Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: The Case of El Chupacabra (Otherworld Stories, #6.1)

The Case of El Chupacabra (Otherworld Stories, #6.1)
The Case of El Chupacabra (Otherworld Stories, #6.1) by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another wonderful story that is completely essential to reading the series. I mistakenly skipped over a lot of short stories that happen between the books which left me with some gaps in story. One big gap is filled in by this story - how Paige and Lucas end up with the office. In the next book in the series, they are simply there with a lot of this back story missing. While this happens, there is also so much more in this short story.

The other big happenings revolve around Sean and his sexuality. He goes through a lot of internal struggle with his desire to do what's best for the Cabal, but also what is best for himself. He's been hiding for years and is forced to address what other people might think of him if he comes out. Of course, all his family and friends are obviously accepting, even if he doesn't come right out and tell them. The cabal is a completely other matter. Nobody in the cabal appears to be ready to accept a gay leader for some reason that has something to do with ... I don't know, but I'm going to blame evil corporation standards.

The mystery is almost secondary to all the personal drama in this story, but was still enjoyable. We get to watch Lucas and Paige go at a mystery while working on their future plans at the same time. It was nice to "come home" to such familiar characters. I love these little short stories and (again) stress reading these in order.

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