This week is sure to offer us a lot of great release after Illumination from Susannah Johnson, it's Tales from Harvorsmouth by E. J. Stevens that releases today.....if you don't remember it it's part of the Ivy Granger series from which i gave you my opinion on the first books ( yes i'm behind in this series but i will catch up.)
Novellas when not mandatory to follow a series are a great bonus, it gives us more insight into the past of the characters for example...unfortunately it's often only in digital which is why i prefer when they are bonus so if we skip them as print readers we don't miss anything capital. However when they are bundled together so that we can have all of them ( and sometimes new ones)AND available in print it's often a little treasure. I enjoyed Ivy Granger series so i couldn't miss this one but now it's time i tell you a little about the novellas inside^^
Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press
Genre: urban fantasy, dark, paranormalSource: eARC
I love when author bundles together several novellas from an universe for me it gives an useful additional insight into the series and i'm happy this one is doing it and more. Now some of the novellas can be read in any order, always better to read a series in order novellas included but in this case some are prequel and others gives enough information to satisfy a new reader without making him feel lost. That i absolutely loved it's really a great bonus.
Now since we are speaking novellas, i will give a short opinion on each one while trying to avoid spoilers too much.
Frostbite: really good, creepy would have it been perfect around halloween time. We discover a bit of Ivy and we see some of her limits as well. Fast paced it's read very quickly.
Blood and Mistletoes: We meet again with some secondary characters we met in the main series like Marvin, Kaye or Jenna so it's really enjoyable and for a new reader the author does explain who they are and how Ivy met them so it was really not disturbing or confusing. The investigation is short ( this is a novella after all) but we get all the right elements...i loved to see Ivy deep sense of Justice
Club Nexus: This one is in 4 parts/chapter that must be read in order as in each one we get the event from one point of view and deepening some aspect over others... very interesting....we discover more about the demon Forneus and if read in order we do see how much Ivy and Jinx have improved.
It's dark, is sure to have effect later in the series but can be read even if you only have started the series or read the anthology to this point without confusion ( or very little spoilers only)
Thrill on Joysen Hill: This one is very spoilerish if you haven't read the first 5 books in the series so i do recommend you to wait until you have read those to really savour it. Really it's better as it doesn't really focus on Ivy as she is busy doing something i won't tell and we see a bit more of a secondary character we saw earlier in the series: Sir Torn the cat sidhe king.... he is a funny character i really love him so i was happy to read this but i really do regret not having been up to date in the series first...it can be confusing a little or letting us with more questions...as a result at this point it's the one i enjoyed the less in the anthology but it's still a very good one simply better for a reader of the series ( and one up to date) not the best at all for a new reader