The Forever Contract by Avery Sawyer
Released: August 1, 2012 / Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have to admit that the cover is what made me want to read this novella. It's very eye-catching and hot. Now, as for the actual story, it's a quick and easy read. I do think some of the things that happened in this novella would have been better in a full-length novel because I felt some things needed to be fleshed out more. And I didn't quite feel connected with the main characters Casey and James. Honestly, they aren't a pair that really stood out to me.
Even though it basically had what's typically found in stories with dystopian settings, The Forever Contract was pretty good for a short story. There were a couple of moments that I wasn't expecting at all, so it was nice being surprised like that. If you love dystopian stories and want a fast read, I recommend The Forever Contract.
Molasses by Kirsty Eagar
Released: August 7, 2012 / Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Molasses is a short story featured in Review of Australian Fiction: Volume 3, Issue 4, and I was really curious about it because I loved the author's first novel Raw Blue. I wondered what genre it was going to be, and it ended up being a contemporary with one particular scene that seemed almost magical.
I love the author's writing, and for a short story, this was really good. I didn't want it to end. I think it would have been even better if it were a full-length novel though! I was just very interested in knowing more about the main group of characters and their relationships with each other. When it was over, I was left craving more and more.
Fans of Kirsty Eagar and Australian YA fiction shouldn't miss out on Molasses. It'll be enough to satisfy you, if you can't get enough of stories set in Australia.