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I really enjoyed them, but mainly because they showed more depth ...
on August 12, 2015
It's becoming popular for YA series to have novellas that fill in little gaps between the stories. Originally, I really enjoyed them, but mainly because they showed more depth to the world. However, now they're becoming more and more a part of the story line, which I don't care for. They feel like they're just the intro chapters into the next book, rather than a short story about the world or characters.
This novella is very guilty of that. It isn't a short story. It doesn't have a beginning, middle, and end, but feels like just the set-up to the next book. It really should have just been the first few chapters of the third book, rather than a separate novella.
Beside that, I didn't really like that it was more about Angela than Clara. She's dealing with the death of her mother, the loss of her brother, and all the rest of her drama, but instead we're forced to watch Angela--who isn't particularly likable during this story. I'm fine with a character not being likable, but she acts like a spoiled brat to her best friend and I just found her obnoxious.