Early Review: The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong

, by Kt Clapsadl

The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong
Otherworld Series E-Special 

It’s not a good sign when Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers resort to everyday activities on their long-awaited honeymoon in St. Louis. But their encroaching boredom is about to take a back seat to an unexpected threat that catches Clay’s attention. A non-pack werewolf is clearly stalking them—out to claim Elena for himself—and Clay has no intention of letting the upstart mutt spoil their romantic getaway, even if that means deceiving Elena as he pursues the rival werewolf on his own. Originally part of an anthology of supernatural romance stories, STALKED is the perfect introduction to Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and an action-packed interlude for fans to revisit some of their favorite characters.

In OFF-DUTY ANGEL, dark witch and half-demon Eve Levine is desperate for a little entertainment while her lover Kristof Nash is detained in afterlife court—enough to volunteer an extra week’s worth of angel corps duty just to pass the time. Luckily something even better comes up: a real celestial bounty-hunter mission to trail a shaman, someone who might prove to be a useful lead in Kristof’s court case. Following the target goes smoothly, until he leads Eve to The British Museum, where she inadvertently steps into a secret dimensional passage and stumbles upon a far more enticing puzzle…and a much greater danger. Packed with suspense and surprising twists, OFF-DUTY ANGEL reveals fascinating new insights into a beloved series character.

Includes an exclusive early look at THIRTEEN, the epic finale to the Otherworld series, coming July 24, 2012.

I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series. I'm really sad that it's almost over, so I was incredibly excited when I saw this e-special was going to be available. Not only are there two short stories included, but there also is a large chunk of the opening chapters of Thirteen.

I had previously read Stalked a long time ago, but it was more than worth reading a second time. Clay and Elena are my top favorite characters in the otherworld series, so I absolutely love any books/stories that center around them. Stalked was an especially good treat as it was told from Clay's perspective rather than Elena's. I really love the dynamic between the two of them, and it was nice to see some happiness after the very long and rough road they have had together.

Coming in at a close second for favorite characters, I'm always happy to read anything from Eve's perspective. She's a very complex character that has a very strong set of morals, but doesn't have a problem getting her hands dirty to get the job done. She's always got to keep herself busy or she quickly gets bored and into trouble, which is exactly what happens in Off-Duty Angel. It was quite entertaining to see her more mischievous side come out to play.

Finally, the excerpt of Thirteen. It starts off with a prologue featuring Eve, and then transitions into Savannah's perspective. The action starts right away, and man is it intense. If the whole book follows that pace, then Thirteen promises to be one heck of a roller coaster ride.

So, I have to say that this e-special is more than worth the purchase, and is a must read for fans of the series!

(Received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley)

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Other Reviews:
Previous Full Length Books:
  1. Bitten
  2. Stolen
  3. Dime Store Magic
  4. Industrial Magic
  5. Haunted
  6. Broken
  7. No Humans Involved
  8. Personal Demon
  9. Living with the Dead
  10. Frostbitten
  11. Waking the Witch
  12. Spell Bound
Previous Short Story Collections/Novellas:
  1.  Men of the Otherwold
  2. Tales of the Otherworld
  3. Becoming
  4. Angelic
  5. Counterfeit Magic
  6. Hidden
  7. Plus many many more short stories on the author's website, and other anthologies
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