“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. So go read Bitten and Stolen and Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic at least first, then come back and pick up this book. I enjoyed all the stories here, but I think my favorite was the last one, "The Case of El Chupacabra," but then Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne are my favorite Armstrong characters, and I always love it when they show up.”Lisa Maria C wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great collection of short stories that give revealing insight into many of the characters found in this series. They are well written and a delight to read.”Roxhill wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book collects several of Armstrong's shorter fiction featuring characters from her "Otherworld" series. There are eight stories in all, three novellas and give short stories. Most of the stories had been previously available to download off Armstrong's website but are collected here for the first time. Kelley Armstrong knows how to write a good book. It is an impelling and interesting to read. A great insight, and well worth your time to read.”Carol wrote this review Saturday, April 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“These were definitely worth reading, especially for "Beginnings", which was the story of how Elena and Clay met, up until he bit her, and for "Ghosts", which gives you some insight about Jeremy. I also enjoyed Eve and Kristof's history in "Bewitched" and the whole storyline for "The Case of El Chupacabra."”Tracyseb wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This collection of short stories gives us background on some of our favorite characters. The standout story is BEGINNINGS where we see Elena and Clay's relationship before he bit her. I liked that we had both points-of-view in this story and see Clay's reasoning behind biting Elena.
I also liked the story about Eve Levine teaching sorcerer Kristof Nast basic witch magic. Also enjoyed Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne investigating a murder. My rating: 4 Stars.”
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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 Savannah. Which means it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a book with Armstrong’s name on the cover.
And that is a pre-requisite if you are going to pick up Tales of the Otherworld, you have to be a fan of Armstrong’s other books, and to know her stories and characters well if you want to enjoy this book. That is a pity, because from my experience with her writing, these are wonderful looks into well-drawn out characters, filling in the bits and pieces her readers might have been curious about. Considering the theme of much of these stories is to give some sort of background to where her characters are in her full-length novels, slightly altered and geared towards getting new readers, this would have been a collection of memorable, new characters each one unique and well drawn out thanks to Armstrong’s talent and her love for the Otherworld she has created.
There are stories of the “birth” of the supernatural aspects of some of her characters, i.e. being made into a vampire, or the literal birth of a werewolf character, for example. There is a mix of male and female characters from her series of novels, including Paige, whose I adored the most because I am terribly biased in my love for her. In that tale, we see Paige, Lucas and Savannah in the run up to their wedding, being beset upon by friends, relatives, in this case, Benicio and Maria Cortez, Lucas’ divorced parents. The story is laugh-out-loud funny, with an exasperated Lucas trying to control his father, and with Paige’s help finally succeeding in doing so with something very simple and very effective for Benicio. This story filled out Paige and Lucas’ story from the novels I’ve read so well, giving much also about Lucas and his own family life. Despite the supernatural nature of the characters, this was a tale of a very human wedding, which made it all the better.
Kelley Armstrong has, in her Otherworld series, given readers a unique, wonderful and fabulously drawn out list of characters to enjoy and fall in love with. This is a great supplement to those novels, but in the end, knowledge of those books is a necessity to enjoy this gem.
7. Wedding Bell Hell
8. The Case of El Chupacabra”
“Armstrong remains one of my favorite paranormal writers. This is a collection of short stories featuring characters from her Otherworld series. Strong characters and plots - great to fill in while waiting for a new novel.”Linsey wrote this review Thursday, December 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a book with several short stories about the men and women of the otherworld. We learn about Elena and Clay, How Logan came to meet the pack, Paige and Lucas wedding, Eve and Kristof Nast's affair that produced Savannah, how Aaron became a vampire, and more.... a very good book if you love the series like I do!!”Nerissa H wrote this review Thursday, November 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first story is about Aaron's rebirth as a vampire, and how he met and was saved by Cassandra. It was a fun little vampire story, and nice to see Cassandra younger and still fiesty.
Next up is a sweet little story about how my favorite character, Eve Levine, met the love of her life and Savannah's father, Kristoff Nast.
Later comes the longest, and my favorite story of the book. Ever since reading Men of the Otherworld I've become a sucker for reading from Clay's point of view, so this story was a real treat. We are shown Clay's first encounter with Elena, his slow and awkward courtship of her, right up to Elena's fateful first visit to Stonehaven.
Next is a fun little fluff story about Lucas and Paige's wedding preparations. It was amusing seeing all the different book characters interact.
The final story involves Sean Nast and Lucas Cortez as they hunt what appears to be a chupacabre, which is causing trouble for the vampire community.
Overall a really great anthology of Otherworld Tales, full of great insight into all our favorite characters. ”