Mini-Reviews: Resist and Regret by Elana Johnson

Resist: A Possession Short Story (Possession, #.5)Resist: A Possession Short Story by Elana Johnson
Published: November 20th 2011 by Elana Johnson 
Download (Free): Smashwords
Description from Goodreads:
Zenn Bower has spent his life falling in love with Violet Schoenfeld. After he turned twelve, he learned his father was part of an underground revolution called the Resistance, a group of free-thinking citizens fighting against the mind controlling governement. He joined, putting his considerable talents to use: lying, flying, and voice control.

He wishes life inside the Resistance could be easy. He yearns to tell Vi what he's doing in the middle of the night. He wants cocky leader of the Resistance Jag Barque to back off.

Zenn runs a mission with Blaze, Jag's older brother, to Freedom. It's a simple get in, get out procedure. But things go wrong when Blaze breaks protocol and Zenn uses his voice to detain him. Zenn's met by Thane Meyers at the drop location, and he has an interesting proposal for Zenn.

Ultimately Zenn has to choose: Violet or the Resistance.
My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Resist is a great re-introduction into the world of Possession, as it has been some time since I've read it (over a year).

The story in Resist takes place before Possession. Even though it is a prequel, I'd highly recommend reading Possession before diving into this, or else you might find yourself a bit confused.

Resist is only around sixteen pages (the first chapter of Possession is included at the end), but even though it is short, it's nice to learn more about Zenn. I wasn't the biggest fan of Zenn in Possession, so it was nice to learn more about who he was before.

My review for Possession can be found here: http://yabookhaven.wordpress.com/2011...

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Regret (Possession, #1.5)Regret by Elana Johnson
ebook, 64 pages
Published: April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse 
Purchase: Amazon -- Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:
Set in the world of Possession and Surrender, this riveting, original eBook reveals pieces of Jag’s mysterious past and the inner workings of the Resistance.When Jag, the leader of the Resistance, goes missing during a mission, Indy feels like her heart might break. But as Jag’s second in command, she must put her feelings for him aside and take charge. With Jag in the Thinkers’ hands, the Resistance needs Indy’s smart strategy and calm leadership now more than ever. Indy knows that wherever Jag is, he’s counting on her to continue the fight.
But then Jag returns . . . with a girl named Vi.
Indy doesn’t know who this new girl is, or what she has to do with Jag’s disappearance, but she can see the way Jag looks at Vi, and it makes Indy’s heart stop cold. Now that Jag has returned with a new girl at his side, does Indy even have a place in the Resistance?
My Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better! I was a bit on the fence after reading "Possession" (book one), but after reading both "Resist" and "Regret", it is safe to say that I'm really enjoying where Johnson is taking this series.

Given how short "Regret" is (it isn't really 84 pages as Amazon states; there are two chapters from both "Possession" and "Surrender" included), I wasn't expecting much. But Johnson manages to pack a punch in this short. There's so much that goes on in these six chapters.

Is it necessary to read "Regret"? I haven't read "Surrender" yet (though I plan on starting it this week), but I'm going to have to go with yes. These shorts (both "Resist" and "Regret") offer something readers will enjoy between novels, it'd be wrong to skip over them.

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