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Tales of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories #2)

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New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has bewitched audiences with her Otherworld series of supernatural thrillers. Now, in this new collection of shorter fiction, some of Armstrong's most tantalizing lead characters appear alongside her unforgettable supporting players, who step out of the shadows and into the light.

Have you ever wondered how lone wolf Clayto
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kat Kennedy
Aug 03, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Women of the Otherworld series
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: Tatiana
This is only a review for Elena and Clay's portion of Tales of the Otherworld as I never read the series past Stolen and they were the only couple I was interested in.

In some ways, I was really glad I'd read it and in others I somewhat despaired. Beginnings is the story of how Clay and Elena met and fell in love, roughly set ten years before Bitten where they finally resolve their issues and relationship.

And that's the big problem for me. I'd always imagined, while reading Bitten, that they had
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AH
As I was reading this book, I felt like I was back with some old friends. Two summers ago, I tore through Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I love the books. I can’t get enough of my favourite characters. I want more!

I did get more. I got more Clay and Elena, more Paige and Lucas, and more of the rest of the great cast of characters that inhabit this world. This is a collection of 8 stories featuring these characters. My one and only criticism is that a few of the shorter stori
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
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It's been a few months since I've read a book by Kelly Armstrong but within moments of starting this one I was reminded why she's one of my all-time favorite authors. Her writing skills are top notch and her characters are so real I feel as if they're my friends. Tales of the Otherworld is a real treat for both new and old fans because it offers a peak into this series without commitment but also offers new insights into your favorite characters. There was one particular s
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Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I ordered a signed copy of this book a few days ago with the warning that I wouldn't receive it until May and then to my surprise it came through my letter box this morning!

The Introduction explains that these stories were all previously available online on the author's website except of course the new story, Bewitched.

Rebirth - This is Aaron's story (first seen in Stolen) of how he became a vampire and how he met Cassandra (also first seen in Stolen). I found this story interesting as it exp
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Chris
The stories in this collection are mostly okay. There are two and half stand-outs, but the rest of the stories aren't bad, but just okay. However, one cannot but be joyful at the reason for this book's publication and its use in raising money.

The two stand out stories are the story of Eve and Kristof's relationship and the story of Elena and Clay up until the bit that forms the basis for the interaction in the first novel of the Otherworld series.

In many ways, Eve's story is better, the charact
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Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Rebirth - How Aaron became a vampire and met Cassandra.

Bewitched - This is the story of how Eve and Kristof met and fell in love. And also the specifics concerning why she left him. Fair warning--it's as lovely as it is heartbreaking.

Birthright - Logan POV. How he joined the Pack.

Beginnings - At close to 200 pages this is closer to a short story than a novella (not that I'm complaining). It's included in the Tales of the Otherworld collection, and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I'm talking OMGOMG!! amazing
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Vera
Apr 05, 2016 Vera rated it really liked it
My rating is for the short story 'Beginnings' alone.
For ages, I felt the desire to read how Clayton and Elena began. Although the backstory is hinted at in 'Bitten' - to read it in full was marvellous. It felt so strange reading the early dynamics in Elena and Clayton's relationship. She really allowed herself to open up to him - but he broke her trust in a serious way. Although Elena is more bitter, and 'hardened' in the later books, I appreciated seeing this more altruistic side to her. She wa
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Melissa
Mar 26, 2016 Melissa marked it as read-part-of
I finished Bitten and realized there were a bunch of prequel short stories to that book, so going by the author's website (I think that's where I got my chronological list of stories) I started with the first.

Rebirth: It's not really related to the characters in Bitten, but it was a good quick read and I'll look forward to see more of those characters somewhere else in the series. Perhaps I'll go check out the publication dates before I go to the next. Either way though I enjoyed Aaron and Cass
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Cindi
May 19, 2010 Cindi rated it really liked it
For those of you who love Kelley Armstrong like I do, I suggest you read this group of shorts/novellas that touch on several series characters and explore the first meeting of Clay and Elena. If you are able, BUY this book (vs. borrow or check it out) because Ms. Armstrong has published Tales ONLY as a charitable endeavor. What a generous lady!

