Guest Reviewer: Amber Garr

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Amber Garr is the author of our Indie Book of the Month, Promises. Promises is about a young Syrenka, Eviana, who has been cast out of her clan and has run off with the love of her life. Unfortunately for Eviana, things do not go as smoothly as she might have hoped, and she has to face many challenges, and many old faces along the way. Make sure you visit Amber Garr’s website and take a look at the rest of her books!

 

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Reviewed by Amber Garr

 

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. 

 

I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong and wish I could be more like her (but not in a stalkery kind of way – well, not totally. Ha!) I have read everything she’s released and will continue to do so. What I wouldn’t give to have a few minutes to pick her brain…

 

Anyway…the Otherworld series has been an inspiration for my writing and I’ve loved the characters throughout the books. Thirteen is told in mostly in Savanah’s POV, and although I was hoping for more from Elena (I think I read Bitten like five times), I felt satisfied with this story. Thirteen is packed full of action, sexual tension, and tearful reunions. The Savanah/Adam storyline finally developed, although a little too YA for me, especially in comparison with the Elena/Clay relationship. Eve is great and gets a chance to do something I would have thought impossible. But it fit nicely with the plot and allowed the mother and daughter to spend some much needed time together. The group is faced with a lot of challenges in this installment and my heart almost stopped when it looked bleak for one of my favorites. That just goes to show how capable Kelley Armstrong is in creating relatable, loveable, and endearing characters.

 

And speaking of…it was nice seeing most of the main characters return. However, I will say that the series doesn’t feel totally complete to me. Good or bad, there are loose ends that give way for follow up short stories (which I understand is the plan). Jeremy and Jaime have more to tell, as does Cassandra. I would really love to see a Cassandra book! But in short, this is another great read by Kelley Armstrong. I am sad to see this series end, and thought there was enough closure to keep me satisfied (for now). I will be looking forward to the anthologies in 2014!!

 

Note from Nichole: I’ve never made a comment on someone’s guest post before, but I want to thank Amber Garr so much for reviewing Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong. This is my favorite series of all time…which means a lot coming from me. I was so sad to see the story end, and I did NOT know that there were anthologies coming in 2014?! You can bet I’m excited and about to go do a TON of research on that! Thank you so much for reviewing Thirteen!

 

Pages: 444

Publisher: Penguin Group USA/ Dutton

Publication Date: July 24th, 2012

Rating: [rating: 5]