Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Book Review: 13 by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #13)

War is coming to the Otherworld. A sinister cult known as The Supernatural Liberation Movement is hell-bent on exposing the truth about supernaturals to the rest of the world. Their violent, ruthless plan has put everyone at risk: from werewolves to vampires, from witches to half-demons.

Savannah Levine - fiery and unpredictable - stands at the heart of the maelstrom. There is a new, dark magic inside her, granting her the power to summon spells of terrifying strength. But whether this magic is a gift or a curse, no one knows.

On the eve of battle, all the major players must come together in a last, desperate fight for survival - Elena and Clay; Adam and Savannah; Paige and Lucas; Jeremy and Jaime; Hope, Eve and more... They are fighting for their lives. They are fighting for their loved ones.

They are fighting for the Otherworld.

My Review:

This review contains big plot spoilers. Be warned!

There were several series finale's that lived up to expectations and left me feeling satisfied with the way things finished. Sadly this was not one of them. To be honest, I felt cheated and deflated that the last Otherworld novel turned out to be one of the poorest. Only Dime Store Magic and Living with the Dead were worse.

There were a few bits that I liked so I'll mention this first. The kidnap of Hope was exciting and heartbreaking, and Karl proves himself to be a hero. Loved that. I liked the action scenes in the police station which leads to Eve's return. The changing relationship between Bryce and Savannah was good as was the return of Malcolm. Cassandra and Aaron were great. Cassandra was always vastly under-used in the series and I wish she had her own book instead of Robyn. So a few good scenes but overall I did not like most of the book.

OK lets start with the way the characters are portrayed. I get that Jeremy is about to stand down as pack leader but his decisions in this book do not fit with the Jeremy that I love! After the bomb, Savannah is being hunted by the bad guys so he sends her and his girlfriend Jaime, who lacks ability to protect herself, to search for clothes they can all change into. Two seconds later a cop working for the bad guys arrests them and prepares to hand them over to be experimented on. This teaches Jeremy nothing because as soon as they are safe from this, Jaime is left with one guard nearby in a flimsy motel close to the police station by Eve and Savannah who go for coffee, and is nearly killed. Yeah leave the Alpha's mate out there all alone.

Adam and Savannah. There are more sparks from Adam's fingers than his entire relationship with Savannah. There is no chemistry, just this testing the waters crap. Oh lets have sex in a grotty hotel room to prove this is an adult relationship! It doesn't feel real like the werewolves relationships. Karl's love for Hope shines through in everything he does and feels like a proper relationship. Even Jaz and Hope have more emotion than our beloved couple. We also have the cozy mother daughter chats while poor Jaime is trying to save herself. I wanted to see what Jaime was doing, not listen to boring chat about Savannah and her many issues. It slowed everything down.

The Cabal crap in this book was so frustrating and slow. We have to be reminded yet again that the Nasts don't believe that Savannah is part of the family. So they capture her during a raid and we have the longwinded attempted escape which is foiled, the even more boring trial with Kristof coming to testify for what THAT was worth and then yet another escape. This book was obsessed with Savannah's history which we all know, and having it all rehashed again instead of some action was just rubbish. We get more betrayals in the never ending Nast v Cortez drama that never seems to go anywhere. Both sides wanted to use the trial to put the other out of business and it is just the same old stuff all over again.

Spellbound set us up to think that there was going to be a huge big war with all of our favourite characters fighting together side by side in a big exciting explosive finale! Er, no. We have most of the gang hanging around outside a big locked down building with only Savannah and Adam going in to save the day with Hope's life on the line. Hurrah. By the time the werewolves can get involved the half assed fight is over. All that build up over the last couple of books ends with a wet squib of a 'war' with a bit of running around in a building and a field.

Well that was a thrilling end to 13 books. The series started with Elena trying to escape who she is and I've always felt it should have ended with her narrating the last book as she comes full circle to be pack leader. That would have been better than what we actually got here. Gutted.

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  1. i had a feeling with your feelings on the last two books that this wasn't going to be a good ending for you. Sorry to hear that.

    1. Yeah it's a bummer after a whole series not to enjoy the ending!

  2. I did enjoy this book, but I do agree with you that it wasn't the best book in the series. I think the multiple characters thing does work for the series, but personally I would be happy with more Elena books. She's my favourite main character of the series. The whole war was too much built up and was solved a bit too easy, although I did think it was fitting Savannah saved the day as this is her book after all.

    1. Yeah Elena was my favourite as well. It was the Pack that got me reading the series so I wanted the Pack to end things. Ah well we can't have everything I s'pose!