Normally I do not care much for short stories, novellas and anthologies because there is never enough time to bond with the characters. Tales, however, ha
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 01, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Otherworld Series
I greatly enjoy Armstrong's Otherworld books. I wouldn't recommend starting with this one if you haven't read them--these are a grouping of 8 stories, including one novella, and I think their primary pleasure comes from seeing them fill in the gaps in the histories of some favorite characters. They'd definitely act as spoilers for those early books and without that background some readers might be a bit lost, or at least miss some of their impact without the context. So go read Bitten and Stolen ...more
Carol.
Mar 25, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed reading the Tales of the Otherworld, but would suspect it is a book largely for fans.

"Rebirth" is a vampire birthing tale, which was moderately interesting. I had forgotten how vampires worked in Armstrong's world. "Bewitched" was one of the better stories, and describes the meeting and sweet romance between Eve Levine and Kristof Nast. I've always had a problem with Eve's character in Armstrong books, because her characterization varies so much depending on which book/story. When she
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This was an awesome collection of short stories. We got some seriously good backstory on these characters. I had not realized just how long it was that Aaron and Cassandra knew each other. I hadn't realized his vampirism was hereditary, either. I liked that story.

Then, we get the story of how Eve met Kristof, loved Kristof and left Kristof. Eve is still one of my favorite characters in this series. She is awesome and Kristof solidified himself as my second favorite hero in this series. I already
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
I enjoyed reading these stories, it all helps build a better picture of the Otherworld. Here's a small review of each story in no particular order.

The Case of El Chupacabra. Forgive me if this was explained in other books, I might've overlooked it, but I didn't know that Sean Nast was gay. That is actually pretty cool, I'm ok with that and want to see where this will go. I liked seeing Lucas and Paige in a more day to day operation investigating this case, and we also have a guest appearance by
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Kathy
Jun 22, 2010 Kathy rated it really liked it
what an idea... a collection of stories (like the 'Men of the Otherworld') that take snipets from her otherworld novels, and fills in what happened. What a concept...

This one introduces Aaron's heredity discovery of being a vampire... and Cassandra helping him..

Eve & Kristof's romance (ahhhh), that ended with her pregnancy & his father's interference...

Logan, a hereditary werewolf of unknown parentage, sent to Jeremy Danvers just before his Change at 18 years old - I don't remember him
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Luke
May 15, 2016 Luke marked it as to-come-back-to
Rebirth (3/5): Basically, it follows Aaron as he becomes a vampire. It was enjoyable. There was a paragraph that amused me. My only issue is that it was short, and I wish there was more to it. That aside, it was still a good read.

Bewitched (_/5):

Birthright (_/5):

Beginnings (_/5):

Expectations (4/5): I love Lucas. I don't know why, but I do. I liked this glimpse into his past. I can't wait for more stories with him.

Ghosts (3/5): Set around the events in Bitten, we follow Jeremy Danvers, an Alpha
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Jodi
May 23, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it
It's hard not to enjoy a book that has a novella with Clay and Elena. These are short stories set within the Otherworld that Armstrong wrote for her website based on fan request. The Eve/Kristof story, narrated by Eve, is the story of her involvement with him and why she left. In fact, most of these stories are backstories. As such, they lack the immediacy of the books. But learning how Aaron became a vampire and chose to live or setting the stage for Lucas and Paige to run a Cortez office in Po ...more
Katie
Apr 12, 2013 Katie rated it it was amazing
There's one thing I HATE about Kelley Armstrong's books (yes, all of them) - they end. Love her writing, wish there were more.
I try to read slow, but her stories suck me in and they play out like the best movies ever made and next thing I know THE END - you can't "read her words" you simply see her stories.
Stephen
A fantastic collection of stories that further builds on the world Kelley Armstrong has built in the novels.

A must for fans of the Women of the Otherworld series of novels!
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
This is a surprisingly fun collection of stories. There are a whole stack of short stories, plus two longer novellas, and they feature a great range of characters from the series. I particularly enjoyed the first of the two novellas, which covers the period from when Elena and Clay first meet through to when he bites her. It gave a great background to their relationship and the dynamic between them in the early books. And it was great to have it written as a split narrative so that we saw things ...more
chucklesthescot
Apr 14, 2015 chucklesthescot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waited until the series was finished before I read this anthology. It covers the meetings between popular couples-Aaron and Cassandra, Eve and Kristof and Clay and Elena. We also get the wedding of Paige and Lucas, Logan arriving at Stonehaven and Sean Nast gets himself into trouble at a murder scene.

