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Novella Mini-Reviews: The Stranger, The Department of Alterations, The Memory Coder

Well, it’s that time of year again where I start reading novellas to help my catch up to my Goodreads goal (and I’m two books behind again). Then again, I really shouldn’t blame myself because it has been a BUSY year! Regardless, I read a few novellas for free on Tor.com (LOVE IT) and I wanted to share some thoughts!

Title: The Stranger (The Syrena Legacy #0.4)
Author: Anna Banks
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Stranger]
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Related Posts: Of Poseidon (#1) // Of Triton (#2)

The Stranger was a short story featuring the meeting of Galen and his “land friend” Rachel. During the series, we’ve gotten bits and pieces so far of how they met, but this involved more of Rachel’s back story and how she ended up having the working relationship with Galen that she did.

WHAT I LIKED

  • I loved Rachel so I really enjoyed seeing more of her and how she came to work with Galen
  • Baby Galen! Awwww. Okay, not baby, but a much younger Galen, Toraf, and Rayna
  • I ALWAYS like seeing more backstories of the characters so I really just gobbled it up!
  • We get to see just a bit more character development and while it’s not a lot, it’s still fun to see more of my favorite characters!

WHAT I WAS MISSING

I really enjoyed the extra time we got to have with Rachel, but of course it left me wanting just a little bit more (especially after already having read OF TRITON). I just really would have loved to spend a little bit more time with her and just reading more of the story made me want to dive into more plot. THE STRANGER is more of just an extra and doesn’t have a full plot on its own, but fans of The Syrena Legacy will love it!


Title: The Department of Alterations (Crewel World #0.5)
Author: Gennifer Albin
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Department of Alterations]
Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Related Posts: Crewel (#1) // Altered (#2)

The Department of Alterations was a short story that took place actually at the very beginning of CREWEL. We get an glimpse at a story from a different character, one that I actually totally forgot about, but I really liked seeing that different side!

WHAT I LIKED

  • I always love reading a short story/novella/extra that takes place DURING the main novel and from another character’s POV. It was really interesting to see this one! I always like thinking that the authors have to write these snippets just to get a story going from another character to have everything fit together and it fascinates me!
  • I liked seeing pieces fit together. There were some questions intentionally left open in CREWEL about this character and here we get some answers about what happened to her.
  • More backstory! Always always more world building and information

WHAT I WAS MISSING

This is solely from the POV of a completely minor character so while I wasn’t really missing it, you don’t get any interaction with the MAIN characters. It also seemed really short (whereas others feel like complete stories) so just be prepared that you’re not getting a full, separate plot on this one. It’s definitely additional information, but new and exciting all the same!


The Memory CoderTitle: The Memory Coder (Unremembered Companion Short Story)
Author: Jessica Brody
Completed: November 13, 2013
Source: I read it for free on Tor.com and you can too! [The Memory Coder]
Genre: Sci-Fi (YA)
Related Posts: Unremembered (#1)

The Memory Coder was an outside POV as well, taking place in… well, a location that could be a spoiler if you haven’t read UNREMEMBERED yet, so I guess I won’t get too into that! It’s part of Sera’s backstory, although we don’t really deal with her a lot directly. These are the ways that other people have been involved with her before UNREMEMBERED even starts and how she has affected them. If you haven’t read UNREMEMBERED yet, I HIGHLY suggest you read that one first!

WHAT I LIKED

  • I was super interested in the effect Sera had on other people, although I wasn’t quite sure I remembered that from UNREMEMBERED…? (Also a very ironic statement there haha)
  • I always love backstory!! I love prequels and seeing things that happened before the book started.
  • It was really interesting to see the information that we didn’t get since UNREMEMBERED is from Sera’s POV, especially when it’s technically…. “the enemy”!

WHAT I WAS MISSING

It’s been a while since I finished UNREMEMBERED so I feel like I was missing some details. Like, why was everyone so affected by Sera? Did I totally forget that? Was that something that was changed? Is this something that will be played up later? But I really did like that concept and it was a really interesting thing to read about!

Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) – Anna Banks

Of Triton (Of Poseidon #2) – Anna BanksTitle: Of Triton (Syrena Trilogy #2) by Anna Banks
Publishing Info: May 28, 2013 by Macmillan
Source: Won
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 26, 2013
Related Posts: Degrees of Wrong, Of Poseidon (Syrena Trilogy #1)

    Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she’s a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm below. Syrena law states that all Half-Breeds should be put to death.
As if that’s not bad enough, her mother’s reappearance among the Syrena turns the two kingdoms—Poseidon and Triton—against one another. Which leaves Emma with a decision to make: Should she comply with Galen’s request to keep herself safe and just hope for the best? Or should she risk it all and reveal herself—and her Gift—to save a people she’s never known?
Once again, Anna Banks infuses Emma and Galen's points of view with humor, intrigue, and waves of romance.

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Anna Banks has done it again! I fell in love with this mermaid — sorry, Syrena — world and the characters in it. OF POSEIDON was such an enjoyable read for me and I admit that I was a bit afraid to jump back in with OF TRITON for fear that it wasn’t going to be as good. Nowadays, I live in fear of sequels and series for fear that the next book just won’t live up to the first. In many ways, I think OF TRITON was actually better with more established characters, more complicated story lines, and a few shocking moments of its own!

I think the thing that really set OF TRITON apart from its predecessor was that now that we have the Syrena world all established, we can really dive into the politics and laws that govern our characters. Now I’m not one for politics, but the way the Syrena laws drove these story lines was fascinating! It seems all of the characters are tangled and caught in the webs of the laws and they all have to find a way to regain power, establish control, duck around the laws, or create new ones.

And of course, the driving force behind THIS, of course, is love. We’ve got a ton of pairs in this book. First, there’s the Galen and Emma story. Their romance is the steamiest of course and there were quite a few moments when Galen got my blood boiling as well as Emma’s (in a good way)! We have the old yet new romance of Grom and Nalia and the new struggle that they must face of how they can possible get back together when Nalia has supposedly been dead all of these years. Then lastly — which involves two of my favorite characters — is Toraf and Rayna. I love Toraf’s humor and sarcasm but at the same time how attentive he is to Rayna. He’s able to show sensitivity yet handle her fiery nature all at once. They’re definitely my favorite of the bunch! Although yes, yes, of course I love Galen and Emma too!

I also loved getting to see more of some of the secondary characters. Toraf and Rayna were prominent in book one but I feel like they had much more of a story line in OF TRITON and their own personal plot that also intermingled with Emma and Galen’s. We get to see so much more of Emma’s mother, hear more about her past, and get to see her in a totally different light. We always knew Emma took after her mother, but now we get to see some of that ferocity from her as well as Emma! And lastly, we spend a lot of time in the water with various other Syrena. I really enjoyed seeing different aspects of Syrena life, their laws, and new characters that surprised me on so many levels!

OF TRITON leaves us with several high points, but also one shocking moment that took my breath away. Anna Banks left us with one whopper in OF POSEIDON but OF TRITON closes with a whole different type of shocker and that was honestly one place I did not think the book would go. In a way, I was upset but in a way, it gave the book a little extra dash of serious and drama. I thoroughly enjoyed it and devoured the book in a single afternoon! Lots of action, adventure, and romance in this one and I think fans of OF POSEIDON will not be disappointed!
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Emma: Emma is back with all the spunk of book one! She’s got a lot more on her plate with this book (not like finding out you’re half mermaid isn’t a whopper, but still) and with her budding romance with full-blood Syrena Galen, Emma now has to deal with her mother’s shocking history as well as finding a way to keep her boyfriend without his own people keeping them apart. I do have to say that I still lover her spunk and fiery determination above all else! I’m glad that she stayed so true to her character — very strong and determined with just a dash of teenage naiveté.
Galen: Still serious. Still swoony! What more can I say?
Nalia: LOVED finding out so much more about Nalia in this book. After the bomb was dropped in book one, it was so great to get into that history and how everything will changed based on this brand new information!

