Short Story Collection #1

So, I’ve come to realise that I have an absolutely RIDICULOUS amount of unread books on my kindle. I have 191 unread books on there. Yup. 191. So, I did what any normal person would do…I went through and catalogued all the unread books in a word document, listing how many pages each one had. Now before you think I’m completely insane, I did this for a reason. I knew I had a fair amount of novellas and short stories on there that I’d received for free from various emails and authors (though I ended up having substantially less novellas than I thought I had). I like novellas and short stories for a few reasons:
1. They’re short, so if you don’t like what you’re reading, it’s not going to be a massive waste of time.
2. It gives the reader a chance to ‘sample’ an author, if you will. It lets us have a brief peek into the voice of an author and whether it something you would enjoy reading on a larger scale.
3. It’s a really great way to get a taste for a series. It lets us take a bite out of a world and it’s characters to see if they are a good enough fit, that we will take the plunge into the full series.

So I figured a good way to start whittling down this mammoth list of books would be to start burning through them all. Because novellas and short stories…are…well… are rather short, instead of giving each one it’s own post, I’m going to do a few of these kinds of posts that will contain roughly three reviews a piece. So WELCOME TO MY FIRST NOVELLA COLLECTION POST!! Lets just jump right in, shall we?

The Wrath of the FuryThe Wrath of the Fury by Michelle Madow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actual rating of 2.75

The night of the Olympian Comet, everything changed for three friends. These friends also happen to be witches, descendants of the Greek Gods. Something is happening, it has their teacher scared and the principal putting a curfew and lock-down in place for everyone’s safety. However, that won’t stop the trio from sneaking out to attend an event. However things take a turn for the worst, and two of the three find out something rather interesting and dangerous about themselves.

This is a short story that I’ve had sitting on my kindle for AAAAAGEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS. And since my kindle TBR list is sitting at 191 BOOKS! YES 191. I HAVE A PROBLEM. I figured what better time than now to start to whittle this list down to something a bit more manageable and lets face it…normal. So I’ve decided to go through all my kindle books and get through all the novellas that I’ve got sitting on there. This happened to be one of them, I believe I also have the first book to the Elementals series sitting on there as well.

I found this to be a great story to cut my teeth on as I haven’t read anything by Michelle Madow before. This story can be read at any time throughout the Elementals series, it doesn’t impact the main story line from what I can gather, it’s just a little peek into the Elemental world.

While I enjoyed this story, it was fast paced, action packed for such a short read, and the whole premise of the world and the inhabitants is super interesting, I did have a teeeeeeeny issues with the writing. Don’t get me wrong Madow is a good writer from what I’m seeing in this story, and she has a way to make her characters jump right off the page, I just felt that she was ‘telling’ rather than ‘showing’. I’m hoping that this changes in the main series, and that maybe it was just a problem in THIS particular story as it IS so short.

There’s not too much I can say about the story other than what I’ve already said, but I definitely recommend it for those who have read the series, or are yet to read it.

Mixed (Atlas of Women, #4)Mixed by Suzanne Jenkins

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

POSSIBLE SPOILERS

Actual rating of 3.5

After her boyfriend leaves her, a woman is left alone wondering what is going to become of her. Until a chance meeting changes everything. This is a story of two people just trying to live their lives in safety and freedom, and if a little love should happen, they won’t complain.

I haven’t read any of the other book sin Jenkins’ Atlas of Women series. I received this short story through an email from memory. I had no idea what the story was about going into it, as the blurb doesn’t give much away, but that’s okay.

I found this to be a lovely short story about a woman who’s freedom and safety is uncertain. Not knowing whether she will be one of the unlucky “mixed” people to be relocated would be terrifying, and in such a short story the author portrays that fear and uncertainty brilliantly.

From the first sentence I was instantly drawn in and I had so many feels for our protagonist. I would love to read a full length story involving the characters in this story. I feel like it would be one full of tears, laughter and smiles. I don’t want to say too much about the story itself in case I give too much away. But just know, it was a wonderful story, it’s made me want to check out more by this author, and I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllly want a full length story about these characters!! The characters were well fleshed out for something so short, and the writing was wonderful.

 

One Way Ticket: A Travelers Series StoryOne Way Ticket: A Travelers Series Story by Alia Hess

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sasha has just left his Grandmother’s funeral. His Aunty is angry at him because his Grandma left him basically everything and left her nothing. He didn’t ask for it, but he understands why Grandma did it. She always looked out for him, she was his reason to try to be better, to try and make something of himself in a world that scans people’s ID chips as they pass. Where drones ask you to take surveys on the streets. In a world that Sasha survives by running internet scams. But now that she’s gone, his left adrift, unsure of what to do with his life now that he has no one to ‘kick him up the ass’ when he needs it the most. When he comes across a website on the darknet that offers him the chance at a new life, working a genuine job, and earning clean money he is left with a serious decision to make. Does he run the risk of going through with it? Is it worth the risk to have a better life if the risk is possible death?

I really enjoyed this one!! I was completely enthralled from the first page. The world that Hess has created is amazing, and while so technologically advanced, it also gives you the feeling of being trapped. Watched. You can FEEL Sasha’s hopelessness. This is the first story I’ve read by Hess, and I will definitely be checking out the series that goes with this novella. I really want to find out more about this world. I want to know more about Sasha, I want to know what happens to him. I JUST WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING!

The writing was wonderfully flowy, and before I knew it, I was finished. I found Sasha’s character so interesting. He runs internet scams to make a living, but he loves his Grandma so much and would do anything for her. Having that lifeline, that anchor taken away from him was just sad. The emotions Hess was able to make me feel in such a short amount of pages was unreal. I also really felt for Sasha’s cat, I was a bit worried about Zola at first, but I’m not anymore. Being able to give your characters such depth and the story as well, in so little pages is a skill that not many authors have, Hess definitely does.

This has sparked a need to investigate the main series and I do believe I’ll be reading the whole thing.

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