This has always been one of those very established series I’ve been wanting to read. But of course, squeezing it in was always the problem. Until I got the audiobook! Perfect solution!
I don’t really know how to describe what completely won me over with this book. I loved all aspects of it, really. Mercy, a strong heroine. Adam, the alpha who completely intrigued me from the get go. The world building, which I’m guessing we’ve only seen a bit of, was totally magical. The plot was mysterious and exciting. The secondary characters had so much character, they completely cemented my feelings on how much I will enjoy the rest of this series. And the setting! I absolutely love the setting. Really, any book set in Washington state will be a winner for me. It’s one of my top places to visit one day.
The audiobook (Penguin Audiobooks, Released 9/1/09, length 9 hrs and 14 mins), narrated by Lorelei King, was so completely well done. Lorelei King’s performance is stellar. I was hanging on every word. I plan to continue this series via audiobooks, especially since they’re all read by Lorelei. It’s the type of story that, when read perfectly, is completely cinematic.
If you’re in the market for an adult urban-fantasy story, whether it be via audiobook, which I highly recommend, or just in print, you will do yourself a favor by picking up Mercy Thompson.(less)
HOLY CRAP!! THE ENDING!! For all of you who, like me, DIED A LITTLE INSIDE because of the outcome of a certain favorite character...YOU MUST READ THIS...moreHOLY CRAP!! THE ENDING!! For all of you who, like me, DIED A LITTLE INSIDE because of the outcome of a certain favorite character...YOU MUST READ THIS NOVELLA!! Also, if you've read RIFT, you'll recognize a couple of the names mentioned and will make you even more anxious for RISE.(less)
This is a great continuation of what happened after the end of Wolfsbane. Ansel AND Ren...my heart breaks for them. :( This novella is worth every pen...moreThis is a great continuation of what happened after the end of Wolfsbane. Ansel AND Ren...my heart breaks for them. :( This novella is worth every penny.(less)
If you’re a fan of this fantastic series, or if you’re new to this world, you will for sure enjoy this eSpecial with two novellas. Kelley Armstrong never disappoints!
In Stalked, we see Clay Danvers doing what he does best: kicking ass and taking names. And as always, being extremely sexy and prickly. It was so much fun seeing him trying to give Elena the most perfect honeymoon because he’s normally not like that. But he loves her more than anything and would give her the world if she asked for it. The problem is that there’s a mutt trying to cause them some problems, trying to ruin their honeymoon. So now Clay has to expertly get rid of him without Elena finding out. It’s a totally fun story that you do not want to pass up.
Off-Duty Angel stars are kick-ass Eve Levine. In this story, we get to see her awesome skills on gathering information. Even though this discovery might blow stuff out of the water. This story ties in directly with the previous book, Spell Bound, and with the upcoming and final book in the series, Thirteen, so I don’t want to give too much away. Just know that it is worth it.
And now I am SO ready for Thirteen! It’s going to be bittersweet…(less)
From the moment I read Nightshade, I knew you had created a completely new take on werewolves that was going to be epic. Because it’s not just about wolves...it’s full of magic and adventure and sacrifice and heartache. It’s the kind of story that takes incredible skill and imagination to bring to life and you delivered that in this series.
Not only that, but you created characters that I came to feel so very strongly for. I felt like I was part of this group of brave people, like they were my friends. Anytime I lost one, I grieved...and I grieved a lot in these three books! I But the fact that I felt anything that strongly just speaks again of your incredible talent.
Bloodrose had me on the edge of my seat quest after quest. It was such an incredible journey each time they went to retrieve part of the cross. It made me want to be there, fighting with them! And I never say that about any story….seriously! Never. I’m perfectly content cheering on my favorite characters on their quests from the comfort of my bed, but I wanted to join this group so badly! Though if I did I’m pretty sure I’d be the first casualty, lol.
When it came time for the final battle, I braced myself. I thought I was prepared for what I suspected would happen, but I was kidding myself. I never imagined how much it would hurt to see THAT fall. I had to put the book down and I cried for about five minutes. After my pity party and some talking myself down from the ledge, I understood why it had to happen...my only gripe is the how. I feel he deserved a better way. *sigh* I’m ok though…no worries. What really surprised me was the rest of it. I did not anticipate the outcome for the pack, but it is so, so fitting, and it left me with such a bittersweet feeling. I may have cried a little more…but this time, they were tears of joy for them.
