Death and Night Review and Other Great YA Novellas

My Review


Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi is one of the most captivating series companion novellas that I’ve read. It beautifully showcases Roshani’s dazzling writing style, and it is  an enchanting story all of its own. Readers could easily enjoy this novella without even having read the other books in The Star-Touched Queen series.

The world-building in this story is magical and immersive. I felt as though I was walking the streets of the Night Bazaar alongside the characters, and oh how I wish I could!

Amar and Maya’s characters were wonderfully developed even in these quick 100+ pages, and their love story was absolutely endearing and so swoon-worthy.

Delving further into the TSTQ world in Death and Night was a joy. This is truly a treasure amongst series companion novellas.

Wine Pairing

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

I paired Death and Night with this beautiful Starry Night Zinfandel. This wine is rich and complex, just like the characters and world that Roshani has managed to pack into her stunning new novella. It also includes hints of fruits and herbs that remind me very much of Maya’s garden.

 *All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

Other Great YA Novellas

For me, series companion novellas can be really hit and miss. For me to enjoy them they have to feel like a complete story that can be enjoyed separately from the series, and they also have to contribute to my understanding of a specific character in the story in an important way. Death and Night certainly did both of these things.

Here are a few other series companion novellas that I really enjoyed:

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas


The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare


Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor


The Too-Clever Fox by Leigh Bardugo


Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth


About Death and Night

33965619.jpgAn exclusive Star-Touched novella over 100 pages long!

Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.


What are some of your favorite series companion novellas? Have you read Death and Night? Have you read The Star-Touched Queen books?

21 thoughts on “Death and Night Review and Other Great YA Novellas

  1. Angela JC says:

    I totally agree! This novella was so beautiful and I don’t normally go for novellas so I love when they surprise me. I recently got The Assassin’s Blade (I’m so behind the times with this one) but I’m really looking forward to it (: Oh! And Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns has me really excited too!


  2. ashley says:

    I loved the Wrath and the Dawn novellas, and then I loved Ghost Girl in the Corner which is a companion novella to Shadowshapers by Daniel José Older. I have yet to read The Star-Touched Queen, though.

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  3. Aditi says:

    OOOOH! I’ve seen this gorgeous book around but I wasn’t sure whether to pick it up. I don’t usually read novellas because well, I feel like at the minute I TRULY get into the story is when it ends.

    I’m currently reading A Crown of Wishes and it is BRILLIANT. Hopefully I’ll pick this one up soon!

    Great review Kristi

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  4. Christy Luis says:

    Great post! So glad it turned out well for you 😀 I haven’t ventured too far into series companion novellas…although I really enjoyed both of Veronica Rossi’s for her Under the Never Sky trilogy ❤

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  5. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I’m glad I can read this without having read the other book(s) in the series. Maybe I’ll give it a try 🙂
    Great choices as well – I really can’t recommend Bardugo’s Grisha novellas enough! They’re amazing ❤
    Like you, novellas can be hit or miss for me, but I don't mind if they're not completely independent from the rest of the series.

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    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, definitely. You’re fine to read this fist, and it’s a great novella. I love the Grisha novellas! ❤️❤️❤️ I totally agree that novellas are hit and miss. They can definitely feel forced sometimes.


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