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The Hunter and the Hunted
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
** spoiler alert ** Finished at 59%. Started reading the prologue to 13 and had to FORCE myself to turn the kindle off.

Stalked was originally published in My Big Fat Supernatural honeymoon, which I refused to buy because I only wanted it for this story and it was £10 - no way. Luckily, I was able to read it when I visited a friend in Canada.
Elena and Clay are on their honeymoon when Clay notices a mutt is stalking them, stalking Elena. He confronts him and discovers his reputation is no longer what it used to be (he and Elena discuss this in a later book, I think it might be Hidden) and this mutt isn't scared off by the confrontation. Determined to keep the mutt a secret from Elena he tries to trap him, only to realise that Elena knew about him all along. So they team up and do what they do best ~ scare him off (with a little killing).
I do love Clay as a narrator, he always comes across as so stand offish in other books that it's great to read from his perspective every once in a while. This story brings Clay's worries as a father and husband to the front, his injured arm being his main worry but also the fact that his big scare tactic was almost 30 years ago and the newer generations don't believe thee story so they're just not as scared. As I said, I had already read this but since I didn't actually own the book I hadn't had a chance to re-read it.

Off-Duty Angel is the new short story prequel to 13, it has one of my favourite narrators ~ Eve. Eve is on her 6 month shore leave from angel duty and is bored since Kristoff is in court. So Kristoff brings her a case to help him with, getting info on a ghost. Eve stumbles upon a hidden dimension and finds some little demonic critters with a big secret ~ some lost text that contain spells. So Eve gets Trsiel involved after discovering the whole quest was just made up to alleviate Eve's boredom, and they get trapped in a hell dimension. Turns out her fake quest turned into a real one, involving some big hell beasts.
I absolutely LOVE Eve as a narrator, she's so kick ass. This really was just a little filler story but it gave a nice little insight into Eve and Kristoff's afterlife and some of Eve's angel duty woes.

I didn't read the 13 preview, if it was just the prologue or even just one chapter I probably would have. But it's 6 chapters and then I would have had to wait 'til July to read the full book ~ even I can't inflict that much pain on myself. Although I couldn't stop myself from reading the first couple of paragraphs before forcing myself to put down the kindle and back away slowly.

27th July isn't really that far away, is it? I can wait ..... I hope!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2012
MY REVIEW
I think the cover best represents Stalked with the image of the wolf in the trees. Stalked is actually the first novella in this e-special. As a Kelley Armstrong fan I love anything at all with Clay and Elena in it. Even though I have read this novella before within My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon.
Both Clay and Elena are on top form having their honeymoon both desperate to keep the other happy and not admit to being bored in St Louis. Everything is getting very boring for them until a stray mutt starts literally sniffing around, challenging Clay? Sniffing round Elena? You need to read the novella to find out. I will say it is classic Clay & Elena and I doubt you will be disappointed!

The second novella in this e-special is Off-Duty Angel which feature Eve Levine and Kristoff Nast. Eve is bored as she is "Off-Duty" and Kristoff is hard at work at court. After trying to do a bargain with the fates doesn't work as she wishes Eve sets off trying to help Karl with a mystery involving his present case. Is Eve on the right case? Is it a set up? Or has Eve stumbled upon something bigger than she can Eve suspect? Again this one is totally Eve, in like a bull in a china shop wanting to sort everything and everybody out. I love the character of Eve too and feel she wasn't seen enough in the Women Of the Otherworld Series as much as I would have liked so this novella was a bonus for me.

This e-special also contains an exclusive early look at the first seven chapters of Thiteen, the Otherworld series finale, which I decided not to read as I am not up to that book yet in my Kelley Armstrong library of books so didn't want to spoil my future reading.

So did I enjoy the two novellas? YES! Would I read more? YES Would I recommend? I always do recommend Kelley Armstrong!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 February 2013
I absolutely love Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Otherworld" series and will devour anything she writes about her delicious characters so I expected greatness from this short novella (which actually wasn't THAT short in comparison to some of the other novella I've come across). Split into two parts with two separate narratives we see some bum-on-the-edge-of-your-seat action and a touch of romance too. I feel it's important to point out to those of you who haven't read the entire series (not including "13") that you really should read the collection first to fully appreciate the characters and what the heck is going on! Particularly for the werewolves story because there are a lot of "rules" that apply to their story and their pack.

