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If Ray Bradbury had written this story it would ve been devastating But it wasn t written by Bradbury I wish it had been the idea seems like one he would ve loved Sadly I just don t care for Armstrong s writing at allA little girl has always been told not to open the door At first this seems like the very normal sort of stricture that most parents place pon their young children But gradually we realize that this family is not in a normal situation and that there s a reason for the rule 5 out of the otherworld stars This anthology was just freaking fantastic I am a self confessed Kelley Armstrong fangirl and I gobble Manon, Ballerina up everything she writes so I was very excited to read this book That being said I m notsually a fan of short stories nless they re set in a world I already know and love and so I didn t have particularly high hopes for the standalone stories in this anthology although I knew i d love the Otherworld stories I am so glad to say that all my expectations were wrong dead wrong Every story in here was fantastic there honestly wasn t a single story I didn t love and that surprised the hell out of meThe Otherworld stories were as expected fantastic and a real treat for fans of the series I was very pleasantly surprised by the Cainsville stories I haven t read any of the books in this world yet and yet the short stories set in Cainsville were some of my favourites I ll definitely be giving that series a read soon You can read my rambley incoherent non spoilerish thoughts and star rating for each book below1 Rakshashi 5 stars I loved this story it was such a strong opening to the anthology and not what I expected at all I would very happily read a book set in this world please Kelley Armstrong it was very cool and totally hooked me in2 Kat 5 stars This was a fab little novella again it totally sucked me in and I wanted to know about Kat and her story A whole book or series on Kat would be awesome3 A Haunted House of Her Own 4 stars This story was very creepy and not what I expected at all A lot of the stories in this anthology were really ite dark and brought the creep factor but as this was one of the first it took me by surprise and I really enjoyed it The twist at the end of this was also fantastic I didn t see it coming4 Learning Curve 5 stars This was short and fun Zoe is very tenacious and I really enjoyed that about her 5 The Screams of Dragons 5 stars When I read this I thought it was by far the best story of the bunch T-Force up to that point and now that I ve finished the anthology this is still one of the top 3 This novella was my first introduction to Cainsville and it blew me away it was really just brilliant Bobby was a great if not particularly pleasant character the world was super odd and the ending was excellent 6 The Kitsunes Nine Tales 5 stars Yet again another 5 star read I know i m being boring and repetitive and it s only gonna get longer but honestly all of these stories are just so good Again I d happily read a fully book about this character More please7 Last Stand 4 stars I adored the twist in this story I wasn t sure i d like this one I assumed it was just another zombie story I was WRONG Assual Kelley Armstrong is a master storyteller She took a trope I hate and turned it on it s head 8 Bamboozled 5 stars This was very different set in the old west in the Otherworld Wilder Girls universe It features another turned female wolf just like Elena it was awesome9 Branded 5 stars This one wasite dark but it was awesome Again another story I could happily read a full book about10 The List 4 stars This was another Otherworld story it automatically gets points for that I really like the Zoe stories and this one was short and fun Name dropping Clay and Elena helped too11 Young Bloods 4 stars Another CFNM Model uick glimpse into the Otherworld Short and sweet12 The Door 5 stars Again I just wanted to read Why are some of these so short it s not fair13 Dead Flowers by the Roadside 4 stars This was creepy and sad I enjoyed it but it was too short to be particularly remarkable14 Suffer the Children 5 stars This one was creepy as all hell Assual it was very well written and I was totally engrossed I really liked the Preacher and his family the ending was excellent if a little sad15 The Collector 5 stars Again this was creepy It seems to be a theme through most of this book I don t sually enjoy scary stories but these are all awesome I loved
THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THIS ONE AND YET AGAIN main character in this one and yet again was another twist I didn t see coming16 Gabriel s Gargoyles 5 stars I enjoyed this just as much as the first Cainsville story it was excellent Even though I haven t read the main series yet I adore this world and the Cainsville stories are my favourites17 Harbringer 45 stars Creepy It the word of the day apparently but it s true to this story too Again I d happily and eagerly read a full book about these creepy dead girls18 V Plates 5 stars Another Otherworld story I adore Nick and I love reading about his escapades even if he s supposedly all grown p and responsible now 19 Life Sentence 5 stars Yet another Otherworld Story this one was simply awesome I really enjoy reading about the cabals They re the bog bad in the Otherworld and it s nice to see them get what was coming to them for once20 Plan B 5 stars This was different to what I expected but still excellent I love how so many of these stories have such a great twist21 The Hunt 5 stars Super short but very creepy I adore Cainsville it be crazy22 Dead to Me 5 stars Again a very short but cool and creepy story23 Devil May Care 5 stars One of the best stories in the book Im seriously dying to read the Cainsville books The Cainsville short stories in this book including this one were just brilliant This story was definitely a standoutIn case you missed all of my gushing this anthology was just amazing Despite the awful cover it really blew me away I d happy read a full length book about most of these stories Fans of Kelley Armstrong NEED to read thisThis book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Mostly very short stories ite a few of them without a lot of tension There are some good stories in between but allover not a terribly exciting offer Nice for fans of the author Be aware that most of these stories almost all have been published beforeRakshashi D Reviewed by Rabid
