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Faery Tales & Nightmares

(Wicked Lovely)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  3,390 ratings  ·  386 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 418 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by HarperCollins (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Miss Susan
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I finally worked out what it is about Melissa Marr's writing that keeps leaving me so unsatisfied! It's bland. She has characters who range from being calm and centered to fairies whose entire psychological make-up hinges on them being emotionally volatile but they all sound the same. The writing is terrible at actually invoking emotion, Marr uses the Dark Court's ability to taste emotion as a crutch far too often. Here, take a look:

”You remember telling me you could taste emotions?” Seth asked.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-Wicked Lovely stories originally reviewed here.
Wicked Lovely stories originally reviewed here.

The non-WL stories:

This very short story works as somewhat of an introduction into the book, and lets you realize right off the bat that it will indeed be as much about nightmares as about faery tales. It’s a chilling intro that will make you fear the night.

This short story evokes the image of a traditional fairy tale, but one you haven’t heard before. It tells the
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliciously dark, enchanting and hauntingly sinister this collection of fairytales merged with folklore is simply stunning.

I would highly recommend this book for readers who have read Melissa Marr’s ‘The Wicked Lovely’ series (a compilation of five books), as many favorite characters within the series is included in these stories. Together with exciting accounts of new characters for you to either fear or fall in love with, this supremely sublime book contains a concoction of old and new. Dange
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc

Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors, of course me loving all things Fae has nothing to do with it but The Wicked Lovely Series will forever be one of my favorite series so I had to give Faery Tales and Nightmares a try even though short story compilations aren’t really my thing. In Ms. Marr’s case, she made reading short stories so pleasurable that I’m hoping against hope that she’ll do it again!

Faery Tales and Nightmares is compiled of twelve short stories, most of them r
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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We all know how captivating Melissa Marr’s books are. So when I found out that she would be releasing a collection of short stories, I was more than eager to get my hands on it. Faery Tales & Nightmares is compiled of twelve short stories, half of which follow the characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely series.

I am a sucker for anything with the name Melissa Marr attached to it. The Wicked Lovely Series and Graveminder are all in my list of favorite reads. This compilation of short stories was like
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
It was pretty good. Great to read some of Melissa Marr's short stories. ...more
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I was a good idea for Marr to gather her short stories from her anthologies and online ebook offerings into one book. But unfortunately for me I'd already read a substantial portion of the book since I got most of the anthologies out of the library and I actually did buy the ebooks that make up a big chuck of it. I still re-read them all and they were fine, but it didn't change my original three star rating of any of them. I did enjoy the two new stories from the Wicked Lovely world, it was nice ...more
Sarah Insomnia
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Once again, I have to point out that I don't feel confident providing reviews for short stories. I'm too used to novels, and the complaints I have about short stories personally feel more like whining than valid points. But I can say much about this compilation:

First off, I love Melissa Marr. I have since I read "Wicked Lovely" several years back, and while that series started to get a little convoluted with characters and their relationships among one another, her fairies have their very own gr
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok

A collection of short stories, some set in the Wicked Lovely world and others just stand alone contributions.

Where Nightmare's Walk: A very short and pointless story, only a few paragraphs long.

Winter's Kiss: A story about a girl with ice/wintery powers leaving her summery home and meeting an ice bear/boy and searching for a home where she fits in better. This was one of the better stand alone stories, it was predictable but it was still enjoyable. The romance was subtle but sweet.

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Has been on my to-read list since February 2012

minor spoilers if you haven't read the Wicked Lovely series

So why did I pick this one up if I wasn't a fan of the Wicked Lovely series? Well, because I WISH I'd loved the Wicked Lovely series, because nothing makes me happier than series that are very long and allow me to keep hanging out in their world. That, and I already had it preordered before I read (and couldn't stand) Ink Exchange. But I remain eternal
I got this audiobook from the library because frankly, the cover was cool and it looked kind of
spooky. I thought it was a series of shorts (which it is, kind of) but they all comingle with one another. I liked the first 3 parts of the story, I skipped 4-like 8 because it was long and uninteresting and then when I listened to the end, I realized they all coincided but I didn't feel compelled to go back and listen to try and see what was going on as I usually am when I feel like I'm missing somet
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I actually would give this two and a half stars. The writing was slow and boring. The author had to much to tell and didn’t tell it well. She skipped around to the Faerie Courts and it was Jared to follow.

Some felt too long with filler information and no real directions. Others felt like they had potential but never went with it. This was one where the author had a world in mind but didn’t let the reader know or understand the world.
Annerie RooibosReads
Most of the short stories in this book was great and I truly enjoyed them. Some added some interesting views into the lives of beloved Wicked Lovely characters that just connected and tied all the books in The Wicked Lovely series together very nicely.

There were a few stories that were too short for me to get into and a few stories that confused the hell out of me.

Overall I would give this book between 3.5 and 4 stars.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren
A collection of short stories involving the fae.

I enjoyed the tale of the selchie the most. The story, the characters, the world… “Love Struck” is a story well worth re-reading.

“Flesh for Comfort” was a fun and dark tale on what a young woman would do to lose weight…

The stories that play off in the Wicked Lovely world were enjoyable – but I think you should’ve read the series to get the most out of it.

