UPDATE! Novella Reading Challenge [MINI Book Reviews]

Posted April 29, 2013 by Jenna in book reviews, reading challenge, updates / 0 Comments

Hi guys! 

Whew! I was finally able to finish the pictured novellas (above) this week! And I am so happy! *happy dance* 

The novella I loved the most is…ugh, I can’t pick! I loved them all! They were all good! And each had a different story and sub genre…

Anyway, here’s a quick review for each of them:

What really happened in Peru 
by Cassandra Clare and Sara Reese Brennan 
Margaret K. McElderry Books
April 16th, 2013

I loved it! Such a quick and entertaining read! Magnus certainly is a warlock I want to travel the world with. He is fun and daring and adventurous.
I like how the novella was divided by year, and the stories were all humorous and just plain enrertaining. You will all love Magnus, and his tales. Especially when he’s drunk. He can do many despicable things but always finds himself excused and pardoned for the things he did. I can actually make his name a verb, and the meaning would be “to do adventurous and out-of-this-world brilliant and daring and adrenaline-filled jaunts, without paying any consequences. Except being banned from Peru.” Haha.
The ending was quite expected but still unexpected in some ways too. Yeah., we still don’t know why he was really banned from Peru! What a teaser and I absolutely feel we are being grafted from this. Just be thankful Cassandra and Simon&schuster because that we love the stories, or we will no longer fall for these trickeries! Lol

Glitter & Doom 
by Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow Books (Harpercollins)
March 26th, 2013

A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin’s dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.
April, niece to the dying city’s cruel dictator, is Araby Worth’s glittery and frivolous best friend. But she’s more than she appears. And when she disappeared in Masque of the Red Death, where did she go? This short novella answers that question, taking us deep underneath the crumbling city, where April crosses paths with Kent, the serious young inventor who is key to rebellion. Glitter & Doom is a story of chilling action, of spies, and of surprising love. Can love be anything but doomed is a city that’s burning down around its survivors?
A dark, unnerving story about two of the most fascinating characters from Masque of the Red Death.

Die for her (Revenants #2.5)
by Amy Plum
April 2nd, 2013

“Oh gosh JULES! ma chérie, mon amour! Sigh. Reading your perspective from the past two books in one short novella wrenches my heart. Your heart needs fixing and maybe I can help? Haha.
Seriously, this novella fills in a lot of gaps and explains why Jules did the things he did.
Plus the bonus chapter one for “If I Should Die” is such a killer!”

Crossing the Line 
by Katie McGarry
April 1st, 2013

I don’t know how Katie McGarry was able to create a riveting story in a novella. It felt like I read a whole novel too!
The story was good and the ending as well. Yeah okay, the story’s setting happened only for two days, but the flashbacks and narration narrated what happened before, so that was a fill-in. This is kind of a unique novella for me as it tells a different story from the companion series it came from. Usually, novellas from any series tells the same story just from a different perspective etc. anyway, I won’t linger on that. What’s important is this novella was so sweet and short and you just want to squeeze Lila and Lincoln for their adorableness. High five!

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