Desert Tales (Wicked Lovely) by Melissa Marr
Goodreads Summary: 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.
The Mojave Desert was a million miles away from the plots and schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that's exactly why Rika chose it as her home. The once-mortal faery retreated to the desert's isolation after decades of carrying winter's curse inside her body. But her seclusion—and the freedom of the desert fey—is threatened by the Summer King's newfound strength. And when the manipulations of her trickster friend, Sionnach, thrust Rika into a new romance, she finds new power within herself—and a new desire to help Sionnach protect the desert fey and mortals alike. The time for hiding is over.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: I really enjoyed this return trip to the world of Wicked Lovely. A great story, the introduction of a few new characters, and an awesome plot featuring Donia and Keenan.
Before Aislinn became the Summer Queen, there was Donia. Before Donia, there was Rika, a former Winter Girl who tried hard to convince Donia to leave Keenan. Now Rika lives in a cave situated in the Mojave Desert.
Jayce is a character that is near perfect. He accepts Rika for who she is, and loves her anyway. Sionnach is a fox faery, manipulative yet extremely loyal. Rika herself has spent most of her life in isolation, but when she finally takes charge she is nothing but a Queen.
Desert Tales is a quick, enjoyable read and I loved almost every aspect of it. The ending was a bit of a twist, but I'm not entirely opposed to it. Melissa Marr is an expert at spinning her faerytales, one of the many reasons I love her books.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
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Recommended for: Fans of Faerytales.