ReadsRAKSHASHI 45Given The Amount 45Given the amount Speculative Fiction that I read encountering a new to me supe is a rarity so it was a pleasure hanging with Armstrong s Rakshashi The lore was nicely fleshed out considering this short s length and Amrita was a very likable characterKAT 55I listened to the DARKEST POWERS trilogy a while back so KAT was a welcome trip down memory lane while also contributing something extra to the original series by highlighting a lesser known protagonist and adding another layer to the Edison Group experiment A HAUNTED HOUSE OF HER OWN 35Probably my least favourite story in this anthology It start out as a decent ghost tale but the ending fell a little flat for me and maybe I m missing something however slotting it with this author s best is a bit of a leap in my opinionLEARNING CURVE 45I saw a lot of Cassandra Ducharme in Zoe Takano and the former just so happens to be my top vampire when it comes to Kelley Armstrong secondaries so the similarities were pluses
and the bloodsuckerthe bloodsucker 101 lesson was cuteTHE SCREAMS OF DRAGONS 55A great series preuel very dark and nsettling I enjoyed picking out some of the characters from the full length books but would recommend reading this short after at least the first installment and The Seduction Expert (The Seduction Expert uite possibly the second as well THE KITSUNE S NINE TAILS 55This short was a lot of fun The Emperor is betrayed by his most loyal friend tells his jailer that his prisoner will try nine things on the road to the Forest of the Dead Everythingnfolds exactly as predicted down to the last with a twist of courseLAST STAND 455Told from the POV of the Infected a breed of paranormals previously seen in BRANDED I always love getting the baddies perspective and this author s Dystopian stories are excellent Be prepared to be disgusted and. Two brand new tales anchor this wide ranging collection from one of rban fantasy's most successful authors Here is the first time that best selling fantasy YA and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond With her signature twists and turns Armstrong gives a fresh spin on city dwelling vampires werewolves and zombies while also traveling further afield to a post apocalyptic fortress a superstitious village a supernatural brothel and even to feudal JapanWith tales that range from .
L authors Here is the first time that best selling fantasy YA and crime author Kelley Armstrong has had her stories collected from Otherworld and beyond With her signature twists and turns Armstrong gives a fresh spin on city dwelling vampires werewolves and zombies while also traveling further afield to a post apocalyptic fortress a superstitious village a supernatural brothel and even to feudal JapanWith tales that range from humorous to heart stopping these are the stories that showcase Kelley Armstrong at her versatile best Rakshashi standalone Kat Darkest Powers niverse non series narrator A Haunted House of Her Own standalone Learning Curve Otherworld Before Watchmen (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre, universe Zoe The Screams of Dragons Cainsvilleniverse non series narrator The Kitsune s Nine Tales Age of Legends Ownership and Possession universe non series narrator Last Stand standalone Bamboozled Otherworldniverse non series narrator Branded Otherworld The Harvest Murder universe non series narrator The List Otherworldniverse Zoe Young Bloods Otherworld Tim and Tobias (Tim and the Hidden People Book A1) universe non series narrator The Door standalone original to this collection Dead Flowers by a Roadside standalone Suffer the Children standalone The Collector standalone Gabriel s Gargoyles Cainsvilleniverse Gabriel Harbinger standalone V Plates Otherworld The Pool By the Whispering Trees (Tim and the Hidden People Book C1) universe Nick Life Sentence Otherworldniverse non series narrator Plan B standalone The Hunt Cainsville Magic in the North universe non series narrator Dead to Me standalone Devil May Care Cainsvilleniverse Patrick original to this collectionWhat I LikedI don t think I ve ever reviewed an anthology I ve certainly read a few but not reviewed one that I remember I don t read anthologies often the stories inside are too short for my taste and I never feel satisfied With this anthology I was really only interested in the Age of Legends story The Kitsune s Nine Tales While that one was probably my favorite of all of the short stories I enjoyed this anthology as a wholeThere are so many stories in this anthology and I won t bother summarizes each one or even commenting on each one We d be here all day I ll highlight some of my favorites The Kitsune s Nine Tales The Door and Devil May Care The Kitsune s Nine Tales is the only story I really wanted to read in this anthology when I first heard that this anthology would be a thing I ve read Armstrong s Darkest Powers series and the Age of Legends series I wasn t a huge fan of the Darkest Powers series but I LOVE the Age of Legends series The rest of Armstrong s books are Imagining Gay Paradise unfamiliar to me though I know how popular her books are as well as she herself The Kitsune s Nine Tales is the story of Alvar Kitsune and how he escaped death in the Forest This story is very short yet very dense There are short cameos from Gavril his son but call that this story takes place over ten years ago so Gavril is but