Melissa Marr is one of my personal favorite authors - if you haven’t checked out her books yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! If you’re a fan of fantasy and faeries, you’ll love her books - they tend to be set in the modern human world with elements of urban fantasy and romance, though she also writes for children and adults as well.
The best book to start with is Wicked Lovely (TN MAR). It’s a gritty and romantic fantasy story about Aislinn, who is one of the few humans who is able to see the fae. She does her best to keep that ability a secret so that the faeries, who are much more dangerous than most stories would lead you to believe, don’t find out. But when Keenan, the Summer King of faerie, takes an interest in her, she inadvertently gets drawn into the world of faerie on Keenan’s quest to find and unseat the Winter Queen - who also happens to be his mother - from her throne.
Loki’s Wolves by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong (J ARM) is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan - if you can’t get enough of mythological stories, be sure to check this series out! Matt Thorsen is constantly trying to live up to his family’s expectations - his father is a police officer and his brother is always doing something better than he is. But he’s always had one refuge in learning about Norse Myths. When he finds out that he’s actually a descendant of the god of thunder, Thor, himself, it’s up to Matt to work with his cousins Laurie and Fen, who are both descendants of Loki, to save humanity. This one is more for middle grade readers, but Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong are fantastic writers and know how to make their books enjoyable for readers of all ages.
Melissa Marr has also contributed to Shards & Ashes and Life is Short and Then You Die (Jh SHA, LIF), which are both short story collections by various different authors. Shards & Ashes is about bleak, dystopian futures that are brightened by a little romance. I really enjoyed this one - it’s the perfect mix of doom & gloom with just enough romance to keep it from getting too heavy and dark. On the other end of the spectrum, Life is Short and Then You Die is a collection of several different authors’ takes on first encounters with murder and mystery. Whether the main character finds a body in the woods or begins receiving threatening Snapchats, someone’s life is in danger and the clock is ticking to find the killer.
Rags and Bones (TN MAR) is a short story collection by several other YA authors and edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt. It consists of each author’s unique twists on classic fairy tales. This is one of my personal favorite short story collections because every single author does such a fantastic job of making each tale their own.
Can’t get enough of Melissa Marr? Me neither! Visit her website for more info on upcoming books! If you're looking for more to read while you wait for her next awesome book, check out these read alikes: The The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (TN BLA), Iron King by Julie Kagawa (TN KAG), and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. All three are series starters, so if you haven't already read them, they should tide you over for a little while.