Full Books & Audiobooks
Ruin & Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo [Audiobook]
I don’t know if it’s because of the long time between when I read Siege & Storm and when I read this book, but I just couldn’t completely immerse myself in this one. Yes, there were plenty of fascinating settings and interesting people (as always), but I just didn’t feel the urgency as deeply as I wanted to. I think was probably just me. I *do* think that the way everything went down — and the surprises that led Alina to certain situations/decisions — was all quite cleverly done. This was a great ending to the series, even if I didn’t feel as strongly about it as I did the other books. (Also, I’m not a huge fan of Mal, so… too much Mal for my tastes. :P)
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
This was my second TBR Jar pick, and I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. But DANG. Zusak knows how to make a girl become obsessed with a *contemporary* book. I mean, it helps that this was a mystery, and that the narrator — Ed Kennedy — was hilarious and so incredibly entertaining to spend my time with. The book was equal parts humor, social commentary, and *feelings*. I loved every single page. I loved every single character (except the icky ones, of course). Markus Zusak is just plain brilliant.
Novellas & Short Stories
Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
I got to listen to Sanderson read the first chapter of this aloud at a local event for Firefight, so I was quite excited when this little novella was released. It’s a bit different from his typical style, but that made it all the more intriguing (a lot more sci-fi than fantasy). The story went into areas I wasn’t expecting, and as usual, the world was so robust and rich that he could easily write mounds and mounds MORE, and I would read it all!
The Intelligence Director (Unremembered #0.6) by Jessica Brody
This is probably the ickiest companion story I’ve read, and it’s because the main character is one of the ickiest characters in the entire series. It did explain a bit more about this person, his motives, and the lengths to which he’s willing to go to get what he wants, but… it also felt the least… necessary? I just didn’t get as much out of this story as I have gotten from all the others. It was interesting, though.
The Human Engineer (Unremembered #0.7) by Jessica Brody
THIS was a fascinating look into the world of Unremembered and the goings-on inside Diotech. I have to say, it met my expectations in some ways, and surpassed them in others. If you want to learn more about what happens behind-the-scenes at Diotech, then I definitely recommend reading this short story (and probably best to read it either right before or after you read Unchanged).
Unleashed (Unremembered #2.5) by Jessica Brody
I really enjoy companion novellas that give me a look into the mind of a different character from the main series, and this one let me see inside Kaelen’s mind. It goes through some scenes from Unforgotten — but tells them from his perspective instead. It was interesting, but I also felt like I had a difficult time remembering that it was supposed to be in Kaelen’s voice. I guess I wanted a little more from him.