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NetGalley Review: Led Astray: The Best of Kelley Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong

Tachyon Publications  Published Sept. 15, 2015 384 Pages
Tachyon Publications
Published Sept. 15, 2015
384 Pages

Best-selling author Kelley Armstrong put together a collection of short stories ranging from zombies to vampires from Japan to post-apocalyptic world. 

I have a love hate relationship with short stories. It isn’t something I hide at all. But I like Kelley Armstrong so I decided to read this book. . .  and it wasn’t that bad.

I enjoyed a majority of the stories but after a while everything started to read the same so I had to put it down and pick it up. Alot of the stories are connected to the Otherworld series, so that is a big reason but even then I felt a bit of disconnect because they all were saying the same thing but with different character names. However, if you are a fan of the Otherworld series, then you will completely love this collections.

I really enjoyed the stand-alones such as A Haunted House of Her Own, Last Stand and The Door. It made me fall for Armstrong and her talent for the supernatural and others.

I don’t have a huge issue with this collection. I feel that it wasn’t versatile enough to display her talent. Again, this were reading the same too much for me. I feel that this should have been a collection of stand-alones instead of trying to appeal to readers of certain already published series.  Do I think these were the best? Not at all. It wasn’t an issue of talent but more an issue of subject matter.

I am glad I read it and no I am not being bias because I like the author. Good author or not it is hard for me to enjoy short stories.

Overall, I would completely recommend this to her fans but also for those that want to get to know her a bit.

3 Pickles

Book Review: Shards & Ashes Edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

Shards and Ashes is a collection of short stories featuring writers Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong,

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Veronica Roth, Rachel Caine, Beth Revis and plenty more. These stories vary from the supernatural, human survival and sick twisted love. The theme that all these stories share is the end of the world.

I love short stories, the stories in the book stalled and the interest in reading the stories, although they weren’t tied together, was fading fast. HOWEVER, not all the stories served any purpose. For instance, the story called Hearken written by Veronica Roth was a really good story that ended in a way that cried out to be continued. It was the best story in the book.

The second best story was Branded by Kelley Armstrong and what she did with this story was make me sit at the edge of my seat and want more. I wanted to know the past of the lead character; I wanted to know the outcome of her decision. I WANTED MORE! I was terribly upset that it ended.

The other stories were okay; I wouldn’t suggest passing them or skipping ahead because all these authors have different styles and not all of them jump right into the adrenalin; some take some time.

 

Over all this collections gets a 8 out of 10. It was a great read for the most part and it opens your eyes to author that you may not have read before. I plan on checking out Veronica Roth’s books as well as Kelley Armstrong as soon as I can.