Thursday, 28 January 2016

Book Review: Driven [Otherworld Stories #13.6] by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Driven
Author: Kelley Armstrong
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Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Otherworld Stories #13.6
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: 31st January 2016
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie. The Trade Hardcover of Driven will feature a full-color dust jacket as well as four full-color interior illustrations. The Signed Limited Edition will have a completely different dust jacket, full-color endsheets, and two additional full-color illustrations not in the Trade. If you own a copy of the limited edition of Forsaken, please mention your number to match when checking out.

Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.

When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn't about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.

But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster—Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.
My Thoughts
I am a big fan of the Otherworld Series, so when I saw Driven on NetGalley I had to put in a request, and I really didn't have much hope of being accepted so when I was I may have done a little happy dance, which my b/f chose not to question ;). Driven picks up after the events of Forsaken, and after the cliffhanger we are left with I could not wait to dive into this one and find out what happened, not only with Elena's pack, but also with Malcolm.

The story begins with a meeting that Malcolm arranged, and with a few pack members that Elena takes with her. Malcolm existence has been the bane for the pack,, and this meeting is the final chance for him to become a member again, but Elena isn't going into this meeting blindly, and not only is she ready for anything, she also takes a pretty mean attitude with her.....and I love it.
If you insist on me standing, then I will, but understand that it's only to humor you. And the fact you've had to ask multiple times proves you aren't really Alpha material."
"No," I said. "It proves you aren't really Pack material.
She kicks ass in every single way, she may be a rare female wolf, and being the pack Alpha is ridiculed in the werewolf world, but she takes no prisoners.

Driven was an unputdownable read, I loved getting to visit this world again and catch up with old friends. The twins have grown so much, and I love how they see life. Being werewolves means you can't really keep things a secret from them, and they will openly admit this, if it's to their advantage. I love thier attitudes towards Malcolm and how they shut him down. Elena and Clayton have gone through so much since this series began, and I like how strong they are, and how much they have developed as characters. Elena has done the most changing, she is now pack Alpha and her decisions will have consequences on all. She still doubts herself, and we can see how this affects her when she sees it in her son. Driven sees Elena making a lot of decisions, and these involve saving and taking lives. Should she trust the mutt, Davis, when he says his family dead and missing. Is it in the best interest of the pack to actively seek the missing family members out?

Driven was a book that sucked me in, and didn't let go to the very end. I loved every page of this book. The journey taken to get to the end wasn't easy, and Malcolm definitely makes things complicated when it comes to splitting the pack up into several groups. But the question isn't can he be trusted, the question is what is his ulterior motive.

Final Verdict
Driven is a MUST READ for fans of this series. It answers a lot of questions from the previous book, and we finally learn of Malcolm's fate. I think a re-read is in order soon.

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