Faery Tales & Nightmares

Faery Tales & Nightmares

by Melissa Marr


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Faery Tales & Nightmares is an anthology of short stories by Melissa Marr, many set in the world of her Wicked Lovely series.
Marr revisits favorite fan characters such as faeries Niall and Irial, and introduces fascinating new beings, including a vampire, a pair of selchie brothers, and a goblin. The strange creatures can appear anywhere, coming from the sea, from the woods, from inside storms; they may come seeking to bring destruction or to find a passionate encounter…
Lush, seductive, and chilling, the stories in Melissa Marr’s Faery Tales & Nightmares blend fairy tales and folklore, horror and fantasy, and allow us to revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061852732
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 585,037
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Melissa Marr is the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not traveling, Melissa can be found in Phoenix or online at www.melissamarrbooks.com.

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Faery Tales & Nightmares 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
GothicAngelBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I really love the cover for this book. I love that it's pretty yet haunting at the same time. It was what drew me to it in the first place and made me ask for a copy for review. FAERY TALES & NIGHTMARES isn't a full length novel. It's a collection of 8 short stories. WHERE NIGHTMARES WALK, WINTER'S KISS, TRANSITION, LOVE STRUCK, OLD HABITS, STOPPING TIME, COTTON CANDY SKIES AND MERELY MORTAL. At first, I wasn't too sure if I could read the ones that take place within the Wicked Lovely world. I haven't yet read that series and I argued with myself as to whether reading them would spoil any future enjoyment when I do pick them up. I needn't have worried though because as it turns out, they made me more likely to read Wicked Lovely. I fell in love with 2 of the characters, Niall and Irial and now I am desperate to read more about them. *swoons* Sorry, I got sidetracked there for a moment. I don't want to write this review as I would for a full-length novel. I don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read it yet. The stories are so short and sweet that I find it hard to sum them up and do them justice without giving too much away. What I can tell you is that this book is a MUST for Wicked Lovely fans. I hadn't actually read anything by Melissa Marr before picking this up but now I know that she is an author that I really look forward to more from. I can definitely tell why she is a New York Times Bestselling Author. Her writing is fast-paced and intriguing, she keeps you guessing what will happen next. I fell truly in love with Niall and Irial and if she can write more characters like them, then I can see myself falling in love plenty more times. I adore books where you feel like you could actually be part of the story. I felt so at home within the stories based within the Wicked Lovely world. This is why I am now so eager to pick up the series. I actually cried at one of them so if a short story can do that to me, imagine what a full-length novel about those characters will do to me. I love all things fey. This is probably why those were my favourite of the 8. But I did enjoy all of them. They were fast and fun for different reasons. I am so pleased that I was presented with the opportunity to read this book. So thanks to Rosi at Harper Collins for sending it to me. Thanks to Melissa Marr for creating such amazingly good stories and worlds in which to get lost. I look forward to getting to know the rest of your characters.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book is composed of several paranormal short stories. There are five that are about the Wicked Lovely world. Two I had already read on their own (Stopping Time and Old Habits) so I skipped those, but I loved the ones I hadn't read before! You get to learn about what happens with Rabbit in Faery, and what happens between Keenan and Donia after the series is over. Probably my favorite though was seeing what happens to Seth after the events in the main series. Aside from the Wicked Lovely stories, my favorite was one about Selkies. It was so well thought out and put together that I could easily see myself reading a whole series around that world.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Faery Tales & Nightmares is a collection of Melissa Marr's short stories, slightly more than half from the Wicked Lovely Universe, and the rest in different worlds, but all with a host of magical, dangerous creatures, and a dark perspective on magic and its costs.Individual Summaries and Reviews: - "Where Nightmares Walk" (1:39) is not a story per se - less than a full page of printed text - but it does give a hint of proper nightmare feeling.- "Winter's Kiss" (16:44) is a fable of a girl who carries winter inside her, and the bear who is capable of withstanding even that chill. This was a short piece, and I feel like the enchanted bear thing has been done before, but it nicely captured the rhythm and tone of a fairy tale or myth.- "Transition" (58:58) is a vampire story, but it's not one of *those* vampire stories. Rather, it's a dark story about love and hate and obligation, and about how a vampire can and can't go about ridding itself of the one that sired it. This story grew on me as it went along, and wound up reminding me of some of the more dark and twisted parts of Buffy.- "Love Struck" (1:20:38) is a selkie story, only in Marr's version, it's not a fisherman who traps the selkie, but a male selkie who tricks a human girl into taking his skin and thus becoming his mate. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this one; it ended okay, but for a large part in the middle there was a sizable whiff of Stockholm Syndrome about the whole thing that was really putting me off.- "Old Habits" (2:13:50) is the first Wicked Lovely-related story in this collection; it takes place after the events of Ink Exchange. Niall is the new Dark King, but he's still adjusting to the position. Irial, the former Dark King and now Niall's advisor, only wants what's best for the Dark Court and for Niall, but those aren't always the same thing, and Irial has got centuries of secrets to keep. I didn't like Irial much at all after Ink Exchange, but this story provided an interesting look at things from his point of view, and I wound up finding him pretty sympathetic.