Sunday, 12 February 2017

Book Review: Driven by Kelley Armstrong (WOTO #13.6)


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 Review: 
The first piece of advice I'd give in reading these novellas is to pay attention to the number in the series. A few of the novellas appear during the timeline of the novels while others appear after the novels were wrapped up. If you get the reading order wrong you might end up with plot spoilers annoying you!

Ever since Elena discovered that Malcolm was actually alive, she has wondered what to do about him. With Malcolm indicating that he wants to return to be a full Pack member, she knows his skills might be useful but he will be likely to cause discord. Is it worth it? The other thing on her mind is that long term enemies The Cains are now needing help after their family were attacked and skinned by ruthless hunters. Elena may not care for the Cains but she will not tolerate open season on werewolves, and gathers their allies to stop the killers.

It is Davis Cain who finds two of his family missing and asks for Pack help to find them. Elena is horrified to find the men murdered and skinned nearby, and is worried that this could be another bounty hunt. The rest of the Cains are not responding to their phones so Davis and the Pack go to look for them and find more dead and injued. The Cains don't want to be babysat by the Pack and are proving to be as difficult to deal with as Malcolm. Breaking the rules set out for their safety could be a very bad decision when someone is hunting them. Later we find out the reason why, and it throws a new light on the situation.

I always like seeing the Pack and I was curious as to how they would react to having Malcolm back. He gets a rough reception from Logan and Kate which leaves him somewhat bemused and as usual he tries to stir things up. Having this kind of issue during an important mission is the last thing Elena wants to deal with. I could have done with less of him stirring things up in the first half of the book. I felt it wasn't really needed and it was a bit annoying. I wanted more about why he was back and the Cain story, which were much more interesting.

I'm quite sad that this is the last Pack novella and that's why it took me so long to read it. I love the wolves and reading this final adventure means admitting the series really is over now. I liked the overall plot and the action through the story. I liked the resolution of the Malcolm story which was quite satisfying but I feel he was underused in the book. I wanted to see more of him being the hero instead of the pantomime villan again. I think the author missed a trick there.

I have enjoyed the Pack adventures and I'm sad there will be no more!

Read November 2016.
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5 comments:

  1. I can't believe I haven't read my first Kelley Armstrong book yet! I wouldn't even know where to start!

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    1. If you are looking for urban fantasy then start with Bitten, and read the novels and major novellas in book number order to have it make more sense. Each short story and novella is numbered on Goodreads under the author name so it is easy to see where everything slots in. Lots of the stories are available in her anthologies.

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  2. Sounds like you enjoyed these. It's funny how exciting it is to wrap up a series but be sad at the same time.

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    1. I put if off as long as possible but now the Pack are finished! *blubbers*

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