by Melissa Marr
Genre: Short Stories, Paranormal Romance & Horror
Publication: February 21st, 2012 by Harper Collins
ARC provided by Author
Amazon (Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook), Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
Synopsis from goodreads
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.
As I sit here, writing this review, I am utterly amazed by just how superb Melissa Marr’s skill as a weaver of stories is.
I have been a fan of her books for some time, both the Wicked Lovely series and her adult debut, Graveminder are high on my list of favorites, but there’s something about this series of stories that truly shines. It’s as if she felt some freedom in the brevity, some extra joy at painting just a portion of the picture and allowing the reader to dream the rest. Each and every word in this books is utter enjoyment and I was transported from the Wicked Lovely realm to a beach at night filled with selchies to a very private, visceral moment of vanity and onto so many other stops along the way of Ms. Marr’s imagination, each one a jewel to behold.
Fans of the Wicked Lovely series have a lot to love here. Not only are there glimpses into the lives of all of my favorite characters (I
If I had to pick my favorite story, it would be Love Struck. While on the surface this is a tale of a girl and the mythical selchies (seals who tranform into humans and shed their Other Skins in order to find their mates) who inhabit the ocean outside her doors, I found the depths she brought to her characters made it so much more. In less than 50 pages, I knew to my bones everything I needed to know about Alana and Murrin and yet I was left wanting so much more. The obstacles they overcome in this short span of pages and the love they find in each other is why I read. It made my soul sing.
To say she is brilliant is not truly enough. She’s an artist of such magnitude that I wept for the characters she created in these vingettes. She made me laugh and sigh and feel and I am so profoundly grateful that I have had the chance to enter into her worlds once more.
Give your self the treat of reading these glorious, amazing stories!!! I give this book a very enthusiastic 5!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading anything by Melissa Marr, you should definitely pick up her Wicked Lovely series, which is not only complete but a glorious, dark and lush ride. BUT if like me you’ve read her ouevre, then I suspect you, like me, are anxiously awaiting the release of her new series, Carnival of Souls, which comes out this fall.
I will DEFINITELY be hitting up Jenny’s Ninja Moms to help me get a copy of THAT at BEA this year!
So, let me know…are you already one of Ms. Marr’s many fans? If so, what book of hers is your favorite? If not, who’s your favorite author of dark and lovely tales?
Leave me your thoughts in the comments, because I’m always interested in hearing your thoughts!
Now go and get lost…in a book!
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