- "Stopping Time" (1:33:19) is also a Niall and Irial story, although it also features Leslie, the mortal girl that both faeries love, and neither one can have. Leslie has done her best to stay away from the world of the Dark Court, but with two powerful faeries that love her, she's never truly alone. But when she's really in danger, can either of them save her in time? This story also takes place at some point after Ink Exchange, but it wasn't clear to me how it related in time to "Old Habits" - the order of the stories in this collection suggest that "Stopping Time" occurs later, but if that's the case, Niall & Irial's interactions didn't always reflect what had happened in the previous story. (Ditto if "Stopping Time" was supposed to be chronologically first.) Other than that, though, I liked this one too, and it had some nicely sweet moments.- "The Art of Walking" (9:17) is a short piece about an idyllic mountain valley, and what it takes to keep it so idyllic. This was an interesting idea, but I think it was a little too short - I found the ending to be pretty abrupt.- "Flesh for Comfort" (10:06) is the story of a girl who just wants to be pretty, and the extreme measures she will go to in order to achieve that goal. The whole "price of beauty" message was not particularly subtle, but this story had a high enough gross-out factor to make it effective.- "The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King" (21:09) is the story of a girl caught between remaining a member of the Summer King's court, or taking Winter's chill into herself. This story confused the hell out of me, since the girl in question is named Aislinn, but the rest of the world doesn't fit into the established Wicked Lovely mythology, so I spent the entire time trying to figure out if this was in some far future, or if it was a differen
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: An intriguing collection of short stories. Just enough to make you need to read her other books.Opening Sentence: The green glow of eyes and sulfurous breath shimmer in the fog as the Nightmares come into range. **From: Where Nightmares Walk**The Review:This book is a collection of twelve short stories, all written by Melissa Marr, six of which follow the characters from her Wicked Lovely series. The other six are unrelated stories, apparently based on a variety of inspirations, according to her introduction.In the story Old Habits, we first meet, at least in this publication, her characters from the Wicked Lovely series. Niall and Irial are the past, current and future faery Dark King (there is a transitional phase in the beginning). We witness, in this story, what all comes with being the newly appointed Dark King, and what lengths some of his subjects would go to protect him, and keep him happy. When challenged by the faery High Court, everyone, including the new Dark King, must join in the fray. Ms. Marr almost makes this fight sound like a good time. The story Stopping Time features Niall, Irial and their mortal love, Leslie. Leslie once resided in the faery Dark Court and discovered she was better off living in the mortal world. What she has, though, is trouble living without the two main faeries in her life. It is a most unusual love triangle, for all three of them are in love with each other. In this story, Leslie comes under attack by her very own brother, who kidnaps her in an attempt to draw out Niall or Irial, his true objective being the capture of a ¿freak.¿ Niall, Irial and others must then come together to save her from him. As a result, Leslie realizes that to sever all ties is unreasonable, and delivers the two best lines ever. ¿But it¿s okay to stop time every so often to be with someone you love.¿ and ¿Letting you go in the morning will hurt, but I don¿t mind hurting a little if it¿s for something beautiful.¿In the story Unexpected Family, we become more acquainted with Seth, the onetime mortal friend of Niall, and now the faery King of Order (though he hates the title) and apparent opposite, or balance as it were, of the Dark King. Seth receives a letter from his mortal parents requesting his presence at some campground hidden in the mountains of California, far away from civilization. When he finally arrives there, with Niall in tow, he realizes quickly that his parents are surrounded by faeries. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your view, taking care of this group means he must reveal his new self to them and his parents. But all is well, as apparently the fey are just there to pay their respects to their new King, and Seth¿s parental units are just plain amazed.This book also includes:Love Struck - A beautiful little story of a selchie and his mortal love.Transition - A story of vampires, deceit and murder. Remind me never to attend any parties with you, Ms. Marr. Especially if this story is where such inspiration leads. *shudder*Flesh for Comfort - A seriously creepy tale of supernatural ¿plastic surgery.¿And so much more.The one thing I have to say is this; I now NEED to read her other books, specifically those in her Wicked Lovely series. If only I could afford them. Maybe, one day, I will win the lottery so I can buy myself a couple thousand dollar giftcard to Amazon or B&N so I can pay for all the books that I want to buy after doing reviews for Angela and Dark Faerie Tales. Damn her for introducing me to all these new authors and series¿, laugh out loud. Seriously, the best ¿job¿ ever.FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Faery Tales and Nightmares. No goody bags, sponsorships, ¿material connections,¿ or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was wounderful to experience old characters again in new ways and the new stories and characters were great as well
Chancie More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this until I discovered majority of these stories are connected back to and/or written in the same style as her Wicked Lovely series, which I was not fond of and didn't read much of, so this was a pointless book for me to read. Not a fan of Marr's fantasy writing style (Made For You was brilliant, however), and I am not fond of the storytelling itself.
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All the stories were boring and some are crazy. I don't read her books again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the stories cant stop reading them thay are amazing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adds to her Wicked Lovely stories nicely, plus several good stand alones.
TMBreck More than 1 year ago
Decent even without reading the Wicked Lovely books. I'm going to go ahead and rate this purely on the non-Wicked Lovely stories as it's been forever since I've read any of those. The remaining stories ran from meh to wonderful, in my opinion. I'm not ashamed to admit that Winter's Kiss, Love Struck, and The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King made me tear up a bit. Those two gave a mature and heart tugging look at love and the choices we make. Flesh for comfort left me a bit disturbed, but I definitely think that was the intention.
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