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“A great book, so sad to see the series end. I wanted so much more with all the characters, but I think I would feel that way no matter how the last book ended. She did pretty much wrap up or update all of the characters from the series, but as she states in her final note, a lifetime full of...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I hate to give such a low review, because I really and truly loved the beginning of the series, but the last half became sort of meh and ended up with this horribly rushed attempt to tie up all the plot threads. Bitten through about Broken were the peak period of the series, and after that was...”see full review » see other reviews »
“A great book, so sad to see the series end. I wanted so much more with all the characters, but I think I would feel that way no matter how the last book ended. She did pretty much wrap up or update all of the characters from the series, but as she states in her final note, a lifetime full of adventures, her happily ever after for them. I can live with that notion. I will miss this series, I really loved it. ”Tracyseb wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong because of the series this book is a part of--Women of the Otherworld. As the flyleaf put it, a world of "witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons." And Angels. And thank goodness, the vampires aren't often seen, but are bit players. A relief given how they're usually all over urban fantasy. If anything, the werewolves are at the heart of the series--Armstrong began with them in Bitten. I started though a couple of books in with Dime Store Magic and Paige and Lucas, the characters featured there remained my favorites. In fact, it took a long time for me to warm up to Clay and the other weres.
This book is the "final installment," the climax, and though primarily from the first person point of view of the witch Savannah Levine, it includes all the characters that had their say in previous books in the series and gives each of them a turn at a point of view: Elena the werewolf, Paige the witch, Eve the angel, Hope the half-demon and Jaime the necromancer. And it tied up a lot of loose threads neatly. It's a nice sendoff and I doubt will disappoint fans of the series. Definitely no standalone, nor do I think it's the best of the installments. I've rated some books in the series as high as five stars. Not because I think anyone will mistake this for literary fiction--but because I just loved the characters, or even was moved to tears at some point. Over the years of reading these characters, they've come to feel like friends. I guess I'd put this in the category of great comfort reads--not in any way challenging--very light reading--but a world and characters I loved to spend time with. And in a note in the back, Armstrong says that although this is where she planned to end this arc, she doesn't rule out more novels with this world and these characters in the future. And I'd certainly be happy to see more of them.”
“A good conclusion to the series.”Cori Corrente wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*Copy received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review
I loved, loved, LOVED this book! As an Otherworld fan and groupie, it is my personal opinion that Kelley could not have ended the series any better...
All the leading characters that we've fallen in love with throughout the series were there, the action was insane, the revelations incredible, the 'closure' on some issues exactly what I would have wished for, and yet she left little tendrils to give us a few extra stories that she stated in the 'Note From the Author' would come in a few anthologies staring in 2014.
In short, it was a fabulous conclusion novel and I would highly recommend it and the entire WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD/OTHERWORLD STORIES series. If you're looking for a high-octane thrill-ride, then Thirteen is for you. And if you like your Urban Fantasy with lots of diversity, then most definitely check out THE WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD and the OTHERWORLD STORIES!
I am desperately going to miss this series, but am definitely looking forward to Kelley's tie up novellas next year!
“What a perfect ending to the series!!!”Stephanie Smith wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kelley Armstrong ties up her series; she promises to write more, maybe a short stories.”Jay Brian Schoonmaker wrote this review Thursday, June 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this was much better than the previous book. I hate to see this series end. I've really enjoyed it.”Linda T wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kelley Armstrong style of a riveting story full of fantasy, sci-fi and action. Not one of the best in throughout her series, but it kept me engaged.”K.A. Miller wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Started off really exciting after the last one just stopped fairly abruptly. Then chugs along in fits and starts. I think she felt obliged to try and give some of the other characters the odd chapter here and there, and this edition was bookended with an Elena tale. My main gripe was that bits were suddenly rushed into the story by a convenient phonecall or cabal report.
I never seem to like "final" books in series...maybe because I don't want them to end!! Maybe thats why I am nitpicking this. A good end, but far from solid. ”
“I hate to give such a low review, because I really and truly loved the beginning of the series, but the last half became sort of meh and ended up with this horribly rushed attempt to tie up all the plot threads. Bitten through about Broken were the peak period of the series, and after that was about when you could feel the beginnings of the whole supernatural world apocalypse beginning and it sort of lost what made it interesting to begin with.
First of all, Savannah fails as a protagonist in so many ways, and I have a hard time pinpointing exactly why that is. Part of it is she's following up on the heels of two other female witch characters, Paige and her own mother Eve who frankly were better developed and had far more interesting story arcs and more distinct personalities. Savannah also bears the misfortune of being the over hyped, over special character who essentially has grown up with the series- though 'grown up' is a far too kind way to put it. Really it feels as if barely any time has passed for her to go from her early teens to her twenties, and it's hard reconciling the protected little girl with the woman she's supposed to be. And then there's simply the misfortune of being a character I really don't feel had enough to be more than a secondary/background character.
Then there's the plot. So freaking much plot, there's not enough time to breathe and examine things and absorb them. Savannah and Adam jump from one disaster to another, and it's annoying after being used to the slower pace and build up of the previous novels. And with this rapid pace, there's not a lot that makes sense. I'm still scratching my head over the guy who summoned Eve to the human dimension- frankly I think this was merely a plot device so Eve and Savannah could have some bonding time which was just disappointing. I thought taking the route of binding Eve would have been better myself as it would have been interesting to see Savannah work around that. I also would advise against taking the summery of a war between angels and demons as literal because really as awesome as that sounded. . . it didn't exactly work that way. Certainly there's a plot by demons to stir things into chaos, but that seems to fall secondary to a lot of the other events and I don't know. It just wasn't as cleanly written and plotted as her other books have been.
The cameo character chapters were not satisfying in the least. They could have been any character- not enough personality or depth to them to make them feel like true insights into their minds. Jaime doesn’t get much of one herself, I can barely recall Elena, Eve, or Hope’s chapters. Paige’s stood out a bit with her motherly feelings but other than that they were pretty much faded into the background. It was almost as if Kelley felt obligated to do something with each character because it was the end of the series, but just kind of rushed through it to get to the huge gobs of plot she still had to get through.
And a big shocker with Malcolm- this was actually one thing that really surprised me, and I was quite intrigued by it, but it didn't get the chance to go anywhere. This is kind of dropped and we're just assuming it will never come out to bother anyone again. And the supernatural children plot is also kind of left to hang, after building up these unique ones like Savannah, Kate and Logan, Hope's baby, and the clairvoyant child, it's never really put to any use. And on the subject of Hope and her baby. . . the Lucifer plot was disappointing. Not well enough developed, though I liked the concept there.
The ending story was all right, though I’m admittedly somewhat disappointed that Elena’s the Alpha now. I don’t have anything against her stepping into that role of power, but I can’t see Elena being a backseat general sending troupes out to do battle- while she does tend to be the thinker in her and Clay’s relationship, she’s still very heavy on acting and doing things, not letting others do it for her. The Alpha role is not going to allow her the freedom she’s been accustomed to, and that does bother me. Though if there’s not going to be any more books, I suppose it doesn’t matter.
Really, there's probably about four books worth of plot here stuffed into one, and it's just too much, too messy, and unsatisfying end to the series. Not to mention that Adam and Savannah’s getting together is just kind of squashed in, happening in a random hotel room love fest before heading out for more battle. I mean, really? I guess this means I have to have hope now for her YA spin off series.”