As I did previously with 3 YA mini-reads, this is the Paris Month installment of my “mini” reviews – quick blurbs on some quick e-reads (often companion/novella/etc. stories to an existing book or series)
Bois de Boulogne tells the tale of Marie van Goethem, a young woman whose life is set off on a path that she’s not quite sure she’s comfortable with when she meets two prominent men in society who would be influential to her ballet career. This short story was originally offered as a free download on Kobo. After reading (and loving) The Painted Girls, I was excited to check out this short story. I quickly realized that Bois de Boulogne is actually already existing in The Painted Girls. So for fans of the best selling book looking for a different POV, this isn’t it. However, for those who haven’t read The Painted Girls yet & want a taste of what to expect, this short story is perfect to whet your appetite.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ (3/5 stars)
Available: January 2013
This 2.5 novella is basically the first two Revenant books as told through the eyes of Jules, Vincent’s best friend and fellow Revenant. While some of it felt a bit repetitive, it was certainly insightful to see how everything plays out from his point of view. I quite enjoy stories told from different characters to get a more well-rounded experience. While I found the development of his emotions and feelings a bit predictable, Die For Her does retain the swoony romantic factor as the main series does, but with Jules’ snark and angst along with it making it a little less about the Vincent/Kate schmaltz. Definitely a fun quick read for fans of Jules!