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.
I am a huge fan of Melissa Marr, so when I seen Faery Tales and Nightmares I couldn't wait to get my grubby paws on it. I was definitely not disappointed, Mellissa Marr always writes compellingly. If you are a fan of the Wicked Lovely series then you really need to pick up this fantastic book.
Faery Tales and Nightmares is a collection of short stories that Melissa Marr has written over time and decided to put them all together in one book. I'm not going to go through and tell you about them all, because that would just spoil all the fun. So I will tell you about some of my favourites.
OLD HABITS: This comes after Ink Exchange, when Irial gives up the throne to the new Dark king, Niall. We get to read about Niall adjusting to his new role as king, with the help of Irial, who still won't reveal his secrets to Niall. I love Niall and Irial's strange yet beautiful relationship, so seeing them bonding and healing their relationship together was really amazing. There is also mentions of Sorcha (The High Queen), Devlin and when they first set their sights on Seth. What a treat to get this story of my two favourite characters in the Wicked Lovely series, Niall and Irial.
STOPPING TIME: This comes after Fragile Eternity, Leslie has asked both Niall & Irial to leave her alone and give her some space. Irial shows up in a coffee shop that Leslie goes to every week and while they don't speak, Leslie knows he is there and it is reassuring. She speaks to Niall on the phone but doesn't see him, so she sees one and speaks to the other. Leslie is in danger so Irial and Niall come to the rescue, Leslie loves them both and while she is grateful for the protection from the Dark Court, she won't be with either of them. We also get to see how much Irial really does love and care about Niall. I am so glad Melissa Marr put in this heartfelt piece, I was wondering what happened to Leslie after she left.
Cotton Candy Skies: This is Rabbit's story, of how he adjusted to living over in Faery. Rabbit ended up having no responsibilities after he moved to Faery, his sister Tish is dead and Ani doesn't need him as she is the new Queen of Shadows, he doesn't have his tattoo shop to keep him occupied either. But when he meets a very strange faery called Olivia, things might just change for the better. I love Rabbit's character and I am over the moon with his ending.
I really can't praise Faery Tales and Nightmares enough. It ties up some loose ends, gives us more information about some of our favourite characters from the Wicked Lovely series and there are also some brand new stories and characters not related to the series. I was engrossed from start to finish and the ending came all too soon. Fantastic job Melissa Marr, Faery Tales and Nightmares is a real winner.
Some of my favourite quotes:
"When they ran, they were a beautiful nightmare - So much so that even the former king of nightmares felt a flush of terror roll over him."
"He was every monstrous thing she shouldn't miss, every nightmare she shouldn't crave."
"When he'd seen her on the beach several good tides ago, he'd known she was the one: a girl who loved the reef and the moon was a treasure."
*Special thanks to HarperCollins for the review copy*