Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld, #13)

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong delivers the novel her fans have been clamoring for:Thirteen, the epic finale of the Otherworld series.
It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans

It makes me so sad to be sitting here typing this review because it means that this series has come to a close. I couldn't be more upset to see a series go than this one. About 4 years ago I stumbled across the companion series to this one and then accordingly this Women of the Otherworld tales. Something about this series changed everything for me. It got me back into reading again and I couldn't be happier, in fact I wouldn't be sitting here on Goodreads and Blogger without these books. Without Elena Michaels and the werewolf pack of North America back in Bitten and Savannah Levine, witch progeny extraordinaire, I wouldn't be part of a community in which I consider a lot of you friends. I wouldn't have my book blog and have been in communication with so many of the wonderful authors that I have gotten to know over these past years, and I wouldn't in succession have picked up all the wonderful books I have read. My point is, without this series a lot of things in my life would be different.

As a reader, I understand when people talk about books being an escape for everything else in the world and I couldn't agree more. I am a bookworm. I am proud of that fact. I have no shame telling people that I'd rather curl up with a great book over doing something else. It is what I am, and that theme is definitely reflected in both Thirteen and the rest of the series. Whether they were witches and warlocks or vampires and werewolves, half-demons or shaman or druids, each character in this series brought something completely different to the pages and it made each book soar to new heights every time a new one was published and Thirteen did not disappoint. Even thought this book is told mostly in Savannah's POV, we closed a lot of doors on story lines that have been running the length of the series and I couldn't be happier with most of them. I do still think that there about 600 more questions that I could ask but for an ending, I have to say, I was comfortable with it. I felt like all these characters that I've grown to love got their Happily Ever After in one way or another. Not everything ended perfectly....but life never does.

I've read every novel, novella and short story from The Otherworld. I've read them probably 4 times over....each. I will never be happy with it going away but I understand why it was time to shelf it for now. To Kelley Armstrong, who I am sure will never see this, I just wanted to thank for letting everyone read the stories running around in your head. I loved them and they will always be a part of my life no matter what I go on to read or what changes in it. Without an author willing to put these stories down on paper, we wouldn't have all these books that move us to tears, compel us to hit something or even move us behind the ability to speak. This was one of those series for me and I am really heartbroken to see it end.- My Opinion- Buy and Read WHOLE SERIES!

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