Definitely worth reading over a week with your morning coffee.
Sarah Elizabeth
This was okay, some stories were better than others. I still found 'Old Habits' a bit of a chore, even though it's the second time I've read it this year, and I didn't really see the point of the first story at all, seeing as how it was less than a page long and didn't really make me feel anything. ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 1/21/12:

Short story anthologies aren't always my thing, but this one I loved. I have been so bummed since finishing the last Wicked Lovely book. I hated the thought of not getting to spend any more time with Seth, Devlin, and Ani. I was pleasantly surprised to see that all of my favorite Wicked Lovely characters make appearances in this one. In addition to spending time in a world I already know and love, I was also able to e
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Melissa Marr's Faery Tales and Nightmares was quite the read! Filled with short stories I decided to break the review into short segments about each tale.


This one was a little odd, it was only 2 pages long. Yet the little bit of story we had was interesting. A character is running for their life. And there's a sense of danger, but not much else in known.

Rating 3/5 stars


A nice little vampire story! These vampires have a different set of rules and one vampire will g
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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"Everything I could want in eternity is possible because of you"

I think that if nothing else...this book made me sooo very much want to curl up with the Wicked Lovely series once again :D It's one of my all time favourites. I enjoyed this book and most of the stories in it. The introduction was actually interesting and just knowing there would be additional stories from the Wicked Lovely universe was enthralling! Melissa has created two of the most compelling male characters ever written. And th
Kira Moericke
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I couldn't finish it. The stories were all to surreal, the characters bland, and really uninteresting. I didn't mind the first three stories, but even those were kind of hard to read. Just didn't care for it. ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for anything Melissa Marr does -- she's one of my few buy-on-sight authors. I enjoyed her Wicked Lovely series, and Graveminder was one of my favorite reads from last year. I've been itching to read this ever since I first heard of it, and with enough luck, I won a signed, personalized copy. Needless to say, I'm really happy this happened.

The content: The only two stories (out of 12) I wasn't fond of were "Where Nightmares Walk," which was more of a prologue than anything else, and
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You already know I'm not one for anthologies and short stories but I wanted to give this one a go because all the stories are written by one author who also just happens to be on my favourite list of authors so I could hardly say no could I?

Not only did I enjoy it but it's actually the first anthology I've made it to the end of! I love Marr's beautiful writing and ate up the Wicked Lovely series as each book came out and this is a must for fans of that series.

If you haven't read Marr's previous
Melissa’s Marr’s writing is one of the main reasons I decided to read this book. I always love the way she builds the world in her books. So vivid, enchanting, and beautiful. Even though the story is too dark for my taste, her way of creating details in her story never fails to enchant me. There are twelve dark yet beautiful short stories in this book.

My favorite story in this book is Winter’s Kiss. The moment I read the story, I’m completely hooked up. It’s a story about a princess who has fros
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here.

Full disclosure: I did not read the Wicked Lovely stories in this novel, I have never read the Wicked Lovely series so I didn't want to ruin anything for myself!

"Where Nightmares Walk," "Winter's Kiss" and "Transition" were all beautiful stories. I was especially interested in "Winter's Kiss" and found it to be truly fairy tale-esque with very sweet details. I thought Marr did a nice job with her vampire story, "Transition," vampires with attitude have a special place in
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wicked Lovely series' covers are absolutely gorgeous and Faery Tales and Nightmares' cover is so pretty too! I love the girl's dress, how she is staring at the window and the dark background. It gives an eerie feeling to the book.


12 Enthralling Short Stories...

Okay, so I never reviewed a book full of short stories. I won't go reviewing each short story since it's going to be a long review so I'm going to review the
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fantasy
2.5 stars- This book is made up of short stories. Some are new characters and some are set in the Wicked Lovely world.

Characters from Wicked Lovely: Mostly all make an appearance, but most of the stories are about Niall, Irial and Leslie. Which happened to be my least favorite characters.

The stories that I found the best were the ones not set in the WL world. They had more substance to them. Have you ever read a great book that ended on a good note, then the author throws in an epilogue that rui
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Between these pages lurk beings of harsh beauty and great terror. While one girl is born with Winter within her, another girl will dream the Summer into being. When one girl finds a new life in death another, girl will find a new identity in a woodland creature. And as one girl finds love can be both a blessing and a curse, another girl will learn that love can wait.

Entering a realm that has the potential to be a great nightmare or a fearful faery tale, there may be some familiar faces to guide
Stacey O'Neale
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not really a huge fan of short story collections, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this one. It's a MUST READ for anyone who loved the Wicked Lovely series.

Most of the stories have our favorite WL characters in them. Two of my favorite characters were Niall & Irial so I was happy to have them fill many of the pages. Some stories tell you about things that happened between books while others take you into events after Darkest Mercy.

My favorite short story was the one with Seth and Ni
Jessica Willis
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was between a 3 or 4 rating but nostalgia bumped it up to a solid 4. These stories adding closure and an extra perspective on characters I fell in love with in the Wicked Lovely series.

Niall and Irial remain my absolute favorites so I was happy the two longest stories featured them. The stories seemed rushed (I feel like Melissa isn't used to writing short stories as this was an issue I had with most of her stories) but they answered questions left over from the series.

The non-Wicked Lovely st
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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

Other books in the series

Wicked Lovely (5 books)
  • Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
  • Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely, #2)
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