The Bone Artist by Madeleine Roux | Novella Review


Genre: YA, Horror, Mystery

The Scarlets #1.5

In this bone-chilling digital original story set in the world of Madeleine Roux’s New York Times bestselling novel Asylum, a Louisiana teen tries to make tuition money working for a sinister organization but finds that leaving comes at a terrible cost.

When Dan, Abby, and Jordan meet Oliver in Catacomb―the third book in the Asylum series―he is a mysterious young antiques dealer with a dark past. But before he was stuck in America’s most haunted city, he was a teenager with a bright future ahead of him. In this story, we find Oliver saving up to attend his dream college in the fall and leave behind his family’s New Orleans antique shop for good. And if his job just happens to involve robbing graves for a group calling themselves the Bone Artists, well—money is money, and it’s only for now. But Oliver soon learns that the Bone Artists don’t take kindly to deserters. And there are some debts that can never be repaid.

With a mounting sense of dread that builds to a terrible end, The Bone Artists is a thrilling installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide a missing piece of the puzzle for series fans.

Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

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This definitely left me wanting more. I think that is the worst part about novellas. It was nice to get a backstory on Micah as he was in Sanctum. It is situations like this in the story that freak me out because they involve real people and things that can happen in real life. I for sure have to pick up Catacomb right away because I need more of Oliver’s story.
I thought Roux did a good job developing the characters and their relationships in the short amount of time. I felt like I understood Oliver and had a connection with him regarding wanting to get out and go to college.

There were definitely the creepy vibes that are present in Roux’s stories and that tension/ dread that as you read you know something is going to happen. She did such a great job of giving little details and snapshots of the bone artists that left you with tons of questions, convincing you that you need to pick up the next book!

Overall I found this novella to be a dark and creepy read perfect for reading late at night. It has the chill factor and it’s focused on New Orleans which is known for its creepy atmosphere. Although short it introduced some dynamic characters that you want to know more about!


The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard | Novella Review


Genre: YA, Fantasy (retelling)

“Romance wasn’t fair. Nor was it a game. It was war. And, as on any other battlefield, compassion and mercy had no place there.”
-A.G. Howard, The Moth in the Mirror

Series: Splintered
Splintered (#1Splintered Trilogy)
Unhinged (#2 Splintered Trilogy)
Ensnared (#3 Splintered Trilogy)

An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

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*Warning this may contain spoilers for Splintered the first book in the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard*

The first thing I have to credit this novella for is not being a different pov on a scene that was writing already. That is one of the most annoying things about novellas. I was so happy that this novella delivered a scene from Morpheus in which we also get some of Jeb’s point of view and it is about information we were not really given in Splintered. It also gives some hints and sets up for some of Unhinged even though this is not a necessary read in order to read the following books in the series.

I enjoyed getting to see more of the two boys and get a little more information about what had happened between the two and what Jeb was doing while away from Alyssa in Splintered. I also feel like this give a little insight into the “bromance” and shows Morpheus taking the time to learn more about Jeb. The writing was well done and mirrored the writing style and whimsical feel that is found in the other books. I did find that it was a little short, but a great supplement to the series.


The Scarlets by Madeleine Roux | Novella Review


Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller

“There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about.”
-Madeleine Roux, The Scarlets

Series: Asylum Duology
Asylum (#1 in Asylum Duology)
Sanctum (#2 in Asylum Duology)

When Dan and his friends meet Cal in Sanctum their impression of the privileged New Hampshire College student is less than stellar. But Cal wasn’t always the cold, sarcastic guy he is now. In this digital original story preceding the events of Sanctum, we meet Cal when he is experiencing college like any other kid with a group of close friends and a dad who piles on the pressure. Only, when the pressure starts getting to him and Cal accepts an invitation to meet a selective group of students and alumni known only as the Scarlets, the course of Cal’s life changes forever. And the price of joining the Scarlets might be higher than he can pay.

With plenty of twists, turns, and thrills, The Scarlets is an exhilarating installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide a missing piece of the puzzle for series fans.[Goodreads]

review *Warning this contains spoiler for the second book in the duology, Sanctum*

I should state first that I feel like this is a novella that should be read after you read the two books in the duology. The fact that it came out and is listed as #1.5 is deceiving due to the fact that this contains spoilers for the last book, Sanctum. In my opinion I feel like by reading this novella before Sanctum it will ruin some of the events and actions that take place in Sanctum that can destroy some of the mystery and feel. I do not think I would have liked it as if I read The Scarlets before Sanctum.

With all that being said I did enjoy this novella and thought it was a nice addition. I liked the fact that it focused on a different character, Cal and his backstory. I felt like this allowed to see how Cal got to be how he was and explained a little of his personality before the story that happened in Sanctum. I also felt like this novella helped to make a connection with Cal and understand his actions at the end of Sanctum a lot more. This novella was a little creepy, but did not have the same feel the books did. There was a little weirdness and some strange occurrences, but it felt more mystery and suspense than horror.

Overall I thought this was a real enjoyable short story that added greatly to the overall duology. It was intriguing and gave you insight into how Cal came to be how he was in Sanctum and also gave some more background to the overall situation and the Scarlets. I feel like this is a must read if you have read the other two books first, but DO NOT read unless you have read Asylum and Sanctum first!



The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings |Novella Review


Genre: Ya,Dystopian

Series: The Murder Complex 

“How nice it would be to still see the world through the eyes of a child. instead it is all darkness and blood, danger and death.”
-Lindsay Cummings,The Fear Trials

Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna. Meadow Woodson’s father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons’ houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.

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This was definitely (for me) a great attention grabber and really drew me into the story creating the need for me to go out to the bookstore like right NOW to buy The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings. I felt that the introduction to the world and issues being faced in the Shallows were all highlighted and relationships and characters were established, setting up perfectly for the first book. Lindsay Cummings did a fantastic job with this and was even able to throw some game changers into this short prequel novella and develop some great character growth for Meadow the main character in a short amount of time. There isn’t much more to say for the fact that I don’t want to give anything away so I will stop fangirling and leave you with this…Go purchase this prequel and than you can fangirl with me and we can read The Murder Complex next!!!