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Expectations by Kelley Armstrong

expectationsTitle: Expectations
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #0.11
In: Tales of the Otherworld (Kelley Armstrong)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasyParanormal fantasy, Strong women
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Orbit
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: I hid my jacket, helmet, and boots, and changed into flat shoes, then walked to the nearby strip mall, from which I purchased an oversized floral arrangement and affixed a large card with Congrats! scrawled across the front.

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It is impossible to imagine Lucas Cortez going up against Eve Levine when it is first mentioned in Dime Store Magic. He is such a sweet, geeky boy with a sense of justice. Eve on the other hand is tough, independent and not scared to make some tough choices when it comes to her own protection. The fact that Savannah is now an aspect of her life… she is an incredibly terrifying adversary for an untried young sorcerer.

Although this short story is primarily about Lucas and Eve’s first (and only) meeting, it was more so an insight into the drivers of Lucas’ removal from the Cortez Cabal. His motivations and drive to find justice lead to a constant war in his head – one which his father’s voice tends to intrude upon often. Even his act of breaking and entering was instigated by a wish to protect Eve from the rest of the Cabal – although even he has a moment of temptation throughout this episode.

Eve’s willingness to harm Lucas, yet, not kill him is yet another reminder that although she has an incredibly dark and terrifying reputation, she does have a moral system. Yes, it is amoral in some ways, but it still is a reminder that no character within the Women of the Otherworld universe is either good or bad.

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