Monday, November 26, 2012

November Novellas (#6): Aftermath: A Nightshade Novella by Andrea Cremer


Title: Aftermath: A Nightshade Novella
Series: Nightshade #3.5
Author:  Andrea Cremer
Publisher: Philomel
Published: July 1, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon Barnes & Noble

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

 Picking up where BLOODROSE left off, this short story delves into the aftermath of the final battle between the Searchers, the Keepers and the Guardians. Adne is haunted by her past actions, Logan is running for his life, and the Searchers still don't feel safe. What they thought was the end of the War of All against All may just be the beginning of something even more sinister...


I had hoped that this novella would be some sort of peace offering from the author since Bloodrose left my heart in tiny, pulverized pieces. I love Andrea Cremer and her Nightshade series; and, even though I gave Bloodrose five stars due to her incredible writing and her ability to create such an emotional attachment between myself and her characters, I was very saddened by one of the choices made at the end of the series. So, I had high expectations that Aftermath would somehow make amends.

This novella is a short story about a break-in in the library at Rowan Estate and Adne’s recurring nightmares involving Bosque Mar. I initially felt the main purpose of this story was to ignite interest and excitement in the author’s new Rift series, which I have been on the fence about reading. I was not at all pleased that there were no Guardians included in this short. Funny how one last page in a book can change everything. I never should have doubted Ms. Cremer!

If Bloodrose left you shattered and completely devastated, then I highly recommend Aftermath if for nothing else but its astonishing ending.

Just one other thing I feel that I need to mention: the price of this eBook is $2.99. Now, that might sound reasonable to some readers, but this novella is barely twenty pages long. Compared to the other novellas I’ve been featuring this month, that’s a bit on the high end. The novellas I’ve been spotlighting have either been free or $.99, with a few exceptions for longer novels. I believe $.99 would have been a much more appropriate price for this particular short story.



  1. Oh boy. I never finished the Nightshade series once my suspicion was confirmed. I read Rift, and though I like Cremer's writing, I always feel upset about the stories. And you're absolutely right, $2.99 is way too much for a 20 page story.
    Thanks for the informative review!

  2. I haven't read this series, but glad you enjoyed it and wow that is a lot for a novella.

  3. See, I never got around to reading Bloodrose after it was spoiled for me on Twitter. I hated the decision that was made and didn't want to put myself through that. But now that you recommend Aftermath, I think I may give it a try. God knows I need some sort of closure with this series. :) Lovely review, Michele!

  4. Although I haven't read this series- the cover looks fabulous! I loved your honest review and advice about pricing. :)

  5. I still don't know what happened I avoided the spoilers but something is holding me back from this series, I need to take the plunge. I am glad this smoothed over the rough ending but I do agree $2.99 is too much for twenty pages. I just put together Friday Forecast and next week is full of novellas! Hope you had a lovely holiday!

  6. I haven't read this series yet, but thanks for bringing it to my attention, and for letting us know about the ending. Makes me want to read it now. Wonderful review.

  7. Hmmm, is there a way I can borrow this from you?? Sign me up for astonishment!! Have you heard any rumors regarding future sequels or spin-offs taking the story into the future? Thank you for getting me into this fantastic series, love! xo

  8. lovely review. I didn't read the book description because I haven't read the series yet and really want to so I didn't want too much to be given away ;) I'm glad she didn't disappoint and this made up for it. I agree 2.99 is expensive for 20 pages :(


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