Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: Darkest Powers Bonus Pack by Kelley Armstrong

Darkest Powers Bonus Pack

Title: Darkest Powers Bonus Pack
Author: Kelley Armstrong
ebook: 174 pages
Publisher: Traverse Press
Release Date: November 14, 2011 
Author’s Website
Source: Self Purchase

Contains three companion stories to the Darkest Powers trilogy.

Dangerous (prequel to The Summoning)
The story of how Derek and Simon came to Lyle House, told from Derek’s point-of-view

Divided (set between The Summoning and The Awakening)
Derek and Simon’s adventures while separated from Chloe and Rae in the factory. Also told from Derek’s point of view.

Disenchanted (overlaps part of The Awakening)
Simon and Tori continue their journey after Chloe and Derek are left at the truck stop. Told from Tori’s point of view.

Please note: these are stories, not novels. Combined, they equal half the length of a Darkest Powers novel. (Goodreads)


OK, so anyone who knows me or Bending The Spine knows that I loved the Darkest Powers series! When I heard about Kelley Armstrong releasing this bonus pack of in between stories I was so excited. Honestly I will read anything to get more Derek!

If you haven’t read the Darkest Powers series yet (Um...why?!?!) then hold off on this. But if you love the series like I do then I think you will enjoy this as much as I did.

Dangerous was be far the largest of the three novellas. Dangerous tells the story of how Derek and Simon came to Lyle House. I liked seeing them with their dad in this, also it was great to see how resourceful the brothers are as a team when their dad goes missing. It was interesting to see the brothers dynamic before the rest of the cast come onto the scene.

I think Divided was my favorite of the three stories. Divided is told from Derek’s POV. In Divided I really started to get a sense of Derek's inner battle of how he was starting to feel for Chloe, but also all those protective instincts he has toward his brother. Divided just made me fall in love with Derek even more if that’s possible.

Disenchanted starts out in Simon’s POV then switches to Tori’s after the first chapter. Disenchanted almost had me liking Tori for a scene or two, and that’s saying something as I generally can’t sand her. It is sort of hard to not feel sorry for someone that no one likes and they know it… OK, I don’t feel sorry for Tori, how people feel toward her is her own fault.

I totally enjoyed this it made me want to go back an reread the series! It was well worth my $0.99 I spent at Amazon. I love it when authors release bonus materiel so that you can revisit the world you love. I highly recommend The Darkest Powers series and its sister series Darkness Rising.

Happy Reading,

Awesome! Reread worthy.

Recommended For
Teen and up: Use of language, and violence.

Other Books In This Series
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1)The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2)The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)
The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2)


  1. I recently got a copy of The Gathering. Looks like I should get to it soon.

  2. I need to start on this series. I think I may have talked with you about it before. I talked to somebody. I know they're good, I just haven't gotten to them I skipped your thoughts and just came straight down here to comment. ;)

    1. I totally understand the skipping:) You need to read this series!!!

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