There are times when Heather, Aly & I finish a book, but don’t have time to write a full, comprehensive review… or even a shorter “flashbulb” review. BUT we still want to share our thoughts with you on what we’ve been reading. That’s why every Saturday we’ll be featuring 3 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-7 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
Upon discovering the existence of this short story, I was a tad over the moon. Upon discovering that it was from Ash’s POV, I was possibly a little less so.
Ash. Not so much my favorite character upon finishing Unspoken. No, not at all.
But upon reading the short, walking through the fallout of Unspoken’s conclusion in Ash’s shoes, I began to feel… dare I say it? Sympathetic, maybe a smidge understanding, even. But before I get too spoilery as to why, I’ll limit myself to this: The Night After I Lost You is a great glimpse into Ash’s motivations, his history, his thought process, as well as an interesting perspective of a few other key characters.
Though Sarah has written a couple of these Lynburn shorts all from third party observers looking into the lives of the main characters, it’s the first time she’s used an important secondary character that the reader already has history with. Though I loved the first two short stories, having prior knowledge of the narrator had the benefit of making this one my favorite yet.
Overall, though not necessary to the overall story line, I’d still recommend reading this, because 1.) It’s free, and 2.) There’s some valuable character development going on here.
Sasha Lawson is thrilled. The guy she’s been daydreaming about since elementary school just asked her to prom out of the blue. She has a great dress, the dream date, and by the end of the night she feels like a princess…and then she wakes up in a new universe. That dream guy…yeah, he’s from another universe and he needs Sasha to pretend to be his princess Juliana who looks exactly like Sasha and has recently gone missing. Talk about a bummer of a prom date!
The sci-fi geek in me LOVES this story. Parallel universes, theoretical physics, techy gadgets…this story has it all. You know in Fringe when there’s that other universe that they go to? Yeah…think that type of mind-bending fun! The romance was wonderful…a little insta-lovey at first but also not, if that makes sense. It really grew on me. There was a lot of political drama and uncertainty about who is trustworthy and who is not, which always makes for a fun read. =)
Overall, Tandem was an enthralling read and the quasi-cliffhanger ending left me anxious for more.