Gabriel’s Gargoyles (Cainsville short story, Gabriel Walsh as 10 year old narrator.) :
Cainsville was where a boy could walk the streets safely at any time, day or night. Where everyone was genuinely glad to see you, and didn’t think you were odd if you wanted to keep to yourself. Because Cainsville was odd, too. For one thing, there are the gargoyles. Unlike the others, Gabriel doesn’t believe the carven creatures came to life to protect the town. It’s up to a boy to protect himself. Now he’s determined to find the last hidden gargoyle by winter Solstice. He’s also determined to get the perfect gift for his great-aunt Rose. And when Gabriel Walsh sets goals, he achieves them…one way or another.
The Puppy Plan (Otherworld novella, 9 year old Logan Danvers as narrator.) :
When Logan finds an puppy abandoned by the roadside a few days before Christmas, he knows it’s a sign. His sister Kate wants a dog more than anything. Their parents aren’t completely opposed to the idea. It’s just a bad time. A really bad time. Maybe next year. But now there’s this puppy in need of a home and a girl in need of a pet… So how does a boy who always plays by the rules give his sister what she wants most?
My Thoughts :
The Otherworld series came to an end but Kelley Armstrong still delights her readers with these amazing short stories! The Puppy Plan is another story about Elena and Clay's twins who are now already 9 years old. It is another great story in the series and a must read for any fans. The Christmas theme to the story means that this is the perfect time of year to read this one and it would also make a perfect gift to anyone who loves this author.
The Cainsville series is Kelley's newest adventure and it is turning out to be just as amazing as all her other books. I am enjoying the series a lot and this short story was a lovely gift from the author. It was great to get to know Gabriel as a boy and really see how things were for him growing up. The whole story was interesting to read and it would also make a great quick look into the series if you haven't already started.
Both stories were, as always, top notch. Definite must reads for fans of the author and if you can manage it you really need to check these out before the holidays are over. There is nothing like reading a Christmas story at the wrong time of year!
Thank you Kelley for the amazing gifts! I hope you have a great Christmas! ;)