Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best I've Read in 2013: Novellas/Short Stories

This is day number FOUR of my Best I've Read in 2013 posts. Today I'm going to be talking about Novellas and Short Stories I've read and loved this year. Over the past few days I've talked Contemporaries, Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction, Dystopians and Classics. These are shorter, but they're not lacking in depth or content and they all stood out to me.



Radiant

Author: Cynthia Hand
Series: Unearthly, #2.5
Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.
 The Unearthly series is one of my absolute favorite series. Clara is a strong heroine, her best friend Angela is kickbutt, and then I can't forget our swoonworthy boys: Christian and Tucker. To be honest, I'm not one to read novellas, but after I saw a review from a blogger whose opinion I value I decided I had to read it. And let me tell you this novella is just as amazing as the entire series. It has so many answers in it that I wouldn't have received had I skipped it and went straight into Boundless. Their trip to Italy was very eye-opening and was a catalyst for everything that was going to happen in the end. If you've read this series but you haven't read Radiant, I strongly urge you to do so. My Review



Elixir

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #3.5

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex. Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for. Even if it means making war against the gods.
You may not know this (but you probably do if you've been keeping up with my Best I've Read posts) but the Covenant series is also one of my favorites. And if you're a fan of this series, I'm sure you've been dying to read in Aiden's point of view. I know I was. That was the biggest reason I decided to read Elixir. I wasn't sure how I felt about him compared to Seth (because I'm a HUGE Seth fan) so I figured getting inside of Aiden's head would be a great way to understand him and his feelings for Alex better. After reading Elixir, my thoughts on Aiden changed for the better and now he's tied with Seth on my Teams list. This novella is definitely one to read. My Review



The Runaway Queen

Author: Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles, #2
Magnus Bane has a royal role in the French Revolution—if the angry mobs don’t spoil his spells. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.

While in France, immortal warlock Magnus Bane finds himself attempting to rescue the royal family from the horrors of the French Revolution—after being roped into this mess by a most attractive count. Naturally, the daring escape calls for invisible air balloons…

This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Runaway Queen, is written by Maureen Johnson and Cassandra Clare.
I had fully intended on keeping up with all the novellas in the Bane Chronicles, but because of circumstances I haven't been able to (I will get to them eventually!). However, of the few I have read, this one has stood out in my mind. I really enjoyed reading about Magnus and his attempt at helping the queen and her royal family escape. Especially when the vampires got involved. At that point, I had no idea how they were going to get out of that one.

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So what about you? Have you read any great novellas/short stories this year? Which ones did you love?


Come back tomorrow to find out which authors I have obsessed over this year.


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