Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Series Novellas

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Shadowhunter Stories
  2. Night of Cake & Puppets
  3. Grisha Novellas
  4. Old Kingdom Novellas
  5. Four: A Divergent Story Collection

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Every time a series comes out that I just can’t get enough of I will read every bit of material associated with these books. Luckily authors enjoy adding little pieces to the bigger picture with short stories and novellas that explore more of the wonderful worlds they’ve created! Let’s look at some of my faves.

First up has to be The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy from Cassandra Clare and some of her author friends. I’m including them together since they are both off shoots of the Shadowhunter series. The reader gets to explore more in depth Magnus Bane’s past as well as Simon’s experiences at the Academy. New details come to light, characters get more fleshed out. Happiness, suffering, fun, and pain all rolled into these two collections.

Next up is Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor which is a short story set between Days of Blood & Starlight and Dreams of Gods & Monsters. It focuses on arguably two of my favorite characters in the series, Zuzana and Mik. We finally get to see how these two met and fell in love all in one magical evening of clues and confessions. It’s a stunning little tale and I’m so glad I discovered it!

All of the Grisha novellas from The Demon in the Wood to The Tailor and The Too Clever Fox to The Witch of Duva are excellent stories that accompany Leigh Bardugo’s series.  Some dig deeper into the lives of favorite characters while others are legendary stories that would be told across Ravka. It’s an excellent mix and her phenomenal writing style shines as always. I will read anything she publishes and I hope we get some Six of Crows short stories soon.

I love the Old Kingdom so much and any foray into this world is an absolute blast. Garth Nix created such an amazing place and To Hold the Bridge and Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case add more dimension to the Old Kingdom. With Nicholas we get a look at characters after the events of Abhorsen and To Hold the Bridge explores the border crossing.

Four: A Divergent Story Collection gives me more of one of my favorite characters in all of Veronica Roth’s dystopian world. There are funnily enough four short stories plus a few extra scenes that give us a wider view of events from Four’s perspective. I love getting more of his POV after getting use to it in Allegiant. It adds to the depth of the story and the world.

So what are your Top 5 Favorite Series Novellas? Let me know in the comments and check back next week for Top 5 Books I Did Not Finish!

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