Review: Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong (@KelleyArmstrong, @RandomHouseCA)

Posted October 13, 2016 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 8 Comments

Review: Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong (@KelleyArmstrong, @RandomHouseCA)
Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Otherworld Stories #5
Published by Random House
Published on: October 4, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 466
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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.

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OTHERWORLD CHILLS is a compilation of exiting shorts rather than, as the blurb suggests, brand-new ones. I’d already read five out of the seven in this collection, and the sixth can be found in another multi-author anthology, so really there was only one original story which was a bummer considering this is the final volume. I’m sticking with my initial ratings because I <3 Kelley Armstrong, but in all honesty this title was a bit of a waste.

BRAZEN – 5/5
Nick is my favourite secondary character in the WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD universe, and BRAZEN has all of the fixings of a full-length novel, so you really can’t go wrong with this 200+ page short. There’s lots of interactions with Noah, Morgan, and Reese—the latest additions to the Pack—Malcolm Danvers is up to his old tricks, and Vanessa may just be the woman that nabs Sorrentino for good. ~My Original Review.

This tale is about how Hope and Karl met; they are an interesting pairing because they are both anti-heroes to a certain extent with one being part chaos demon, and the other a werewolf jewel thief. Adams catches Marsten in the act, anarchy ensues, sparks fly, and all of this leads to the beginnings of their romantic relationship. Very action-packed, and I love Karl!

I spent a large chunk of this novella thinking “this story is only a shorter version of NO HUMANS INVOLVED just with different ghosts.” And, I stayed on that thought train up until the final pages when Armstrong reveals that no—in fact, this story is not at all what it seems. The plot is delightfully creepy, and incorporates a decent amount of this series’ mythology. ~My Original Review

I had a major case of déjà vu while reading this one; perhaps it was previously available for free on the author’s website, but I can’t say for sure. Anyway, Cassandra DuCharme is passing the torch to Zoe Takano, Brittany, the ex vampire slayer also makes an appearance, and there’s a slight immortality questers thread too. All in all, I didn’t enjoy it overly much.

Eve and Kristof are an unusual couple in that they are more evil than good. Told from Levine’s POV, and it packs quite the paranormal punch with angels, Fates, Furies, shamans, demons, and by spanning multiple afterlife dimensions. They say boredom is the devil’s playground, and that’s doubly true where Eve is concerned. Kristof tries his best to keep her entertained with a wild goose chase, and poor Trsiel gets dragged along for the ride. ~My Original Review

I’ve been dying to read a novella from the twins’ POV, so it was a real treat getting to spend some time inside Logan’s head. This short is overflowing with cuteness, and I loved how being a parent hasn’t changed Clay in the least, he tries to be responsible, but even his own kids aren’t fooled. Armstrong still managed to weave a mutt problem into this tale while also delivering a magical Christmas moment. ~My Original Review

BABY BOOM – 4.5/5
This was the ONLY unique title in this whole collection, so I don’t want to give too much away however, it featured Savannah/Adam, and Paige/Lucas. We finally learn who’s going to succeed Benicio as his heir, the board members of the Cortez Cabal try to stir the pot a little, and ultimately the story did fulfill some of the promises made in this book’s synopsis.

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8 responses to “Review: Otherworld Chills by Kelley Armstrong (@KelleyArmstrong, @RandomHouseCA)

  1. chucklesthescot

    I’m a bit disappointed that there is only one new story and that I’ve read the rest. Ah well, should be able to get this read and reviewed by tomorrow! I’m sad that this is the end of the anthologies and that there will be no more Pack! *sniffs*