Series: Otherworld Stories, #5
Published by Penguin Publishing Group, Plume on October 4, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400 pages
Sexual Content: references to sex, kissing, moderate sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
Embrace the obscure. In the final installment of the Otherworld anthology series, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong once again opens the gates to the Otherworld. This collection of rare and never-before-published novellas and short stories brings the clever wit, dark twists, and intense suspense Otherworld readers have come to expect. Favorite characters return, secrets are revealed, and several important storylines reach their conclusions.
These stories ranged from cute and fun to kind of okay. This is the last anthology for The Otherworld Stories and I liked seeing one last glimpse into these characters lives.
This is Nick's story and takes place after Women of the Otherworld's THIRTEEN. I liked being in Nick's POV as he is a wonderfully beta werewolf and a real ladies man. By ladies man I mean sex seems to just happen to him which I find hilarious. The actual story,beyond Nick's life being a porno, is about Malcolm being an ever present threat as they try to catch him. While there were some fights and chasing there was a bit too much telling rather than showing and exposition. The romance between Nick and Vanessa was not that interesting and kind of bland. Malcolm continues to be absolutely terrifying which is why I didn't completely write of this story because just the sheer knowledge that he exists in this story is what kept the tension up.
This is half-demon Hope and werewolf Karl's story of how the met. It's a heist story in a museum and I thought it was pretty cute how they eventually worked together. I really enjoyed seeing into Hope's chaos visions and how the visions help her and Karl get out of and into certain situations.
This is necromancer Jamie's story with Jeremy coming by to support and help her during reality show taking place in a haunted house. I love her relationship with Jeremy as its very mature and playful. The story involves ghosts, weird sets, and a who-dun-it sort of mystery. This was one of my favorite stories as it was not only kind of creepy but charming and fun.
SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
This was a surprise to me as it is about vampires Cassandra and Zoe who were characters who never got a full story in the Women of the Otherworld series. They were always side characters or featured in other short stories so there was no real excitement or connection to them like any of the other characters in these stories. It was a nice way to get to know Cassandra a bit better but the story was not that interesting and very, very short.
This is Eve Levine's (the witch/ghost/angel/demon of the series) story. I loved seeing the after-life realm Eve exists in and how it functions. It's basically all about Eve being bored and how Kristoff find her something fun and a bit dangerous to do. I've always liked Eve as she is kind of a wild card in this series. The plot for this story was a nice little adventure with some fascinating creatures and turns.
THE PUPPY PLAN
This was a sweet, adorable story from the POV of Logan, one of Elena and Clay's twins. Logan is trying to get his sister a Christmas gift and get around his parents saying they can't have a puppy. I enjoyed seeing Elena and Clay from the perspective of being mom and dad. The story was fun and including a cute puppy is always going to make me like it even more.
This is Paige's story and ties up some loose ends in regards to how the cabal will function in the future and gives us a glance at what Savannah is doing. The plot is all about pregnancy and the different perspectives on it and babies. I did not enjoy the outcome of this one as it essentially involved Paige being forced into a situation she didn't particularly want or have a choice in. I felt like it was a violation of her agency and a happily ever after doesn't have to end in babies all the time.Series Titles:
- Men of the Otherworld
- Tales of the Otherworld
- Otherworld Nights
- Otherworld Secrets