Review: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Friday, August 3, 2012
Series: Otherworld #13
Pages: 444
 Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group USA / Dutton 
Reviewed by: Amber  I.

 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.

This is such a bitter sweet moment for me. I have been in love with this series for years. I read Bitten way before I started blogging, and I can't believe its over. (yes I know she may write more at some point but for now its over so I am sad) But did she end it where I felt satisfied, well yes she did, even if I just really want more.

Thirteen was just amazing! We get to see so many of the characters we have to come to love and get a lot of closure with everyone. While Kelley certainly doesn't end it all nice and neat were we are guaranteed a happily ever after, she ends it with lots of possible adventures to come.

I don't want to give too much away, but I do need to say that Savannah finally got her man. Although I was a little sad when the two finally did get together and the lack of info we got, I was just happy they where together. But I could have used some details. lol

I can't believe its over. The Otherworld series is one of my all time favorite Urban Fantasy series. It'll be hard not looking forward to new adventures every year. I remember how scared I was when she switched narrators, and even though there have been a few I wasn't crazy in love with, I ended up loving some of the narrators that I never thought I would. But I must say Clay and Elena will always be my number 1.

If you can't tell from my review, Thirteen was awesome. This whole series is great and if you haven't read them yet, then you really need to!

*UPDATE: Its been almost a week since I read this and I am having a hard time moving on. Its been one of my slowest reading weeks this year. I am in mourning over losing this series.*

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  1. I know how you feel. I'm really sad we won't be getting yearly releases anymore too. I'm going to miss my annual trips to the otherworld. I'm glad we'll still be getting the short stories and novella's but it won't be the same.

    1. I feel the same way. I am going to miss it. But I am glad we are at least going to be getting some novellas.

  2. Aaww sorry to hear that this book pushed you into a reading slump. I liked Thirteen but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. I'm going to delay posting my review until I read it a second time for the WOTO challenge to see if I change my mind.

    Glad you finally got to finish it after forgetting it at home! Hehe :p

    1. Oh it was torture leaving it at home. Especially because I was so close to the end. I jumped on the book as soon as I got home even before unpacking. I was dreaming about it.

      I am sorry you didn't enjoy it as much. I don't think there was a way for her to end it that would have me totally happy.

  3. I really liked this and I'm glad that if the series has to end it ended with a satisfying sort of stop. I'd rather go back and reread my way through the Otherworld and be happy at the end rather than it keep going and get stale enough that I quit the series before the series stopped.

    Oh and I'm offsetting my mourning with a plan to reread the whole series together once school starts and the kids are out of my hair.

    1. I plan to reread them all in the future too. I wish I did this year before reading Thirteen. It would have been fun. and your right I would hate for her to keep the series going and it to get boring, like the Sookie Stackhouse books.

  4. aww, I also read Bitten way before I started blogging, I got to meet Kelley Armstrong at RomCon and had a total fan-girl moment :) I'm excited to read this one, I just got the audible version this week :) Book Savvy Babe

    1. I met her before too, like 3 years ago. I had a total fan girl moment too. I love her. Can't wait to see what you think of the book. I really need to jump on audible books. I want to try them out.

  5. Lucky 13 huh. I never read this series but I adored her YA books.

    1. you should really read her adult books! They are amazing.


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