Apparently novellas are the new black. If you’re unfamiliar with a novella, it is a longer short story that accompanies a larger novel in some way. Sometimes you’ll see them listed as a “0.5” of a series, like a prequel, or a “1.5”, meaning that it comes after the first book, but before the second. I find that they tend to be hit or miss. I’ve compiled a list of 5 novella collections that I enjoyed reading.
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
This is probably my favorite novella collection. I enjoyed the Divergent series, but I strongly disliked the main character – Tris. To my complete joy, Allegiant switched back and forth between Tris and Tobias’ POV, giving my favorite character – Four – some spotlight time. I was excited to read Four because I knew it would give me more insight into Tobias’ life before he met Tris. The Initiate was my favorite.
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
When this book was first released, it was just there for some bonus background information. Now that Queen of Shadows has released, I have to say that these novellas are just as important as the other books. I recommend to people when they start the Throne of Glass series, that they read The Assassin’s Blade after the third book, Heir of Fire. There are some things in QoS that you won’t be able to follow without having read these novellas. Overall, I really felt like I understood Celaena better because of these novellas. The Assassin and the Desert was my favorite.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
This book has ELEVEN novellas. I have mixed emotions about these stories. I love Magnus’ character, I really do, but I didn’t feel like these novellas told me anything about him that I didn’t already sort of know. It just didn’t thrill me. Plus, I had just finished The Assassin’s Blade and was all in love with it, so I couldn’t help but compare these stories to those. But in the end, I just liked getting to read some more of Clare’s writing and spend some more page time with Magnus. The Midnight Heir was my favorite because I love Will, Tessa, and Jem.
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio
I flew through the first of these novellas (titled The Julian Chapter), but then it took me forever to want to read the other two. While the others had interesting information and offered different points of view to the happenings of Wonder, I wasn’t thrilled by them. The Julian Chapter was fascinating to me for a few different reasons. It’s enlightening to get into the mind of a bully, but also his grandmother’s WWII story was SO interesting! This novella was clearly my favorite.
Happily Ever After: The Selection Novellas by Kiera Cass
I haven’t read this hardback edition (because it releases later this month), but I read the novellas individually as they were released as eBooks. I will probably read this at some point, in case there are new stories in it. The Guard was my favorite because I love Aspen.
How do you feel about novellas? Some people hate them, some like them…what about you?
Happy Reading! – Caitlyn