The first story, "Stalked", features Clay and Elena (everyone's favourite werewolves) on their honeymoon. What's really lovely is that it's narrated by Clay so we get a really nice look into his perspective and how he truly views Elena and their relationship. I particularly liked how Armstrong showed that even though Clay hates some of the things Elena wants to do, he does them anyway. A softer side to Clay after all! If you've read the other stories in the "Otherworld" collection then you'll be familiar with Clay and his ability to attract trouble wherever he goes. In this case, there's a pesky mutt following Elena and Clay wants to find out why WITHOUT letting on to Elena (he doesn't want to ruin their trip...aw!). Add to this a growing sense of boredom between the pair on their romantic getaway and you just know there's going to be fight...even if it is just to let off some steam!

I absolutely love Clay and Elena, I find them to be incredibly witty and a totally sexy couple so I jut can't get enough of them and more than recommend this novella just for their short story. I will admit though, it isn't as steamy as their stories usually are (or compared to say, "Chaotic", another novella of hers) but I wasn't too bothered by this. Depends if you're reading for the romance or the action I suppose, but there's just enough of each in my opinion.

"Off-Duty Angel" is the second story featuring Eve Levine, the dark witch and part time angel. Her story is also interwoven with her lover Kristof who has set her on a bit of a mission. Since Eve is off-duty she's dying for some action and gratefully accepts his offer of a bit of work on the side. However, as things become a bit more dark and twisty (As they always do with Eve!) see enlists the help of her angel partner too who you may remember from previous books. Eve essentially ends up on something of a bounty-hunter mission taking her through dimensions!

I have to admit that I didn't enjoy Eve's story as much as I would have hoped. I find her to be one of the characters I least connect with, but she is funny and her relationship with Kristof is interesting to watch play out.

Overall, a really good Novella. I probably wouldn't put it up there with some of her other work or other Novellas but I did enjoy it and I plan to read it again and again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Two novellas, the first takes place when Elena and Clay slip away for a honeymoon only to find that they are being stalked by a lone werewolf. This was well worth reading as it's light but action packed tale which shows the characters at their best- working together but still maintaining their independant streaks. Funny too in places, if you like this couple you will enjoy this tale.

The second novella is a story about Eve and Kristoff. Kristoff gives Eve an assignment to help him with a case and to stop her being bored. It's action packed and there are some funny and romantic scenes which make it a good all round short story. If you are looking for something to read before 13 comes out this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
I have always loved this series, my favourites were definately the ones with Paige and Lucas or Eve. This one didnt live up to my expectations, I liked the short story at the start, but I felt it didnt really end properly, I actually wondered if it hadnt downloaded correctly. A little dissapointed.
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on 21 March 2013
This book is great fun to read and it does link other stories as well I have a few of Kelley Armstrong books and I have enjoyed everyone of them you can read the stories without reading the other books but you do miss out on the inside jokes and you will understand who the other people are in the books if you read them in order but as I said you do not have to read them that way. I wold recommend this book to any one who likes the stories of werewolf and ghosts and angels.
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on 20 June 2013
kellley armstrong never disappoints. Her stories are always exciting and well-developed with characters that you are really interested in. I'm not normally a fan of short stories but these 2 still managed to be satisfying and it was good to visit 2 of my favourite characters
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on 20 January 2013
As long as 13 doesn't start with this chapter really gripping, and not too much info of what has gone before. Lots of spaces where they shouldn't be but only worked out highlighting towards the end. Otherwise very enjoyable and making you want more
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on 16 January 2014
Fantastic stories I can't wait to read the next installment. Another fantastic read by Kelly Armstrong I cannot recommend her stories enough. Her characters and style of writing will keep you on the edge of your seat. Great read
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on 30 July 2013
Have loved the Otherworld series and was looking for extras to read after 13. This has 2 very short stories about 2 sets of characters, worth a read as adds to your memories of the characters.
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