Title: Desert Tales
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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.
(This book that takes place in the world of the Wicked Lovely series.)
I was originally under the impression that this book – and the graphic novels it was based on – told the stories of a few of Keenan’s former Winter Girls. Rather, it follows just one: Rika.
What was really striking about Rika’s story was the way she dealt with the aftermath of having been in love with – and rejected by – Keenan. It was interesting to see how a different person reacted to those things, since the only experiences that were shown in the rest of the story were Donia’s.
Desert Tales is really more like a side story, only tangentially connected to the rest of the Wicked Lovely series. But if you enjoyed Marr’s writing and character development in the other books, you’ll enjoy this one.