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Read it!

I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first. It was a lot of fun, great twists, and love the romances!

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Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) – Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) – Anna BanksTitle: Of Poseidon (Syrena Trilogy #1) by Anna Banks
Publishing Info: May 22, 2012 by Macmillan
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: August 5, 2012
Related Posts: Degrees of Wrong, Of Triton (Syrena Trilogy #2)

    Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he's heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma's gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom...
Told from both Emma and Galen's points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.
  

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OF POSEIDON was so much more than I expected. Of course I’d heard great reviews and I’ve had the chance to meet Anna Banks and see her humor in person, so I was pretty confident I’d enjoy the book! Definitely has that Anna Banks humor, wit, and snarkiness all throughout the book. The only thing I wasn’t sure about what the whole “mermaid” plot since I haven’t read any mermaid books before, but you know what? Totally doesn’t matter, because the story is really great. I think Anna Banks does a fantastic job building the Syrena world, along with the laws and gifts of the Syrena. A lot of times when different worlds are introduced, I feel like we see some really gaping holes, but everything is greatly covered in OF POSEIDON.

At first I was a little confused with the story being told from both Emma and Galen’s perspectives simply because Emma is telling it in the first person, and Galen’s side is being told in third person. I’m not really sure why Anna Banks chose to write it this way, but in the end, I think it really works. I’m not sure about the whole first vs third person thing, but I’m really glad that it was told from both their perspectives because without either side, we’d really be missing a lot of information or so many things would have to get told back to the audience instead of us experiencing it with the characters first hand.

I loved the romance aspect of the book! Emma and Galen actually spend a lot of time hating each other at first. No, hating is wrong — Galen likes to tease Emma, and Emma loooves to give Galen a hard time. I love all of the sarcasm, teasing, even the fighting because it was made to be fun. And how adorable was it hearing Galen talking about all the “land terms” and “human dialect”? So funny! It’s like he’s a foreigner getting to know brand new customers in a different country, which I guess technically in a way, he really was.

Holy cow, talk about a surprise ending! I won’t give you the smallest hint if you haven’t read it (and if you have, let’s discuss!), but I was really knocked off my feet with that. And also a little surprised as to how I didn’t see this coming… But really great way to end the book!

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Read it!

This book was a ton of fun. It was the first book I’ve ever really read about mermaids and I really liked the way it was handled!

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TGIF – August 10, 2012

It’s time for TGIF again, thanks to Ginger at GReads!

I’m actually on vacation right now, but I figured I’d schedule a TGIF post so you didn’t miss me too much 🙂

This week’s TGIF topic is:
Unexpected Books: Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

  1. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – I’m not really one for mermaids or mermaid-type stories, but Anna Banks does a fantastic job of this! It’s so different and I love the twists and turns she takes with it. Plus, I love her sarcastic and witty sense of humor! I really ended up liking this one a lot! Now if she’d only write the Sasquatch love story…
  2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins – Okay, so I figured I’d like this book. I didn’t think I’d end up falling in love with it! You can check out my fangirl review and that pretty much sums it up!
  3. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I borrowed this book from a friend. She said she really enjoyed it. I was pretty skeptical! But this was pretty different from the typical vampire stories. I actually liked it a lot and got totally sucked in by the second book.
  4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – I really not a big fantasy/high fantasy person, so when I read all of the awesome reviews for Graceling, I was hesitant, but decided to pick it up. Turns out, it’s a lot easier to relate to than I thought! I really loved it!
  5. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – Another historical fiction type book but it’s got such great paranormal element to it! And apparently almost any book with a kick-ass heroine will have me sold. I really, really enjoyed reading this one, and highly recommend it!!