a boy This story seems like it is going in one direction regardless of whether or not you ve read the Age of Legends books but Armstrong finds ways to surprise a reader This story was certainly interesting and a bit surprisingThe Door is the next story that I really liked It is an original short story not related to any of Armstrong s published novels It is the story of a young girl whose father brings her books and toys and when her sisters are born brings them books and toys The girl is not supposed to go near a certain door When her father dies and then her mother the girl opens the door She must make a decision if she wants to keep opening it or not This story sounds really simplistic with little conflict but the story itself is so intriguing What s beyond the door What didn t her parents want her to see What do their deaths have to do with the door This was a strange short story and I m not entirely sure Inderstand it but that is the beauty of short storiesThe last short story I want to highlight is Devil May Care This story is a background sort of story relating to the Cainsville series I ve not read this series This story is about how Gabriel s father and mother met how Gabriel came to be It is a strange story because the Patrick and Seanna do not know each other ntil one they meet Their interactions are very strange Gabriel is conceived but the parents do not want anything to do with each other Nevertheless I am very intrigued The world of Cainsville seems to be one of fae foretelling fulfillment This story was brilliant for several reasons but importantly so because I am hooked and want to read the Cainsville series nowOverall the
STORIES IN THIS ANTHOLOGY WERE ENGAGINGin this anthology were engaging interesting and definitely helpful if you ve read the full length novels of the series that the short story corresponds to And the short stories that stand alone are mesmerizing and strange definitely worth reading All of the stories are rather short which I for the most part enjoyedWhat I Did Not LikeI don t know if there was anything specific I didn t like It s possible that I might have enjoyed some short stories had I
Read The Full Length Novelsthe full length novels But that s my problem not the author s and it s not a negative towards the book Just a note in case you re in the same boat as meWould I Recommend ItIf you re a Kelley Armstrong fan or even if you ve only read one or two books by her check out this anthology I m not sually one for anthologies but this one was Love, and Other Things to Live For uite interesting and very easy to read as the stories were short and engaging Armstrong is a talentedrban fantasy writer that is proven over and overRating4 stars One of the few anthologies I ve read and I ve enjoyed it Might I recommend the Age of Legends series to everyone High fantasy YA simply amazing The short story in this anthology for that series is very eye opening Definitely check out some of Armstrong s books if you get the chance Kelley Armstrong is an author who always seems to deliver top notch rban fantasy and this collection of short stories and snippets is such an interesting mixture Because of the sheer amount here I won t review each and every one as that might make for an extremely lengthy review and truth be told that might be boring and also I already struggle to reign my enthusiasm in as it is What I really liked was the simple fact that although we get snippets from her Otherworld and Cainsville niv Review copyKelley Armstrong is a New York Times bestselling author Her first novel Bitten was turned into a TV series which just completed its second season on the SYFY channelIn Led Astray you ll discover stories with new characters from within and outside Armstrong s popular novels Here you will find two original tales from Cainsville plus journeys to and beyond the worlds of Darkest Powers Age of Legends Otherworld and To be perfectly honest prior to getting a copy of Led Astray through NetGalley I had never read than a couple of Kelley s stories which may have appeared in an anthology or two along the way Thanks to this collection I am definitely a fan and am looking forward to reading much of her workHere we have twenty one short stories and two that are novella length stories Most are tales that have appeared elsewhere but two are completely new to this collection including the novella Devil May Care which closes out the bookIn nearly every collection I ve ever read there are one or two stories that are just not as good as the others That is simply not the case for Led Astray Every piece was well imagined and richly entertaining Every last oneWith so many stories in the collection I d rather not list them all How about I give you a peek at three of my favoritesA Haunted House of Her Own Tanya and Nathan are looking to purchase a B B hopefully one that comes with ghost stories attached Be careful what you wish for Look for than one twist in this wonderful little ghost storyLast Stand Kelley s take on Zombies with one of the best explanations ever for the walking deadV Plates A totally fun story of what happens when a young werewolf visits a brothel in an attempt to lose his virginityI was actually disappointed when I got to the last of the 434 pages in this book Led Astray The Best of Kelley Armstrong is available now in both paperback and e book formats from Tachyon PublicationsStrongly recommende. Rse Zoe Young Bloods Otherworld niverse non series narrator The Door standalone original to this collection Dead Flowers by a Roadside standalone Suffer the Children standalone The Collector standalone Gabriel’s Gargoyles #31 Cainsville niverse Gabriel Harbinger standalone V Plates Otherworld niverse Nick Life Sentence Otherworld niverse non series narrator Plan B standalone The Hunt #41 Cainsville niverse non series narrator Dead to Me standalone Devil May Care #42 Cainsville niverse Patrick original to this collecti. ,