Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Review : Hidden (Otherworld Stories Novella) by Kelley Armstrong

December 28, 2011 | Subterranean Press

Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire – what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas? 
Werewolves Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with – just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park. 
Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door…while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there’s the missing little girl … 
With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters – or the hunted?

I can't tell you how great it was being back in Clay and Elena's world! Well.. I guess I can, but any words that I could conjure up just wouldn't be adequate enough.

While there is a mystery that unfolds throughout the story, it's only a small part of what makes this so enjoyable.

Aside from the hunt for a potential man-eater, the story focuses on the twins and the questions surrounding the "will-they-or-won't-they" in regards to their chances of becoming members of the pack. Elena struggles with how to tell her children, what to tell her children, and more importantly when to tell her children. They are incredibly smart and perceptive for their age and it becomes increasingly difficult for Elena to keep certain aspects of their family's lives hidden from them.

Then we have the artwork by Angilram. The depictions of the twins and the last images with the pack were fabulous. It would be great if more stories came with pictures like these.

But what I enjoyed more than anything was the time alone with Clay and Elena. They made a continuous effort to steal little moments together here and there whenever they could. They are still very much in love and still one of the best fictional couples that I have ever had the pleasure to read about.

I'm very confident that Clay and Elena fans will enjoy this story. I only wish that their adventures together never had to come to an end.


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