Hopefully, I have the answer.
Book Rating: Up All Night’er
(see my rating system)
OK. I’ve read several novellas now and I’m developing quite a strong opinion about them. *oh dear* But before I divulge that, let me talk about this particular collection as a whole.
It’s nice to see these authors that we love getting together to write shorter stories with a similar theme. I thought that was fun. I enjoyed seeing Neill, especially, since I’m always a HUGE fan of Karen’s. The plots of the various novellas were enjoyable with varying degrees of excitement and drama, and it was a very easy read.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely….
Will you be sorry you bought it? No way….
*do you sense a “but” coming?*
But (there it is!) for me, these stories didn’t feel natural–or they didn’t feel like they flowed naturally out of the authors brains like a lot of the novels we read. For me–and this might just be me–I sensed the publisher in the background saying something like, “Hey, we’ve got an idea for a novella collection we want you to be a part of and we want to do it this way.” Do you know what I mean? Maybe I’m just being way too picky. This is the real reason why I’ve shied away from these collections in the first place, and now my fears are realized. THIS IS JUST MY OPINION. There are tons of raving reviews about these types of collections, so obviously there’s a real market for them. For me it’s a no-go.
Now, as for my overall opinion of novellas generally…. I’m not a fan. They are delightful little stories, but that’s it. They don’t stick with me, they don’t have meat. In fact, sometimes I read them and think, “Shoot! Why didn’t they make this into a full novel, it would have been great!” And I just end up feeling jipped. Has that ever happened to you?
In the end, yes, this book does deserve my second highest rating, but that’s all. And will I be tempted to pick up any more novellas or novella collections? I don’t think so. *frown*
If you read this, let me know what you think and if you LOVE novellas, tell me why!
*Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*