Favourite Novellas and Short Stories
I overall tend to prefer lengthier reads so, as you can imagine, this week’s topic regarding my favourite novellas and/or short stories is a bit of a difficult one for me! The ones I do like tend to be those that fill in the blanks between a series or are a little precursor of what is to come. Sometimes, they are even just a little epilogue to finish off a story. Here are some of my favourites:
1. The Little Android by Melissa Meyer
I am a huge fan of ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ series. Henceforth, this novella was always most certainly going to make this list! Plus the fact it is based on ‘The Little Mermaid’, well that alone would sell it for me! Although the original tale is somewhat bleak (understatement!) nevertheless the Disney film is one of my favourites!
2. When Rosie Met Jim by Melina Marchetta
Hehe, ‘When Rosie Met Jim’ is a title that makes me giggle (hey UK peeps – anyone remember ‘Rosie and Jim’?) This short story is a prequel for the upcoming book about Jimmy Hallier. Anyone who has read Marchetta’s ‘Saving Francesca’ or ‘The Piper’s Son’ will know exactly who I mean! I cannot wait to meet back up again with good ‘ole Jim!
3. Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews
Any chance to get a little sneak peak at Kate and Curran’s domestic life is a gift for sure! This is a great little insight into their lives set somewhere between books 5 and 6. Awesome stuff! I just simply adore the Kate Daniels books.
4. Reaper by Rachel Vincent
This is the story of how Tod became a Reaper – and it’s an absolute doozy! Seriously, one of the best novellas for this series and in general, to be honest. I adore this series and Tod is my favourite. You can read my review here.
5. Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer
This novella is where Nick, one of my favourite Merrick brothers, first meets Adam. It’s great at setting the scene for Nick’s full-length book ‘Secret’. Furthermore, it also introduces some more important characters in later books. You can read my review here.
6. The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat
I’ve enjoyed all the novellas set in the ‘Captive Prince’ world but this one is without a shadow of a doubt my favourite. Damen and Laurent being all soft with each other? Unquestionably, the hugest draw for me. Sign me right up with bells on!!
7. Crimson Dagger by Morgan Rhodes
Who could complain at getting more Magnus? Seriously, need MOAR Magnus!! Ahem, sorry about that. Got a bit carried away there. Magnus always tends to bring out that side in me. I love the ‘Falling Kingdoms’ series so this one was a no-brainer to be honest. 😉
8. Homecoming by Richelle Mead
This short story can be found in the ‘Foretold’ anthology. An epilogue for Rose and Dimitri and their story, and is perfect for fans of the ‘Vampire Academy’ series. Moreover, it also serves to tie together VA with the new series ‘Bloodlines’ which focuses on the alchemist Sydney Sage and Moroi royalty Adrian Ivashkov.
9. Belonging by Kelley Armstrong
As much as I love her adult series, Kelley Armstrong’s ‘The Darkest Powers’ trilogy is actually my all-time favourite. It was the first one I read and I will always, always have a soft spot for it. This short story in Derek’s POV is a rare treat (ya geddit? cause he’s a werewolfie!) 😉
10. So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon
This novella was a long time coming for fans of the ‘Adrien English’ series. Without a doubt, this novella is for those of us who found the last book wrapped up a just a little too neatly. In essence, if you didn’t feel you got enough of Adrien and Jake’s happily ever after this story is what you have been looking for. To rephrase, in case my meaning wasn’t clear enough: it is the perfect way to say goodbye to the series (or alternatively to start a new series!) *pretty please?*