Short Stories, Bonus Content, and Bookish Misc of 2022; Part Two

Title in white on orange skyline

There was actually surprisingly little Bookish misc these last three months – I’ve read all of these in the last six weeks!


DOWN COMES THE NIGHT EPILOGUE, by Allison Saft

Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - epilogue
Book cover for DOWN COMES THE NIGHT: title in white on dark blue above a gothic house

As part of the pre-order campaign for A FAR WILDER MAGIC, Allison Saft sent readers an epilogue to DOWN COMES THE NIGHT.

This is set two and a half years later and gives a sense of what peace means for the countries and for the characters themselves. It deals with the physical repercussions and the psychological ones, which I really liked as the physical is often forgotten (wounds take a long time to heal, and don’t always fully heal!)

I’ll admit, it took me a while to recall who all the characters were (a lot were mentioned) as it’s been almost 18 months since I read this, so if you’re planning a re-read, maybe save this for then?


THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM, by Danielle L. Jensen

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Age Range: Adult
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - book 3.5
Book cover for THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM: man kisses woman's forehead

This pre-order bonus from the world of THE BRIDGE KINGDOM is set after the events of THE TRAITOR QUEEN but before the end of THE INADEQUATE HEIR (the two books’ events overlap), hence it is book #3.5 rather than #2.5. It can be found on Goodreads here.

I really like it when stories acknowledge the physical and psychological side effects of battles. Lara is badly injured and struggling with her physical weakness as she recovers. Not to mention the mental associations she has with that.

On top of that, well, she’s still not well liked and there are some ramifications of her actions on relationships with those she was once friends with (particularly Ahanna, which seems like that could be interesting if she gets a duology about her.)

While spoilers are mostly avoided for THE INADEQUATE HEIR, the ending of THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM seems to imply that Ithiccana will be involved in the next book in the series, but the question is which side of the conflict they’ll find themselves on…


FORGING SILVER INTO STARS BONUS, by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: YA
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - bonus from the Cursebreakers world
Book cover for FORGING SILVER INTO STARS: title in silver on black with blue lion-headed swirls

This is a bonus scene sent out in the Curebreakers’ email. It is set between A HEART SO FIERCE AND BROKEN and A VOW SO BOLD AND DEADLY. It’s written from Tycho’s perspective, and shows how uncomfortable he is at a feast in Shyll Sallow in the build up to the battle between the two kingdoms.

I re-read it after reading FORGING SILVER INTO STARS, and I must say it held more significance then. Before, it was just a nice insight into Tycho trying to fit in. After, though, you realise it’s an introduction to the main villain, and sets up/reminds you of the tensions that are going to be the key political issues in the new series.


HETTY AND THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS, by Anna James

I received an eARC from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

Genre: Contemporary
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: standalone
Book cover for HETTY

HETTY AND THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (Goodreads here) is one of the latest MG from Barrington Stoke (the UK’s dyslexic and reluctant reader specialist.)

This is a story about children trying to save their school library when the head teacher threatens to close it “to help the budget.” Given that so many libraries are shut in schools, it’s a premise that hits rather hard. Libraries are magic, and this book is a rallying cry that we should all try to save them because no one else will. It also shows the many different ways people can get involved, as the characters all have different skills.

It’s also a book about the stupid little misunderstandings that can break up friendships – and how we can rescue them later if we just try to understand what happened.


What bookish misc have you read lately?

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