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Desert Tales

(Wicked Lovely)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,397 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Return to the world of Melissa Marr's bestselling series and discover how the events of Wicked Lovely set a different faery tale in motion. . . . Originally presented as a manga series and now available for the first time as a stand-alone novel, Desert Tales combines tentative romance, outward strength, and inner resolve in a faery story of desert and destiny.

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Paperback, 245 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by HarperCollins
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Mena It's exactly the same as the manga with some added dialogue, and a different ending. It's worth it for the different ending.…moreIt's exactly the same as the manga with some added dialogue, and a different ending. It's worth it for the different ending.(less)

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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

My Thoughts:

✦ This is the story of Rika, who was the Winter Girl, before Donia.

✦ If you're looking for more Aislinn, Seth or Niall...this ain't it.

✦ We do get a bit of Keenan and Donia though.

✦ It's always been hard for me to picture these faeries especially Sionnach with his pointy ears and bushy tail.

✦ I did enjoy all the manipulations especially from that sly fox! LOVE his reasonings behind it!


✦ Jayce was also an interesting character...I'm still not sure why Rika gave him what
Julie Zantopoulos
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2018
This was a really cute spinoff companion novel to the Wicked Lovely series. You guys know I'm garbage for this world and I loved being able to see back into visit with Keenan, Donia, Ash, Seth, and the rest of the courts. I totally fell in love with Rika and of course with Shy. I mean, how could I not. I will forever love Fae and this series/world. I may have to check out the manga this was based off of. If she ever decides to go the Cassandra Clare route and never leave this world, I'm ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
No Seth? No Aislinn? Donia? NO NIALL??!

We shall see about you Desert Tales.

Either way.... I have grabby hands right now for this book.

Edit 9/18/13: I have won this through GR Giveaway! So excited! =D


Merged review:

Loved! I've missed the Wicked Lovely world. I've never been a big fan of Keenan, and he still didn't impress me here. But I liked Rika and her story. I've always been curious about the girls before Donia, and this was a fabulous tale of one of Keenan's previous mortals to try,
2.5 stars - Spoilers

-Good but also bad. The world building and some aspects of the story were done well, but the characters and relationships were utterly dull.

-What's what: Rika (solitary fae/former winter faery/summer king's sort of ex) lives in the desert away from faery politics, she keeps to herself because she can't get over being used by her sort of ex Keenan (the summer king).
Anyway, Rika avoids the other desert fae and spends all her time feeling sorry for herself because she was betr
Am4u ❀ ~ AprilMarie4u ~ ❀
This is a YA PNR/UF part of a series (spin-off).

The Story

This book is about Rika (a Winter Girl before Donia), Sionnach (the desert alpha & a fox faery), and Jayce (human male). Some scenes with Keenan & Donia, but no other characters from the series make an appearance in the book.

The majority of the book is about Rika healing emotionally and finally accepting who & what she now is. Sionnach nudges Rika along that path while Jayce is the motivation that gets her going onto that path.

I under
Dark Faerie Tales
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: With cute romance, great drama, and an intriguing plot this is sure to be a hit for both fans of the Wicked Lovely series and those that are new to the series like me.

Opening Sentence: Trusting Keenan had been the mistake that informed Rika’s entire life, a mistake that had cost her both her humanity and her happiness.

The Review:

Rika was a lovely, sweet mortal girl that fell in love with the wrong person and it cost her everything. The Summer Ki
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Kept me turning the pages throughout the 1 day it took me to read cover to cover -- same overall as other books in this series --- but can i please say, "Ms. Marr, WHY THE CONSTANT RIDICULOUS FRIKKEN REDUNDANCY?!?" Oh my glory!! HOW MANY BLESSED TIMES DID SHE REALLY NEED TO REPEAT THE ENTIRE MODUS OPERANDI OF POSSIBLY BECOMING THE WINTER QUEEN ??!!!! Especially NOW, at the very last book in a 6 book series, given its been repeated in nearly every book thusly???!! In case you can't tell..... that ...more
Laura Martinelli
One of the main things that really drew me into Wicked Lovely was the whole concept of the Winter Girl—Donia was one of my favorite characters throughout the series, and I really loved her strength and development over the course of five books. (Even if she did take Keenan back at the very end.) But one of the things that did stick with me during the series was the idea that humans who are touched by the faery world can never truly leave it, and there’s only an offhand mention of some of the for ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the ending
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
The Author's Note in the Desert Tales book states that the previously written five novels in the Wicked Lovely series stand on their own, so it is not necessary to read Desert Tales to enjoy and understand the going-ons in the other books, it's just a companion novels for fans who want to know more about the faery world. The story of Desert Tales happens roughly at the same time as Radiant Shadows, the forth book in the series.