It is with that feeling upon finishing Bloodrose that I write this letter to you...to say outstanding job. You’ve made a lifelong fan out of me. :)
Chaotic by Kelley Armstrong - This is the only story I actually read because the Otherworld series is a favorite of mine. Karl and Hope are an interes...moreChaotic by Kelley Armstrong - This is the only story I actually read because the Otherworld series is a favorite of mine. Karl and Hope are an interesting couple, and I've always wanted to know about the first time they met. Of course, it had to be chaotic! I really love Karl...I think he's very sexy! If you're a fan of this series, then you'll like this story. :)(less)
I don’t think there’s a more fun and/or endearing character out there than Evie. From the moment this book began, I had a smile on my face. She’s cute, funny, and vulnerable..but she can kick still kick butt when butt-kicking is needed. She’s become almost like a little sister who I watch with amusement at the things she comes up with. In turn, I also feel very protective over her when bad things happen or she’s hurt. I don’t think any other character out there has made me feel this way. Then there’s Lend. Gosh, that boy is bleeping perfect!! I just want to steal him away for myself! But I couldn’t do that to our Evie. Kiersten White knows how to write some romance!
I liked how the problems arising throughout the book threw me off of the actual immediate danger Evie was facing. The pace was a little slow to start, but it picked up about halfway through. It was also around then that I figured out who the bad guy was. I think what really saved this book from being just ok for me, were those scenes with Evie and Lend. I like them so much that I didn’t mind the other things. Evie and Lend are also the reason this book is rated four stars instead of three.
Overall, Supernaturally was a good sequel! I didn’t love it as much as Paranormalcy, but still really liked it. A lot of the things that happen in it are a setup for the final book, Endlessly, so I’m excited to see what will happen in the end.(less)
As many of you have heard me say by now, Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series is one of my favorites ever. As far as paranormal mystery novels go, they don’t get better than this.
Spell Bound picks up right where Waking the Witch leaves off. Savannah has solved the case in Columbus and, oh yeah, she’s lost her powers. To put it more accurately, someone or something has taken them away from her. On top of that, there’s still a witch-hunter out there trying to kill her. But this is only the beginning of the problems that lay ahead, not even the half of it. I was truly in awe at how intelligently this mystery was woven. How every little thing would somehow be a huge discovery later. The way Kelley Armstrong tied in all of her characters into this book was just amazing. Seriously, my mind was blown!
You never really know how much romance you will get in the Otherworld books. The relationships Kelley creates are slow-building and long-lasting. And it also depends on who the main characters in the particular book are. It’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to Savannah and Adam, you won’t get the same level of romance as, say, with Clay and Elena, considering Savannah has yet to tell Adam that she’s loved him since she was twelve. Since he was twenty-three at the time she was twelve, it’s not as easy for him to realize he’s in love with her now that she’s a woman at twenty-one. The chemistry is there though, and they make such a good, fun pair...he just needs to open his eyes. The longing moments from Savannah for Adam are so heartbreaking sometimes! Nevertheless, I was really happy in the end. I may have squealed a little bit (or a lot). Haha.
As the synopsis mentions, all of the characters from this series are in this book at one point or another. They are either present or away taking care of other business, but they’re all mentioned. And I do mean ALL. It was so exciting to see them all working together again. While there have been other books in the series that have had several of the characters working together in them, there hadn’t been one where they all make an appearance at once. It really is a set up for the last book, where they will all fight together, and as exciting as it was, it also really sadden me because I know it’s coming to an end.
Really, I could go on and on and dissect every moment I loved, every character I was thrilled to see on the pages again, but I have to reign it in somewhere. Maybe after I read 13, the last book in this series, we can go over more. Of course, that’s a whole year from now unfortunately. Until then, if you have not yet read this series, I strongly recommend that you do. If you have, be assured that Spell Bound is another great installment.(less)
Andrea Cremer, I bow down at your amazing story-telling. If you thought Nightshade was full of unique, incredibly interesting characters and original story, Wolfsbane will leave you wondering how it was possible for it to have gotten even better.
Wolfsbane truly felt like a “Part II”. Yes it picks up where Nightshade left off, but it’s also almost like a completely new story. I loved that!! We’re introduced to new characters (who I instantly took a liking to and I know you will, too) and we’re told new, accurate histories about the Guardians, Searchers and Keepers. It turns out some people have been lying for a very long time, and lying very well. Wolfsbane also had a lot more action than Nightshade. More battles, more casualties. It was really sad every time someone died!
