Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: THIRDS: Beyond the Books Volume 1
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 164 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2016
Join us as we celebrate the THIRDS universe with this collection of flash fiction stories written to prompts submitted by fans. Sometimes we want to know more about our favorite characters. Where they came from, how they became who they are, their families, friendships, and past heartaches. These snippets of moments in time offer an inside look at the lives of our favorite THIRDS characters. Whether it’s first shifts, the forging of unbreakable bonds, or a night full of shenanigans, these stories are sure to enrich your THIRDS reading experience.
** All royalties earned from THIRDS Beyond the Books are being donated to Big Cat Rescue.
Normally in a collection like this, I’d break down each individual story with an opinion and a rating but I find it isn’t really feasible to do it for this book. What you have here is a collection of twenty-five short stories all based on prompts submitted to the author from fans of the THIRDS series. These stories are varied and cover all sorts of things such as first meetings, scenes from some characters’ childhoods, and missing and/or extended scenes from the books already published. Every one of them was entertaining and served as a further reminder as to why I love this series so darn much.
The length of each offering varies and it would be hard to go into any detail about them all without ruining them completely and the majority of my opinions for each one would sound shockingly similar; “I really enjoyed it, it was great getting to see ______, and/or it made me laugh or filled me with feelings.” One of the prompts had to do with the sex talk Dex and his brother Cael got…anyone who has read the series will know what I’m talking about and I have to say I laughed so hard it was ridiculous.
This is certainly a different review for me since I just don’t want to ruin any of the gems found in this book. What I can say with absolute certainty is that this is an excellent companion piece to the THIRDS series and if you liked any of the books, you’ll like this one. Also, its only $.99. SERIOUSLY. And all the proceeds go to charity so really, you’re getting an awesome book full of bonus stories with all the boys I love and you’re helping out a great charity in the process. If that doesn’t sell you, there’s also an extended sneak peek of the next book in the back that has me really looking forward to the next release. This is a really great companion piece with enjoyable stories that will completely enrich the THIRDS universe and the boys found within it and I highly recommend it to fans of the series.