Desert Tales is a wonderful addition to the Wicked Lovely Series if y
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Desert Tales
Rating: 4.5/5
Reading Thoughts:
15% I like Rika so far. She seems pretty badass and able to take care of herself. She dealt with Keenan pretty well. I miss this world.
26% Oh my, Jayce and Rika are pretty cute even though they don't know much about each other yet. I think they'll be an awesome couple. I wonder what Sionnach is planning and what it has to do with Rika. Does he love her/ want her as a lover? Or is she a pawn for him? I really hope not because he seemed like a pretty dece
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOVED this series and to have a Novella come out later on to tell us about one of the Winter Girl's story? Phenomenal! Melissa did a wonderful job on keeping us linked with some of the other characters from the series. She paints a great picture for us to see exactly what Rika, main female character, is like. You get pulled into the scenes and emotions right along with the characters in the story. There is a rift in the Desert Fae and watching Rika get interested in a "human boy" is ...more
Alexis U
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF: 80 pages.

I did read this story in the original manga form when it was first published. I'm a huge fan of the Wicked Lovely series, and I was one of many who wanted this story in novel form. Now I'm just wishing it didn't exist.

The writing felt lazy. For something that was originally written for a visual medium, there's very little description of setting. I usually don't notice this in other books, but having seen this story before, the lack of description really stood out to me.

Secondly, I

Rika and Jayce were rather flat characters. Jayce in particular was so boring and faded into the background. Sionnach was the real star of this book, (view spoiler)

Also, Rika, you are the Number 1 Stalker.
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow I will admit I wasn't expecting to get too involved with this book or its characters but I was happily proven wrong.

I must say that Sionnach was my favorite from the beginning. Maybe its my love of Foxes or maybe it's because I love a man (or faerie) who manipulations aside, has really amazing motives. Any character (or real life person although its less likely to find one of those) who can love someone enough to recognize they aren't what the person needs right now is a solid 10 in my eyes.
Danielle (cozycoffeebook_)
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The main character in this story was just what I wanted! She was fierce yet a little timid. It really is great book. However the reason I gave it only 3 stars is because
1. It retold the story of her and Keenan and how she felt for him too many times in the book. Once is enough. Keenan sucks. We know.
2. I did not like how it ended. It needed more to it. It started like it was going to an epic battle of sorts then it abruptly ended and left me wanting to know more about these fey.
Other than tha
Rebecca Jane
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Somewhere between 3.5 and 4.
This was a nice, cute add on to the Wicked Lovely series that I love so much, although not the best written. It was interesting seeing what was going on in the Desert and where Keenan went while he was away. Rika was an interesting character and so was Sionnach. Jayce was a nice human character in amogst all the faery politics but I enjoyed the realistic ending.
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second time round with the book. I read it a while ago but couldn't really remember much and was happy to get back into the Wicked Lovely world for a while. ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I love the Wicked Lovely series so it was a no brainer that I should pick this one up! Unfortunately, I did not like this as much as Wicked Lovely. I mean, it was a nice backstory to one of Keenan's former potential queen's. It gave us an insight to someone who was never apart of the story and is on a different side of the realm. Rika is among other fae in a desert who don't belong to the Winter or Summer Court they just exist in a world of their own. She has not forgiven Keenan for taking away ...more
Captain I
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I prefer prose format to graphic novel as a story style, so I was glad to get this novel version of the manga story. She has expanded the details of the tale told in the manga, particularly in terms of world building and character relationships, which took an unexpected turn. While it still feels a little...rough? in places, unpolished, it’s certainly well worth a read if you enjoyed the Wicked Lovely series as much as I did. Besides, its desert setting and the harsh dynamic of the solitaries ki ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
I did like this, I had trouble concentrating on it at times though so it took me a while to finish it, and made me like it less.
I liked Rika, although personally I don't think I'd enjoy living in a cave in the desert. I did feel sorry for her (view spoiler)
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After Donia becomes the Winter Girl releasing Rika from that cold hell, Rika flees to the Mojave Desert to live there among the Solitary Fae. She lives basically in isolation for years, not really speaking to anyone but the desert alpha Sionnach. But, when the solitaries and life in the desert is threatened Sionnach needs Rika to help him protect them because she is the strongest of them all. He devises a plan involving a human boy Jayce that she seems to be infatuated with to draw her out of he ...more
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful gentle teen fairy romance with a protagonist who comes into her power and learns to choose her allies carefully in a dangerous desert. I've never read a story with such hetero behaving fae before, but I assume they're all bi and just happen to be interested in male female relationships at the moment. Forever is a long time. It felt like some characters were only there to support the main character. I wish her dreadlocked lover had a bit more character development. The manipulation and ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want MORE!!!!