In Nightshade, my stance in the battle of the boys was firm: Team Ren, all the way. I think something about Shay always having to be saved by Calla kind of turned me off. Well, lets just say that Wolfsbane Shay has grown into his inner wolf. He is more assertive and manly, deadly even, more sure of himself...and, well, it’s kind of hard not to take notice. I found myself very conflicted, as was Calla. Calla’s conflict in choosing between them stems more from her feelings of guilt for leaving Ren, whom she truly cares about, and her feelings of love towards Shay. I’m still Team Ren though. I’m just so much more sympathetic to Ren’s character and story than Shay’s. Le sigh, I always fall for the tortured boys. One thing I’m almost positive of though, is that Calla will choose Shay in the end. She kind of did already, from the start. I’ve made my peace with it in reading Wolfsbane. They really love each other! It’s so hard to admit that I feel it will turn out that way, but I think it’s inevitable. And can I just mention how much I LOVED that scene toward the end, with Shay and Calla in the garden!? The emotions and feelings between them were so palpable! Loved it. :)
In conclusion, I hated it. HAHA, KIDDING! It was a brilliant follow up to the already amazing Nightshade! I was so engrossed by it. Sure I missed Ren, but he is very present in this book, much to Shay’s dismay. And I’m guessing from the ending that he will be ALL OVER Bloodrose, and I for one cannot wait!
Ascencion was a supernatural stew, mixed in with some Greek mythology! I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this book. There was a lot of lore to keep up with at first, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of the world Sable Grace has created.
Kyana is one kick-ass female. The fact that she’s half Vampyre and half Lychen (werewolf) makes her hated by many who think half-breeds are abominations. This doesn’t take away from the fact that she is chosen for the most important mission around, saving humanity from the evils that have been let loose when someone opened Tartarus. Of course, taking Ryker with her makes it less fun for her...at first. All Ryker wants is to have Kyana love him the way he’s loved her the past ten years. He hasn’t told her this because it would completely scare her off and leave him humiliated. It’s the reason he turned her down years ago when she wanted to get it on with him. She thinks he just wasn’t into her. She’s totally wrong, but if she knew the truth she wouldn’t really go running into his arms.
They have tons of tension going on anytime they’re together and it was really fun to read. It was that I-hate-him-but-I-want-him type of tension. The cast of side characters, most especially Haven and Geoff, were all incredibly interesting. I love the fact that Geoff is Irish and got to hear his very sexy accent in my head. The book kept a nice pace and the action/fighting scenes were intense. I really, really liked the ending! It was a completely unexpected turn of events! It certainly made me want to continue reading this series to see what happens next.
(This book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley.com for an honest review)(less)
The poor males in this series! My poor Talon...Acheron...Zarek!! I'm just glad they're all getting their happy endings eventually...hopefully, lol. So...moreThe poor males in this series! My poor Talon...Acheron...Zarek!! I'm just glad they're all getting their happy endings eventually...hopefully, lol. So far, yay for Julian, Kyrian and Talon :)(less)
REBIRTH - Great story about how Aaron became a vampire and how he met Cassandra. I've always liked Aaron :)
BEWITCHED - LOVED!! Eve & Kristof's sto...moreREBIRTH - Great story about how Aaron became a vampire and how he met Cassandra. I've always liked Aaron :)
BEWITCHED - LOVED!! Eve & Kristof's story has been one of my favorites and probably the most heartbreaking. I'm happy they're together now but all those years apart when they loved each other is so sad! And knowing how much Kristof loves his kids, having to love one from afar is also so sad.
BIRTHRIGHT - A very short story of how Logan, whom we sadly know so little about because he seems like he was a great guy, comes to find out what he is and how he comes to join the Pack.
BEGINNINGS - *sigh* Even though we knew the story of how Elena and Clay met and how she became a werewolf, having the DETAILED story is such a treat. I love it when we get to see the guy's POV in stories, and this was incredible! Seeing Clay discover his attraction for Elena and then trying to figure out how to keep spending more time with her was beyond charming!! Of course, seeing how much he loves her only makes the results of him turning her and not speaking to him for years seem so much more heartbreaking for Clay. Loved this story.
EXPECTATIONS - First thing first. I LOVE when Lucas narrates! Everyone's voice in the Otherworld series is very distinct, but Lucas and his nerdy lawyer talk stands out to me. I find him irresistible for that reason, that and his character. This is the story of Lucas and Eve's meeting, or confrontation I should say. It was good. :D
GHOSTS - This short story is told by Jeremy. He's worrying about Elena & Clay, and reminiscing on how hard it was after Clay bit Elena.
WEDDING BELL HELL - The story of Lucas & Paige's wedding. I liked it!!! :D
THE CASE OF EL CHUPACABRA - This is short mystery. Aside from that it is also about Sean(Nast)'s struggles with his sexuality and his trying to come out to his family and how Lucas & Paige come to start Cortez-Winterbourne Investigations. I feel so sad for Sean as he struggles, as his father did, with what he wants his life to be as the Cabal heir and what his life will actually be as the Cabal heir. I hope one day he gets his happy ending. :)(less)