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Monday, August 27, 2012

Review: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #13)


War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.

Savannah Levine - fiery and unpredictable - stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.

On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival - Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more...They are fighting for lives.

They are fighting for their loved ones.

They are fighting for the Otherworld. ~ Goodreads

Review:
The thirteenth and final installment of the Otherworld series does not disappoint. Thirteen is non stop, high stakes action that brings many of the residents of the Otherworld back together for one last time. A few very unexpected characters too!

Told primarily from Savannah's first person POV, Armstrong also weaves in alternating third person POV's from several of the women from the Otherworld series and it flows smoothly. Mainly because the focus is still on our narrator, Savannah. She has been with us since the beginning and she finally comes full circle with her maturity and powers in this book. Even though she was raised by Paige and Lucas, she has formed relationships with all of the other characters over the years. They have all had a hand in shaping who Savannah is today so it makes sense when they all interact with her. It's also nice to catch glimpses of our favorite couples and characters knowing that this is the end.

One character I was pleased to see more of was Cassandra. I love her friendship with Savannah. I've always had a soft spot for her and since she never got her own book it's nice to get a little deeper into her story.

*MINOR SPOILER* (concerning the Savannah/Adam relationship)
One flaw for me was that I felt short changed in the romance department. I'm fine without the graphic sex scenes, although if I recall all of the other couples had far sexier books, however after waiting this long for Savannah and Adam to get together I wanted a little more than a fade to black. Again, I didn't need to know what body part was going where but I feel like I missed out on the intimacy of the transition from friends to lovers. Sadly, it felt more like a hook-up. We know how long Savannah has loved Adam but it would have been nice to hear his thoughts. It just felt off. They were sleeping together platonically just a few weeks ago and now they can't keep their hands off each other. Armstrong did take her time building up the relationship over three books but meh….I still feel cheated lol I'm hoping for a novella for them in the future to fill the gap.
*END SPOILER*

Other than that small complaint I would highly recommend this satisfying conclusion to one of my all time favorite paranormal series. Bitten was in fact my first werewolf story and one of the first paranormal I read so the addition of the bonus Elena POV short story; From Russia With Love was a nice bonus for long time fans.

Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Incredible series with a satisfying conclusion. Kelley Armstrong managed to stay at the top her game for thirteen books (& many novellas). An amazing feat for any author.

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Source: Dutton (Penguin Group) for my honest review
Buy the book! Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld)

GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the ending of this amazing series I'm giving away two very special limited edition novellas to one lucky winner. International entries welcome.


angelic   Counterfeit-Magic

#1 - Angelic: a Eve POV Novella - Trade Hardcover clothbound, limited edition.  http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/angelic/
#2 - Counterfeit Magic: a Paige POV novella. Limited edition leather-bound numbered & signed http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/counterfeit-magic/

Please enter using the Google form below

This giveaway has ended. Winners announced in the comments.

22 comments:

  1. So agree with you about those scenes missing :( The other books had hotter times than this one

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    1. Yeah - I was bummed but I was still happy with the conclusion and there are supposed to upcoming Otherworld novellas so maybe they get some sexy time then lol

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  2. I do not know since I most of all only want Elena and CLay

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    1. They're still my favorite too :-)

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  3. No Humans Involved! This is my favorite series ever!!!

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    1. I know how much you love this series! I'm still working my way through the graphic novels.

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    2. I actually wasn't bummed about the lack of sex scene. I'm not really a Savannah/Adam fan. I've known they were coming for a while now. But even then, it still seemed out of nowhere. It just didn't seem natural. They didn't have the same kind of build up as Jaime and Jeremy. It's not that I dislike them together, I just don't really care about that one way or another. But as characters I like them both. : )

      I feel like I need to re-read this now.

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  4. I thought Thirteen was a great finale. Loved the bonus Elena story, too.

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  5. I haven't read the books in a while, I didn't finish the series, (all but the last couple.) I was meaning to do a massive re-read now that the end is here. It is sad, I really did enjoy this world so much. Clay and Elena are some of my favs, I really enjoyed Angelic.

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  6. Clay and Elena are my favorites.

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  7. Very nice review. Bitten

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  8. I have not read any Kelley Armstrong yet I'm ashamed to say. I must & soon it seems.

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  9. Great, honest review. I haven't read any books by this author, but she is definitely on my to-read list! It's good to know the whole series had a consistent quality. Thanks for sharing!

    Steph @ SteppingOutOfThePage.co.uk

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  10. I'm a huge fan so thanks for this contest!

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  11. Bitten and 13 are my favourite!

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  12. I actually haven't read that series and have only read THE GATHERING by Kelley Armstrong (and working on THE CALLING!). Nevertheless, I love her work and would LOVE to win!! Really exciting! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Zara Alexis @ The Bibliotaphe's Closet

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  13. Elena and Clay still my favorite! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  14. Clay and Elena of course! So my favorite books are the ones where they are featured. I love all of them.

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  15. I can't believe it's the end of an era and Kelley Armstrong's series came to an end :-(

    My favourite books so far are Bitten and Becoming, and my least favourite character is Savannah (though I only read until Book 6 or 7), but I find her irritating. grr

    Thanks so much for the giveaway Karen! :-)

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  16. The truth is I haven't read Otherworld series yet, even I hadn't noticed that there are 13 books in this series.
    It sound really good, I have to start it.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Artemis

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  17. I've read all of Kelley's YA books, & I'm going to start reading this series. I've got friends who love this series, so I'm excited. : D

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