May 1, 2012
Young Adult | Dystopian/Fantasy
Prequel; can be read before or after Larkstorm
Pages: 34 + 50 first pages of Larkstorm
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Three years prior to LARKSTORM, Lark and her birthmate, Beck, attend her brother's binding ceremony. Lark’s nervously looked forward to this moment since the invitation arrived: a chance to see finally see her mother face-to-face and to meet her brother's new mate, Annalise. But she isn't prepared for the hostility they have toward Beck and the hint of something darker, lurking beneath the merriment.
NOT REALLY A REVIEW-REVIEW:
You guys? Before by Dawn Rae Miller is a freaking adorable short story prequel to Larkstorm. While nothing major happens in the mere 34 pages this short story takes place, it's a good place to start the series. Right now it's free, so if you're intrigued by Larkstorm, you can get a sense of Dawn's writing style, the world, and the characters in this short. I loved it. It made me want to read Larkstorm all over again!
I really liked the little hints of what might be happening; I've read the first book and now what is happening, but still, it's freaky in this story because you feel like something is way, way off. But I really liked the little connections between Beck and Lark, and I loved the dancing. It made me all melty.
Passage from the story, because I loved it:
"The way that bow flutters off your shoulder reminds me of a bird," Becky says, dipping his head toward mine so that his mouth grazes my ear. His breath feels warm against the side of my face and I shudder a tiny bit. "Birdie."
Step. Step. Spin. "What?"
"Birdie. That's what I'm going to call you."
I tilt my face up to his, but he's staring off past my shoulder. "I didn't realize I needed a nickname."
Flashes of crimson, gold, eggplant, and emerald whirl past. Next to them, my dress must look dull. Shimmering ecru with a thick, black band along an asymmetric hem that exposes my knees. It's not brilliant, but as my best friend Kyra proclaimed, it's stunning. Or at least I hope it is.
"Everyone needs a nickname. Birdie." The word rolls off his tongue.
I shift my weight as he spins me beneath his arm. When he catches my free hand, I squeeze it hard. "So, I should come up with a nickname for you?"
He laughs again. "I'm bigger than a nickname, don't you know?"- Location 113 out of 1521
If you are at all curious about this series, I highly recommend checking out this short story, and it's free until Friday! HOORAY! So go forth and get this story!