The year is coming to an end and today is the winter solstice. I thought a fun way to commemorate this auspicious occasion would be to recommend some short reads since it’s the shortest day of the year.
The Winter Solstice Recommendations
Before borders were drawn, before treaties were signed, before wars were waged anew, before the great kingdoms of the Remnant were even born and the world of old was only a hazy slate of memory told in story and legend, a girl and her family fought to survive.
And that girl’s name was Morrighan.
This is a prequel to The Kiss of Deception series, and is a lovely short story. It expands on the folklore and history that is mentioned in the series and is a quick fun read.
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.
We return to the Shadowhunter world once again, but this time with a beloved character Simon Lewis. The ending of City of Heavenly Fire was a bit of a cliffhanger but we managed to tide ourselves over with the short stories about Simon’s time at the academy. There are ten short stories altogether and if you haven’t read them yet your definitely missing out.
The enchantment continues….
The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?
After the ending of Winter I was missing all of my beloved characters from the Lunar chronicles and I loved seeing them all in this anthology. We got to learn a lot about the backgrounds of some of our favorite characters and even get to see what they’ve been up to since the end of the series.
A Tyranny of Petticoats
Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
I haven’t actually finished this anthology yet, but what I have read of it is extremely good. There’s a lot of girl power in this series and is a great series of shorts to read.
Demigods and Magicians
Join Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane as they do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse.
As a huge Percy Jackson fan I loved anything having to do with Percy and this series of short stories was no exception. I loved how the Egyptian and Greek worlds collided in this mini series. I know how a lot of people didn’t actually like the Kane Chronicles but I loved it and I think ya’ll should definitely give this one a chance.
That’s all I have for you today. Hope you had a great day and happy reading!!