Being a wolf fan, the main draw here for me was reading about Clay and Elena's story. It is great seeing another side of Clay and you can finally understand why he chose to bite Elena. I really e
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An Odd1
Apr 24, 2011 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*** "Tales of the Otherworld" are eight short episodes, in chronological order by Kelley Armstrong, from boring to passionate. I like the first two, complete stories, not entangling too many names. "Rebirth" is Aaron, medieval farmboy, unknowingly inheriting vampirism from his mother, accidentally knifed while rescuing innocents, as usual. "Bewitched" is Eve Levine giving lessons, then giving in, to Mafia family style Cabal leader Kristof Nast, in a recent time when witches and sorcerers are oil ...more
Carolyn F.
Apr 13, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
Anthology by same author. 3.5 stars. Better than average anthology.

1. Rebirth - This is about Aaron, the vampire, and how he came to be a vampire. Also how he tried to do his yearly kill in order to live without becoming a horrible person. ***

2. Bewitched - This story is about Eve and Kristof and now I understand how they got together and why. He was actually a man trying to work for his corrupt family but stay a good man and good father. Very sad ending. ****

3. Birthright - About the werewolf
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Sho
Jul 31, 2011 Sho rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have read most of the stories included in this anthology on the author's website, when it was posted there for free. It was nice to read them again and enjoy the background prospective of the characters in her books.

Stories:
Rebirth (How Aaron became a vampire)= interesting
Bewitched (How Eve and Kristof Nast met and became involved)=was really touching
Birthright (How Logan came to Stonehaven)=nice back story
Beginnings (How Elena became werewolf)
=for a fan this story is a must! gives good back
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Annie
Jun 24, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it
This is a collection of Otherworld short stories and novellas. As a whole, I enjoyed it. If you've read the Otherworld series, you know that the books don't immediately follow right after each other. Time elapses and the characters lives continue (as they did prior to the start of Bitten), but we don't get to see it - they're dark places. You have to think of these stories as illuminating some of those dark places. They don't answer everything and they don't always have a neat, tidy ending, but ...more
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I first fell in love with Kelley Armstrong through Industrial Magic and Dime Store Magic, her novels featuring Paige Winterbourne. Paige was capable, strong, wielded magic and didn’t need leather to save the day. Don’t get me wrong, Armstrong is a fabulous writer and her Women of the Otherworld series is unique and engaging; but even as Paige led me to other books in the series, I found that I missed Paige, her voice and her life with Lucas and S
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Anna
Oct 08, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
l've come to the conclusion that I only really like Armstrong's short stories and werewolf tales. This comes as bit of a revelation, as, although I like werewolf tales well enough, I don't normally like short stories. However, Armstrong's shorts have several benefits: she writes snapshots better than extended storylines, as they tend to be more focussed in terms of location and narrative direction, avoiding dull dialogue, descriptions and journey times. If she was being paid by American Airlines ...more
Lorre
Jan 27, 2014 Lorre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-complete
I didn't read these stories one after the other but in the reading order given by Kelley Armstrong on this handy PDF checklist.

Rebirth - 19 pages
About Aaron and how he got to be reborn as a vampire... I liked Aaron and I really hope he's a character that will appear further in this series!

Bewitched - 64 pages
I loved this story!!! I've already read (and loved) Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series and I had no idea Women of the Otherworld would have common elements. It was
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Kathy Davie
Apr 07, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A couple of the tales are somewhat independent; the rest fill in background on the principal characters in Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.

Rebirth tells of Aaron's introduction to the undead life; Aaron, today, is a co-delegate on the Council with Cassandra.

Bewitched is the story of how Kristof and Eve met, their singular courtship, and why Eve left.

Birthright chronicles Logan's introduction to the Danvers Pack.

Beginnings finally gives us the background on Clay and Elena's courtship e
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Nancy O'Toole
Apr 24, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it liked it
Tales of the Otherworld is the second collection of short fiction which takes place in the Otherworld universe. The first collection, Men of the Otherworld, was unique as it almost read like a novel, telling us the history of the werewolf pack, while focusing on the characters of Clay and Jeremy. Tales of the Otherworld is a little closer to what you’d expect from such a collection, delivering us the stories that couldn’t fit in the Otherworld novels. Like Men of the Otherworld, the short storie ...more
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Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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