Author: Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
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.
Table of Contents:
"Where Nightmares Walk"
"Winter's Kiss" (Fairy Tales)
"Love Struck" (Selchies)
"Old Habits" (WL World)
"Stopping Time" (WL World)
"The Art of Waiting"
"Flesh for Comfort"
"The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King" (WL World-ish, the short story that started the series)
"Cotton Candy Skies" (WL World)
"Unexpected Family" (WL World)
"Merely Mortal" (WL World)
Review: I really enjoyed all the stories! Especially the ones from the Wicked Lovely world! That is one of my fave series so jumping into stories from that world was like seeing an old friend. :) I think out of all the WL stories though "Cotton Candy Skies" was my favorite. It brought us back to Faerie after the Shadow Court has settled in. The story focuses more on Rabbit and his adjusting to living in Faerie but it also gave us more of a glimpse of how things have changed with the Shadow Court being there now. I had always wondered how things would be different with the Shadow Court being there now and I finally got a glimpse! I also enjoyed "Stopping Time" because it was Leslie's side of her life after leaving the Dark Court. I always wanted to know how she was living after that, I mean we had some idea in the books but never a full story really from her point of view after Ink Exchange. I did enjoy getting to read about Seth in "Unexpected Family", Keenan & Donia in "Merely Mortal" and the Dark Court after Niall became king in "Old Habits" though even though the first two mentioned were my faves!
I also enjoyed reading "Transition" and "Love Struck." The vampire story was really interesting. I was expecting a different outcome to that story but I was pleasantly surprised with how the story actually went down. It was interesting. Lol. But I enjoyed "Love Struck" way more! I haven't really read any Selchie stories so it was a new experience for me. I loved the background behind the Selchies and how it was incorporated into the story, but I also enjoyed how it didn't go along completely with the Selchie story and took on a bit of a unique story in itself. I was very happy with the outcome of that story even though I didn't see that being the outcome at the beginning. I also liked the short story that started the Wicked Lovely series, "The Sleeping Girl and the Summer King." I could definitely see how that story really got the series going!