I’ve read so few novellas or short stories that I thought I wouldn’t find enough to write this post. But thanks to some amazing anthologies I’ve read recently, and lots of recollection on my part, here I am ready to share my favorite novellas and short stories with you all.
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas
Considering how obsessed I am with the Throne of Glass series, it’s obvious that this has found it’s way into my list. I enjoyed all the novellas in The Assassin’s Blade but the setting of the Red Desert, the Sessiz Suikast or Silent Assassins and the teachings of the Mute Master are especially fascinating. It also gives Celaena the opportunity to engage with a genuine mentor and I think this experience definitely made her a better person.
Before She Was Bloody by Tessa Gratton
This story about a princess born to serve the god of her kingdom, but forced to lead due to unfortunate circumstances is written extremely well. It starts off as a beautiful, forbidden sapphic romance and things take an interesting turn when the prince’s new friend comes to the palace. The hint of a budding polyamorous relationship and the strong willed Queen that she would eventually become is excellent. I fell in love with everything here and I just wish we could have a full novel with these characters.
The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo
The Darkling is one of my favorite characters ever and it’s pretty obvious that his origin story will be in my list. This story will make you very sad because it gives an insight into how the Darkling became such a manipulative villain when he could have gone on a different path if not for the circumstances.
One Voice – A Something in Between Story by Melissa de la Cruz
A very compelling story about a Filipino MC feeling unsafe in her own campus when acts of racism go unpunished. It’s also about students coming together in one voice to protest the acts of violence and stand by each other. A very emotional and relatable read.
Super Human by Nicola Yoon
This story shows us a hard look into the current situation of the country where young black men constantly fall prey to acts of police violence and how this could turn even good innocent people to take drastic measures.
Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles is one of my favorite trilogies and the little snippets in between the chapters throughout the three books always fascinated me. This novella gives a context to all those excerpts and also gives us an origin story for the creation of the kingdom of Morrighan.
The Moth and the Flame by Renee Ahdieh
Jalal and Despina are my favorite side characters from The Wrath and the Dawn duology and it was fun to read about how they fell for each other. I just wish it was a bit longer.
The Summer Palace by C. S. Pacat
It would actually be very surprising if this story didn’t make it to the list. Captive Prince is my newest favorite, Damon and Laurent are amazing and it was great to read a short story about them being just cute and fluffy and romantic.
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare
Malec are adorable and definitely my favorite couple in the entire Shadowhunter universe. This story about Magnus trying very hard to get a birthday gift for Alec and even being advised by a demon is too cute and hilarious.
When Water Sang Fire by Leigh Bardugo
I could probably include every single story from The Language of Thorns because this book has stunning writing as well as illustrations. Leigh takes our most popular fairy tales and gives them a very realistic and dark twist. This particular one is supposedly Ursula’s origin story and deals with themes of insecurity, feeling lost, friendship, love and betrayal. And the cameo by someone from the Grishaverse is just an icing on the cake.
Have you read any of these short stories? What are your thoughts? What are some of your favorite novellas or shorts? Do let me know in the comments…!!!