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Chivalrous by Kelley Armstrong

The Women of the Otherworld series has introduced me again and again to the werewolves of the North American Pack and those who roam free across the country. And as much as I thoroughly enjoy this world, and these characters, it was especially enjoyable to meet a werewolf in Australia. Placing the story within a world that I am way more familiar with, and having a character who loves him family deeply just made me love this novella even more.

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Stalked by Kelley Armstrong

Nothing is simple with Clay and Elena – something that I’ve enjoyed about their relationship, and, luckily, their honeymoon is no different. Although this story takes place at a point in the series when they have had children, forgiven the past and finally decided to happily spend the rest of their lives together, there is still many moments of contention throughout the short story. Not just Clay and Elena’s natural tendency to be difficult and argumentative, but also through the presence of mutts.

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Twilight by Kelley Armstrong

Cassandra is an incredibly odd character in the Women of the Otherworld series – she isn’t really likeable, but she also isn’t horrible enough to truly dislike. It is her apathy and lack of regard for others that just seems so at odds with the rest of the characters, and makes her seem cold and withdrawn from the rest of the world. Which, in all honesty, she is. However, some of her gumption and reasoning behind this apathy for the rest of the world is explained in Twilight.

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Framed by Kelley Armstrong

I am automatically programmed to dislike trust-fund, playboy types. Even in many of the romances that some people find appealing, with their billionaire, hunky male leads, I find these characters cliché and detestable. Nick tends to fit this persona, yet, there was always something that didn’t make me truly hate him. Mostly due to his relationship to Elena, but it wasn’t until this short story that I began to actually like the happy-go-lucky playboy.

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The Case of El Chupacabra by Kelley Armstrong

There were many, many parts of this story that I loved. There was truly getting to know Kristoff’s eldest, and Savannah’s brother, Sean; discovering how Paige and Lucas obtain their own headquarters; and the discovery of a prejudice so deep and wrong (though aren’t they all) that it is almost impossible to stomach. But, mostly I just loved getting to know the character of Sean better. He is idealistic like Lucas, yet he continues to attempt to work within the system to promote a better morality within his own family.

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Bargain by Kelley Armstrong

One thing that never made sense throughout Broken was why Xavier wanted Jack the Ripper’s Letter from Hell. He never got the object in the end, and he wasn’t in the least bit bothered by this. Yes, it was to be obtained for a third party, but still, for a half-demon character such as him, I honestly expected more of a response. Bargain helps to explain this discrepancy. And just how the entire job (and resulting tale) came about.

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Vampire Weather by Garth Nix

This story might have only been 20 pages, but it is certainly a cute, slightly twisted story that I am going to think about for a long while. There is nothing like a short story that is going to stick with you to finish off the night. And, Vampire Weather is definitely one such story.

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Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands by Garth Nix

This short story was nothing like I expected. Although, from the title, I’m really not quite sure what I expected – something about going fishing and catching a ginormous fish I suppose? Well, other than the very conclusion, there was really nothing at all about fishing in the story. But, before you begin to feel disappointed about such a lack, the amazing writing and unique journey that Nix takes you on in The Strange Fishing in the Western Highlands is well worth the journey.

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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’ve read this novel twice now, and even on the second reading, I haven’t lost my pleasure or joy in following the Dashwood sisters in their journey to marriage. Although I am a strong believer in the idea that marriage isn’t everything (in this day and age), there is something thoroughly enjoyable about watching these two girls become women and attempt to find the man with whom they shall spend the rest of their lives. The contrast between the two under such similar circumstances only helps to promote this love as it is a great reminder of the contrast between myself and my sister.

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