Companion Novellas to YA Fantasy Series: Worth Reading?

Companion Novellas to YA Fantasy Series, Worth Reading? A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas, The Assasin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas and Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard and their covers

I have recently read three companion novellas to some of the most popular young adult fantasy series, and I was disappointed. I love fantasy novels and have read quite a few over the years. At the moment I feel that I’ve read too many as I see more and more flaws in them, but thankfully I am still enjoying most of them.

They’re a guilty pleasure, what can I say?! Everyone needs a couple of those.

Anyways, I always get sucked into these fantasy worlds and after each one, I end up craving more. Maybe they’re more of an addiction than a guilty pleasure! Potato potato… And more than often there is about a year of waiting time before the next installment is out so you are in a state of withdrawal. And the publishing marketing machine knows and cleverly exploits our need of a fix by spurting out novellas to make the waiting less painful.

But, so far I have read three, and all of them left me disappointed.

3 Companion Novellas to Young Adult Fantasy Series I Don’t Recommend Reading

1. A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR 3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

This novella takes place after the third book and it contains absolutely nothing interesting. I only read it because for some odd reason I enjoyed reading this series, despite its flaws, and I wanted to remain a little bit more in this world. But this book is so sickly sweet it makes my toothache just by thinking of it. Like we didn’t read enough about how much they love each other, how beautiful they are, HOW RICH (could Feyre stop talking about her salary and how much money she has?), how lucky with their friendships… WE KNOW IT! I don’t want it repeated to me all the time. And the sex scenes! No!

The only part I enjoyed is the insight into Nesta’s story and the reveal of what’s going to happen with her and Cassian in the next book (supposedly).

2. The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

This is a collection of 5 novellas in which Maas takes us back into Celaena’s world with the aim to give us a better insight into Celaena’s past. I have no idea why people give these novellas such a high rating on Goodreads because we basically know everything that happens in them from reading the books. I haven’t read anything new/substantial/interesting enough here.

I would recommend reading them before starting the series.

3. Cruel Crown (Red Queen 0.1-0.2) by Victoria Aveyard

Cruel Crown is a set of two novellas, Queen Song and Steel Cars. Queen Coriane’s story (Cal’s mom) and Steel Cars. Let’s start with the first one. The problem is that I saw no point to this story because I knew what happened to Cal’s mom. The second novella was Steel Cars which, though more relevant to the later books, was mostly incomprehensible. So read these before you start the series.

So overall, I have learned my lesson. I will read the young adult fantasy series and skip the novellas, unless they come highly recommended. Or, better yet, pay attention to the order in which they are recommended to be read.

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