Holy. Mother. Of. Sanity.
This book was a rollercoaster of emotion, adventure, and worry.
You know when you reach the end of a series and you just know, you just know that the author is going to eviscerate all your loved ones? How could they ALL survive what’s going to happen? They can’t. They just simply can’t.
Everyone has already lost so, so much, and then this book comes along and it’s the end of the series. (Although Kelley has promised that she’s not done writing their adventures in short story compilations, graphic novels, or novellas.)
This book was by far the most brilliantly written of the lot. She tied everything and everyone together so wonderfully at the end that I felt like crying just from how great that was to see in writing.
Everyone is back, and the way she wrote out the chapters was exactly what I needed. She made sure you got to see everybody, say your goodbyes, see them at their best and their worst, and just all around action packed like they have never been before.
This was the most well formed “Goodbye” I’ve ever read of a series.
(Okay, it’s tied with Harry Potter, but you get what I’m saying.)
You not only get to hear from your favourite characters, but you get to hear from Kelley herself as she writes us a foreword and a final note. It was beautiful. Just beautiful.
So great, I don’t even know what to do with myself.
Every time the werewolves come back I get super excited. I may or may not be completely in love with Clay.
Which would make him scowl and hate my guts if he was a real person. (There are probably some psychological issues of my own that I need to work out if I actually fall for people like that in real life.)
What I like the most about him is his love for Elena and how it’s so steady even when they are fighting. …So that really doesn’t lend to my theory that I have a problem then.
Plus I love that he’s sarcastic as fuck. He’s more of a kindred spirit than a potential love interest for me then.
…I realize what I’m writing sounds completely insane because he’s a fictional character, but these are the things I think about. So fuck off.
So, this book is about the pair of them hunting down mutts in Alaska. But not just mutts, crazy Russian mutts who are known rapists and sadists.
Not to mention there is a werewolf living in the woods with a wolf pack. A legit animal wolf pack, not just a werewolf pack.
And this crazy half man half wolf half bear (wait…that’s too many halves…) attacking things in the woods as well.
Shit gets crazy and I loved it.
Hope Adams is a chaos half-demon.
She loves a good thrill, loves a good fight, and loves it when chaos vibes roll through her whenever hunky suave Karl Marsten, werewolf, is around.
I understand that I can make these book sounds incredibly insane and cheesy, but you don’t have to trust my writing, you have to trust Kelley Armstrongs.
Here is another example of exemplary writing and story telling.
We’ve met Hope before, we know what she’s like, and now we are getting a great adventure involving my favourite Cabal leader, Benecio ‘Kill You With A Thunder Bolt” Cortez, a gang of supernaturals looking to take down the Cabals, and the ever angry: Karl Marsten. With Hope at the forefront and trying to get a hold of her powers as they grow and sometimes debilitate her, we end up with a really fun book.
Great plot, great ending, just great, great, great.
Plus Hope continually puts Karl in his place whenever he gets out of line and I love that she’s always ribbing him.
The werewolves are back! The werewolves are back!
I love my wolf pack.
Honestly, I look forward to seeing them throughout the series more than any other characters, but I’m really glad that this series isn’t completely revolving around them. Kelley Armstrong writes in such a way that I’ll always be intrigued by this series. She keeps you on your toes!
“Broken” is about my beloved wolf pack, and things are changing. (Pun not completely intended.)
Remember Xavier? He was from “Stolen”, he was that dingaling teleporter that is really only after things for himself? Couldn’t really care about anyone unless they could do something for him?
Well. He’s back and he’s asking Elena and Clay’s help in stealing the “From Hell” letter that is rumoured to contain Jack the Ripper.
Go figure that they accidentally open a portal and unwittingly let him out.
The real problem with this? There are all sorts of diseases that come from Victorian England and Elena has a little parasite of her own happening.
She’s pregnant. Naturally, Clay is worried as fuck.
Great writing, one of my favourite books as you get to see this couple work together again and do battle, but also that you get to see Elena trying to act in the best interest of her future kids instead of just herself and Clay.
Loved it. Constant vigilance!
Humans aren’t in the know when it comes to supernatural beings. We are focused on the lore and the materialistic side of it: ie. What could powers DO for me?
In the second of the Otherworld series we are back with the werewolves and Elena Michaels has been captured by a duel working team of supernatural’s and humans. Working to find out all they can and exploit all they can in an under ground facility where they study supernatural’s. The humans are closing in.
Elena, being the only female werewolf, is in high demand since women rarely survive being bitten and are certainly not born with the gene. Being a werewolf is a boys club.
We’ve all likely read something where people or things are being experimented on, it all sounds familiar right? Under ground? Scientists? Humans pushing the limits?
This is a book, while using all the classic scare tactics such as the poking and prodding of science, that also uses the dark side of human nature. Very well written, fresh, and down right stressful while also providing heart warming moments.
I love Elena. She feels like a real person even though she is a werewolf, she admits to being scared, she has panic attacks, she has real people flaws that I enjoy reading about.
Good stuff. (This is why I’m rereading the series book by book instead of just the new ones.)
We’ve met, so you know that I need to reread a series before I continue on with the latest book. Well, I haven’t read her two latest novels, and I have a slight problem:
This series is 13 regular books long and in tow with those 16 short story filled books. And as I’m Googling to see what’s up with her and the correct chronological order, I’ve noticed that since I thought she only had two new books out: she’s published four more.
What the hell!!!
But it’s too late, I’ve already started. I mean, I’m only on the second one, but like I said: I’m a purest.
So here I am reading this series for probably the fourth time and it’s made me realize something pretty important:
I love the hell out of these characters. She still got me when one of my favourite characters dies, even though I planned on skimming the books I’ve already read she still sucked me in with her amazing storytelling, and even though I know the first book backwards and forwards Bitten was still a great book to read.
My favourite wolf papa: Jeremy Danvers
“I was very strict on that point. No devouring classmates.” Jeremy rolled his eyes. “Other parents warn their kids not to talk to strangers. I had to warn mine not to eat them.”
Jeremy, Stolen, The Otherworld Series
I was first introduced to this series by my brother who thinks it is endlessly amusing. I have to agree with him.
This series is written by a fellow Canadian, and she is among my favourite authors. Kelley Armstrong has written the Women of the Otherworld series, and it’s a delightful new take on the supernatural world.
The first book “Bitten” starts out following the only female werewolf, Elena Michaels, as she tries to deal with becoming a werewolf and trying to fit in with normal people. She’s even dating a regular guy, but often needs to sneak out in the middle of the night in the big city of Toronto, in order to go for a run as her werewolf self.
Thankfully, she is needed in the supernatural world where you discover that she has a serious attachment to a hunky blond werewolf named Clay, who is adamantly trying to get back together with her.
This is a refreshing new take on the supernatural scene, and I think I like following werewolves more than I like reading about certain vampires. The rest of the series is about Elenas friends who also happen to be supernatural beings. Keep going and you’ll find that there are witches, wizards, vampires, and more werewolf fun to be had.
I recommend this to any girl who wants to read about women who kick men’s asses and don’t give a rats ass about looking good while doing it. Regular women with amazing abilities.