I don’t know how I missed this book when I was reading the wicked lovely series but I am so glad I found it. We could lovely is the best ever series about fairies that I have ever read and I have read a lot of books. I have read the whole series at least five times and I’m actually about to start reading it again. If you have not read the series and you like fairies even a little bit this is the series you need to read! The world building is PHENOMENAL, the characters are AMAZING,
Brenda Felldin
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read!

I absolutely loved Wicked Lovely series and was so excited when I saw this book! While it branches off into another story line, there are still many references to the original series.. I only wish it were longer and she would write more stories about the original characters, because I have yet to find another author that can write as enchanting a tale about the Fae as well as Melissa Marr!
Avalon Roselin
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An overall enjoyable read that works well as a minor detour away from the main series. While it did get a little repetitive at times, I enjoyed the new characters and seeing a little more detail of what went on behind the scenes during one part. Fans of the Wicked Lovely series should definitely pick this one up as an extra story, but I think enough is explained about what's going on and what led the characters to their current states to allow new readers to enjoy it as its own story too. ...more
Caitlin Michelle
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really enjoyed this story and the new characters that were in it. I wish there had been a little bit more action in it, but it had an interesting plot for most of it. I liked the inclusion of Donia and Keenan. Donia has always been one of my favorite characters. The epilogue was realistic in terms of Jayce/Rika and Rika/Sionnach, which was refreshing. And I am officially finished with this series!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice addition to the Wicked Lovely world. I've never been a big fan of Keenan, the Summer King, so I enjoyed Rika's story. This was an enjoyable tale of one of Keenan's previous Winter Girls. If you've read Wicked Lovely, you'll know what I'm talking about and if not, the book is still great on it's own. ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited when I found that this book was, in fact, in another form other than Manga. I was enthralled the entire time and was sad when it ended. Great book that is an extension to the Wicked Lovely series. Though you kind of have to know what happens in the Wicked Lovely series to fully understand this book. Still great though.
[audiobook review] 3.4 stars. Should be #4.5 in the Wicked Lovely series, and a companion book (i.e. only makes sense if you've been read thru #3). Rounds out the complicated winter-queen relationship, and a nod to the summer-king; yet, the characters seem a bit "off", and not quite fitting into that universe. Almost, but not quite. ...more
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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, the Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You.

Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally as well as domestically (NY Times, Los Angeles Times, USA T

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Wicked Lovely (5 books)
  • Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
  • Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
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“Sionnach smiled in the way of the falsely modest and added, "Forgive me for not standing, but I can't find the energy just yet."
the answering heat flare was enough to raise the temperature in the cave, enough to explain the fine sheen of sweat on Sionnach's body. It wasn't comfortable, but it was useful at hiding the truth. He waited as Keenan's gaze took in the candles, the glasses beside the bed, and the fact that Sionnach was seemingly naked. There were moments in every faery's life that were too perfect to have been planned, and Sionnach was having just such a moment as he reclined in Rika's bed grinning while the faery who had caused such upheaval in Rika's life—and in their desert—very obviously misinterpreted the clues.”
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