Saturday, September 21

Book Review: Men of the Otherworld

Title: Men of the Otherworld

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 346

Summary: Bestselling author Kelley Armstrong has long captivated readers with her trademark portrayal of strong, unusually gifted women who populate her Otherworld series. Now for the first time in this collection of four tales, she gives centre stage to the men who love these sexy, supernatural women - the men who love of the other side of humanity . . . the wild side. From the nature of fear, weakness, and courage, to the triumph of belonging and the complications of love and loyalty, these mesmerizing tales reveal the trials of a werewolf coming of age and lay bare the hearts and minds of the men who are strong enough for the Women of the Otherworld.

My Rating: 8.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I loved this interconnected story, which is connected to the Women of the Otherworld. Although it only focuses on the Werewolf pack and even then, Clay and Jeremy get most of the spotlight, it was a very enjoyable read.

Watching Clay grow up, learning his experiences and how he developed was very interesting and well done. And it helped me appreciate him as a character more, especially knowing what he's like in the series. Clay has always been one of those questionable characters for me, but this helps a lot with his development as a character and made me like him even more. There were some moments in his childhood, that he remembers and tells the reader that made me laugh out loud, the kindergarten classroom pet was one of them. There is one nitpick I have with Clay, and it has to do with his accent. It is really nitpicking there, but I do question it now, I would like to go into further details, but I don't want to spoil anything. Jeremy also had a few, chapters in the story, and we saw him develop as a character, yet he still is a bit of a mystery. I did find the last story, which focused on him to be the weakest of the collection, it felt off. But, learning more about him, his beginnings and the how and why behind him, even if it was through Clay's eyes, was interesting, and again, helps build him as a character.

Overall, I found this one to be an amusing read, which complements the series nicely.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. If you're a fan of the series, this is a must read. It was funny and the background on Clay helped bring him out as a more fleshed out character to what we've seen in the series. I do recommend reading at least the first 10 books of the series before this one. While it doesn't out right give major spoilers, there are a few things, that are brushed on later in the collection.

What to read next: If you haven't read the Women of the Otherworld series than that's a good place to start. There's also the second collection of short stories, Tales From the Otherworld.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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