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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong: Book Review

Tales of the Otherworld
by Kelley Armstrong
Vintage Canada (Random House Canada)
ISBN: 978-0-307-35900-1
Release Date: March 22, 2011
Buy from Indigo

Description: Have you ever wondered how lone wolf Clayton Danvers finally got bitten by the last thing he ever expected: love? Or how the hot-blooded bad-girl witch Eve Levine managed to ensnare the cold, ruthless corporate sorcerer, Kristof Nast in one of the Otherworld’s most unlikely pairings? Would you like to be a fly on the wall at the wedding of Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne, as their eminently practical plans are gradually upended by their well-meaning friends? Or tag along with Lucas and Paige as they investigate a rather gruesome case that looks to be the result of a rogue vampire?

Now, Otherworld reader can share these moments with some of their favorite characters—as well as catching welcome glimpses into the minds of some of the lesser-known players. But even readers new to the Otherworld universe will find much to love in these seven tales of friendship, adventure, and enduring romance.

Anthology contains: Birthright, Beginnings, Ghosts, Expectations, Wedding Bell Hell, The Case of El Chupacabra and a new story narrated by Eve

The Good Stuff

  • I've only read one other Kelley Armstrong book so far (The Gathering) and I was a little worried that I would be lost reading this anthology, but was pleasantly surprised.  I wasn't lost at all, it just really whet my appetite to read the rest of her stories in order to find out more about their stories
  • ALL proceeds from sale of book goes to World Literacy Canada - that is worth the price of the book alone
  • Kelley just knows how to craft a good tale.  I always feel slightly out of touch after I am reading her stories, because I become so engrossed in her world
  • Favorite stories were Rebirth, Bewitched and Beginnings
  • Intriguing, fast paced stories
  • Love her dry humour
  • Strong kick ass female characters
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Now I want to read more books by her and I have some books that HAVE to be reviewed first, before I can read more by Kelley -- damn responsibilities
  • Brought it to work with me one day to read at lunch and ended up reading for almost 2 hours -- and I only have a 1 hour lunch -- phew didn't get busted though
  • As a new reader I was a little confused at what exactly the Cabal are
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It was like seeing a mythical being come to life -- a real parent, the kind I'd heard existed,  but never met. Certainly never had myself."

"Some women just aren't cut out to be mothers, and unfortunately it had taken Susanna three kids to realize she was one of them."

"I wasn't stupid enough to piss off a guy like that. Just stupid enough to do business with him and expect a fair deal."

"Vampirism is simply another state of consciousness" she said. "You will find that vampires do not appreciate being called--" Her lips twisted. "Undead".

What I Learned
  • Tons of background information about various characters in the Otherworld
  • That I NEED to get more books by Kelley -- hmm I know the babysitter and Keira have all of her books, think I will be borrowing from them for a change.
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Pretty much anyone who is interested in a good tale with paranormal twists
  • I would say 14+ due to some sexuality and violence - but it is not me to judge
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- thank guys for introducing me to such a spectacular author and she's Canadian : )


  1. I love this book, especially Elena's story. You should check out Men of the Otherworld.

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  3. Once again Kelley Armstrong has outdone herself! Her books are wonderful to read. Real "page turners"! Kelley Armstrong writes books for adults and puts Stephenie Meyer to shame. Kelley's books always keep you guessing and hungry for more.
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  4. Because this book wasn't part of the series I was hesitant on getting it. Oh why did I wait to read this book? Everything you have been dying to read about is in this book... The story of how Clay became a were, the love story and break up of Eve and Christof, Lucas and Paiges' wedding. Each short story is perfectly written just like everything Kelly Armstrong touches. Don't wait to read this book. You won't be able to put it down!

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