Recommended Reading: Novella Edition

by Brandi Ziegler

I’ve never known any trouble that an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Usually the longer the better, but I’ve been on a novella kick these last few weeks.

I’ve been a follower of Sarah J Maass (who has awesome book news on her blog today) since her novel THRONE OF GLASS (formerly QUEEN OF GLASS) was on And yet when she announced the release of her first TOG novella, THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD, I was skeptical. I didn’t want to read something that would take me less than an hour and happened before the good stuff. After the first page I realized anything Sarah writes – particularly about Celaena Sardothien – is good stuff!

Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. Sent by the Assassin’s Guild to a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena is supposed to be to collecting on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when she learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes–and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.



Sarah hooked me with her spectacular world-building, snappy dialogue, and fast-paced plot. So I instantly downloaded THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESSERT. I adore the cover’s color scheme and I love this novella even better than the first.


The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren’t much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s not there to chatter, she’s there to hone her craft as the world’s most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she’ll be lucky to leave the desert alive.



Celaena’s newfound BFF Ansel – Sarah mentioned writing a novella just for this red-headed vixen. I hope she does! Sarah’s characters are just as fleshed out as the worlds she creates. I cannot wait to get my hands on Novella #3 THE ASSASIN AND THE UNDERWORLD on May 1st! Fans of epic fantasy featuring kick-butt heroines will love these!

Brigid Kemmerer caught my attention when she announced her book deal over a year ago. A fellow elemental writer? Yes, please! I’ve been waiting for STORM to come out ever since, but then she went and teased me with her novella ELEMENTAL. I couldn’t wait until STORM’s April 24th debut (that’s barely a week away, folks), so I had to download ELEMENTAL on my Nook and get a fix. I’m having withdrawals already!

Earth, Fire, Air, Water – they are more than you dream.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn’t have much power. That’s okay—she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He’s an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy, dangerous, and completely off limits. At least according to Emily’s family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily’s family doesn’t just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.


Brigid foreshadows the politics of her world and I totally dug it. Add a little steamy romance (huge fan of forbidden love here) and authentic teenage scenarios filled with enough awkwardness and angst to pop a zit… okay, that was too much. It’s good, trust me!

I cannot recommend these novellas enough. And I’m on the lookout for more. Read any good ones lately?