Book Title: Lusus Naturae
Book Author: Alison Goodman
Page Count: 50
Publishing Date: July 1, 2016
Publisher: Walker Books UK
Date Read: July 31, 2017
Lusus Naturae is such a short novella that it probably doesn’t need a review, but since The Literary Piratesses and I (my phenomenal book group that will be introduced to my blog soon!) love The Dark Days Club (book 1) and The Dark Days Pact (book 2) so much, I decided to post my thoughts on this awesome novella! For those that love Regency London, look no further than this amazing series!
This novella is told from Lord Carlston’s perspective upon meeting Lady Helen in The Dark Days Club. We get a very intriguing perspective of how he views Helen upon first meeting. We also get a glimpse of his doubts toward her ability, and get a little more of his personality than we did in book 1. There is a surprising twist that we learn about, which were unaware of in books 1-2. I feel that the novella was a nice addition to the story line and felt like it stayed true to the books in both writing style, and character traits.
Well, that was a short review!
So, my main reason for writing this post is to have a chat about your thoughts on novellas and what they do for a book series. Novellas are normally “hit or miss” for me. Sometimes I feel like I couldn’t have read the book series without them, and sometimes I feel like saying “What the heck did I just read?”
As I was reading The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods (book 1 review can be found here), I felt that the novellas in between the books were just distractions from the main story. They did not hold enough extras to make me feel like they were necessary. The novellas in this series felt disconnected from everything else and they seemed like a waste of time.
In reading The Whispers of the Fallen series by J.D. Netto (book 1 review can be found here), I found that I absolutely LOVED the novella, which is technically book 4, but is in fact a series novella. I could not have had this series without the novella! It added depth to the story and gave a much needed, different perspective from the villain of the books!
In reading Lusus Naturae by Alison Goodman, I feel like I sit somewhere in the middle, leaning slightly more toward love. I LOVE Lord Carlston, and absolutely LOVE The Dark Days Club, and I adored getting his perspective on his first meeting with Lady Helen, but part of me does feel like the 50 pages could have been shortened, and included in the story. It still got 4 stars from me because we learned some valuable information about Carlston, and got a better glimpse in to his mind, but I still don’t know if it was 100% necessary to write.
My questions to you:
Do you think novellas are worth writing reviews for?
Do you think novellas add to the story-line, or are they unnecessary additions?
What was your favorite novella?
What novella could you have lived without?
Let’s chat in the comments! I would love your feedback!
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