I decided with these two novellas to pair them into one blog post with both their reviews. I figured it made sense as they are the last two novellas in the Zodiac Academy series, and I wanted to make sure to review them but didn’t think it would make sense to have one blog post for both of them. It also made sense to me because of how they are both numbered as being books that take place during the fifth book in the Zodiac Academy series, Cursed Fates. So I will begin first by discussing The Big A.S.S. Party followed up by Seth On the Moon.
The Big A.S.S. Party (Zodiac Academy #5.5)
Rating: 4 stars
Once upon a moon, the wild wind whispered in my ear that the true queens were returning to Solaria and I made it my mission to open up their path to the throne so that they could slip right in like an oily oyster.
Now, on this most special and wonderous of days, the very day of their birth – I will prove myself to be the most loyal and dependable of their followers. Though of course, Venus is in my chart and Lady Petunia has caught sight of the bothersome barracuda once more.
Max Rigel is my most sinful of temptations, the shark in the dark who wishes to lure me to his sea cave and I don’t know if I’m Fae enough to resist him for long.
But one thing is for sure, I will make certain the Vegas get the big A.S.S. party they deserve for their birthday or I’ll die trying. Succulent squids be damned!
This is a 25k novella set in the world of Solaria during Book 5 of the Zodiac Academy series, Cursed Fates, featuring Geraldine and Max as they attend the party of the century and try to resist the lure of the moon as it pushes them together once more. It’s full of slippery salmons and more buttery bagels than you can shake a stick at and is best read after Cursed Fates.
This novella was such a delight to read for me. What I enjoyed about The Big A.S.S. Party is getting to see all of my favorite characters coming together to celebrate Tory and Darcy’s birthday. I especially enjoyed seeing what happened at the party told from the perspectives of Geraldine and Max. They are both interesting characters in the series and seeing the two of them interacting together in this novella was great. I know from reading this series that there’s chemistry between the two of them and seeing it even more so in this novella was wonderful.
What I also enjoyed about this novella is the other Heirs as well. At this point in the series, the Heirs and the twins are actually really starting to get along and I loved that Darius, Caleb and Seth had attempted to do something for the twins even though Geraldine didn’t approve of it. I really think the twins if they had known would’ve appreciated it since neither one of them seemed really into having a big party like what Geraldine had planned for them. I also loved that Darius had gotten the twins a gift and getting to read about how they reacted to his gift to them was so adorable.
Other than being way too short, there wasn’t anything about The Big A.S.S. Party that I didn’t enjoy. I found it lighthearted and a good escape from the darkness that’s in the rest of the Zodiac Academy series as there wasn’t anything bad that happened in this novella to any of the characters. There were a lot of funny moments, such as when the Heirs set a trap for Mildred so that she wouldn’t attend the party and ruin it for Tory and when Geraldine and Seth both cast illusion spells on each other in order to make Darcy laugh that made this novella such a delight for me to read. And with how dark this series tends to get, I’m glad that this novella at least had some light and humor in it to take away from the dark that encompasses the rest of the series.
Seth On the Moon (Zodiac Academy #5.6)
Rating: 4 stars
Seth On the Moon is a bonus chapter in the Zodiac Academy series. It is told from the perspective of Seth Capella, the Heir who’s Order form is a werewolf and is about his trip to the moon. At first, I was hesitant on if I should do a review on this just because of how short it is, but with Seth being one of my favorite Heirs in this series, even though I honestly love them all, I figured I might as well since I’ve read it.
What I enjoyed about this chapter is getting to see more of Seth and Caleb’s relationship with each other. I love them as a couple and even though neither of them seem like they want to admit their feelings to each other and I find that aggravating at times, I really loved reading this chapter and getting to see a little more of their dynamic together.
What I also enjoyed about this chapter is Seth’s excitement about this trip. I could feel it just from reading about it and I couldn’t help but be happy for him. I was really excited to read this to find out more about his experience on the moon and this definitely didn’t disappoint. Even though this chapter was very short and wished there was more about this trip, I enjoyed what I did get to read about his experience.
Like with The A.S.S. Party, this chapter was full of so much light in comparison to the rest of the Zodiac Academy series and I was here for it completely. I also found it very entertaining, especially with the story Seth shares about him and Caleb going to the mortal world with the Edward Cullen reference, how great his family’s PR is with spinning things, and his attempts at trying to get to go on the moon before the events in this chapter. All three of these stories made me chuckle and I couldn’t get enough of reading about Seth’s shenanigans. I also found Seth’s behavior once on the moon hilarious as well even if he did end up doing something inappropriate, but still enjoyed this chapter nonetheless like I did the rest of the Zodiac Academy series.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Seth On the Moon despite how short it was and found it a great last read for me with regards to the Zodiac Academy series until the final book comes out.