27 December 2013

{Book Review} Faery Tales & Nightmares

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 December 2013 at 9:05 AM | | | | | | | | | |

clip_image001Faery Tales & Nightmares
Author: Melissar Marr
Pages: 418
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: 4 Birds

Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments dark and light by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from beneath the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention—with amorous or sinister intent—relentlessly.
From the gentle tones of a storyteller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with...or to fear.
Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

WARNING: The short stories set in the WICKED LOVELY world contain spoilers. Proceed with caution if you haven’t read or finished the series.

That being said, as someone who hasn’t read the series in years, I felt pretty confused at times too. I was transported back to the world and characters without much of the recalibration that series usually employ. Why is this character from 2008’s INK EXCHANGE extremely sad again? How did he end up in this place, when I remember him elsewhere? Overall, it was a bit jarring to try to remember details that I read 5+ years ago.

On the flip side of that, I got to remember why I love Niall, Seth, and Irial so much. The three of them star in the lengthier of the short stories contained in FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES. Their odd relationships with one another are expanded upon, often with humorous results.

Marr also treats us to new stories outside of the WICKED LOVELY world, including creepy twists on normal life and a fresh look at the macabre. These stories balance my reactions pretty well between *cringes* and *that’s too cute, my feels.*

Overall, I found this to be a great read. I just suggest having a decent memory of the entire series or being alright with filling in those holes while reading.




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