Another Together and Another Beginning are two short novellas both set in the world of The Next Together following the main characters from The Next Together and The Last Beginning respectively. These novellas are companion novels of a sort, they don’t hold any information vital to the story but provide us with more adventures from these characters and let us get to know them a bit better. I have thoughts on each and as they’re only short I decided to put them together in one review. If you’ve read The Next Together series I highly recommend checking these ebooks out! Even better at the time of writing both of these novellas are free on the kindle via Amazon right now.
Warning: As these are companion novels there may be light spoilers in for the two full novels in these reviews. If you’ve read only The Next Together you can still read Another Together but I would highly recommend reading The Last Beginning before reading Another Beginning.
Another Together by Lauren James
Published June 2nd 2016 by Walker
“Are you absolutely certain this is safe?” Matthew Galloway asked.
A short story of intrigue and murder set in the world of The Next Together series. Winter, 1940: there is a murderer on the loose at Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s most daring codebreaking operation against the Nazis. Can two young codebreakers Kitty and Matthew catch the killer? This standalone short story can be enjoyed by new readers and existing fans of Lauren James’s The Next Together series.
After finishing the two main books in this series I had already decided Matthew and Katherine Galloway were couple goals and possibly one of my favourite “ships” because I love the feel of their relationship with each other and how they always fall in love. As a result I’m pretty sure I could read a hundred more novela like this, experiencing more of their “incarnations” throughout history, this particular one however is mentioned a couple of times in the main books themselves and was a logical choice for the basis of a short story.
It was nice to read the goings on in Another Together without also trying to work out what exactly is going on (with their other selves throughout time etc) as I waited to read this until I’d read both full books and I could honestly just devour an entire book of their different adventures and lives. The chemistry between the two is spot on as always and really captures the same spirit which kept me voraciously flicking through pages whenever I got the chance.
The plot itself is interesting and has a great little well rounded mystery within that I found really satisfying and very enjoyable to read. Can we get a Kat and Matt mystery series now please?
Another Beginning by Lauren James
Published July 29th 2017 by Walker
“Elenore Walker, ancient literature thief. It makes an odd sort of sense, actually,” Clove said.
Featuring the much-loved protagonists Clove and Ella, Another Beginning is a companion story to The Last Beginning, set during the siege of Carlisle in 1745.
Clove is working as a maid in the Finchley household while she spies on Katherine Finchley and Matthew Galloway. But her mission is briefly interrupted when fellow maid Ella persuades her to help steal a valuable historical document from the main defence in the city – the castle. The two girls embark on a risky adventure involving scaling castle walls and hiding in the most unlikely of places!
A fast-paced and fun read, perfect for Lauren James’s existing fans, and readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance
Another Beginning made me really happy. I found the way Ella treated Clove in The Last Beginning a bit abhorrent at times and infuriating at others, especially in comparison to Matt and Kate. I wonder now if this is because we didn’t see much down time with Clove and Ella, not to mention their relationship is the strangest kind of long distance and probably a little confusing for both of them. This novela however is a lovely side to their relationship before things get complicated, just two girls who obviously have crushes on each other planning and executing a heist inside a castle during a siege, what could go wrong?
As with Another Together I think without the pressure of the main storyline we are more free to see the characters better and without complications. This novella has given me a better appreciation for the infamous Clove Sutcliffe and the Mysterious love of her life Ella. It was nice to see their interactions outside of trying to save the world and the timeline, not to mention I’m glad Ella is a giant book nerd despite her year of birth. Can we please now have another story about the two of them trying to scout out and save the library of Alexandria?
Sadly this marks the end of the of my Lauren James binge until The Quiet at the End Of The World releases next year! I am however considering rereading or trying out the audio book for The Loneliest Girl in the Universe so you never know!