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Amityville Horrible, by Kelley Armstrong

a_h_haga's review

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4.0

REREAD 2020

I remember the first time I read about Jamie, I thought I wouldn't stand her. Instead, she is one of my favorites of the MCs in this world. Of course, I think it's her dynamic with Jeremy that does it.

This story is a fun little short about the life of Jamie. I don't know what more there is to say about it. I enjoyed it, and that's the main point, right?

Oh! I can say that I wasn't a big fan of the art in this book. It was too... I don't even know, it was too something.

Keeping the original rating.
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Original rating: 4/5

laurla's review against another edition

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published in otherworld chills anthology

marie123's review

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3.0

I like Jaime. So I will admit that sold this story for me. And I'm glad I read it, it was a lot of fun!

nancyotoole's review

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3.0

Jamie Vegas is a necromancer who makes her living doing live shows as a spiritualist. She’s branched out to television in the past, with disastrous results. Jamie has pledged to never do reality TV again until her agent makes her an offer she can’t refuse. This leads her onto the set of a bogus haunted house. Jamie is shocked when she discovers real ghosts on the property, only they don’t act like any ghosts she’s encountered. With the help of her werewolf boyfriend, Jeremy Danvers, Jamie will need to crack the real case without letting any of her castmates in on her secret.

For the past few years, Kelley Armstrong has delivered bonus content to Otherworld fans in a form of a yearly novella, a tradition that she is happily continuing even though the series is technically over. This year, Armstrong has not only released a print novella, but a bonus ebook one as well, staring necromancer Jamie Vegas. Amityville Horrible turns out to be a pretty fun read, even if it ends up feeling a little rushed. The romantic moments between Jamie and Jeremy are as satisfying as ever, and the mystery storyline is pretty appealing as well. Where the novella falters is in it’s ending, which feels sudden and a bit underdeveloped. I have a feeling that if Armstong had lengthened Amityville Horrible to the length of Hidden, last year’s Elena novella, the novels shortcomings could have been addressed. This includes the ending as well as it’s cast of characters, some which come off as a bit underdeveloped. Still, the novella is overall a good time for Otherworld fans, and shows us what’s going on with a character who hasn't had her own book since No Humans Involved.

Final Thoughts: Amityville Horrible is not the strongest Otherworld Novella, but it’s certainly worth reading if you’re a fan of the series. Jamie’s story is fast paced and fun, and her romance with Jeremy continues to be sweet. I’m happy that Armstrong is continuing to check in with these characters, even if she’s not continuing the series.

kikiandarrowsfishshelf's review

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4.0

I have to say that Jamie is my favorite character in the series. Mostly, because she is the everywoman who just happens to be able to talk to ghosts. She is not stupid, though she think she is, but she is the most normal of the women in the series.

She also is a modern woman who is in a relationship with a man who gets that her career is important to her.

And they are older, not those young things.

True, the plot is a little predictable, but Armstrong does make use and have fun with the reality genre. This is a nice edition to the series.

nocilantroextraolives's review against another edition

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4.0

I really love Jamie. Honestly, I hope I am as smart, confident, and self possessed in twenty years. I love the way she handles herself even through crippling bouts of self-doubt.

The story was written fantastically and I hope to hear more stories from this particular character, not just as a side character.

audiobookmel's review against another edition

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4.0

3.5 stars.

This book is told from Jaime's POV. She is by no means my favorite narrator. Her stories always seem the same to me. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either. Good news, Jeremy is in this book.

monica_rambeau's review against another edition

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4.0

I read this a while ago when it first came out and while I did like it then, I remember not loving it.

Now, after the Otherworld stories have come to an end, I appreciate it so much more. It is a fun little story which is an entertaining addition to the Jamie and Jeremy collection.

ctwrites's review against another edition

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3.0

got this as part of a bundle download so I didn't realize it was part of a series, but it works well on its own. fun read and I look forward to checking out the rest of the series.

erina's review against another edition

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4.0

Amityville Horrible was a very fun read and fans of Kelley Armstrong will enjoy it. While it is a very short novella it has some mystery, it is both funny and spooky, and it offers glimpses into the Otherworld and some of our favorite characters from it. Like Kelley's other novellas this one is likely best enjoyed by fans of her books who know the back stories and relationships. New readers will simply not get as much out of this book.
My favorite part of Amityville--as with all of her books-- was the characters. I'll admit when Jamie and Jeremy got together in No Humans Involved I was a little eked out. After all in her previous books I had always perceived Jeremy as asexual and reading about Jeremy and Jamie was not unlike reading about older family members getting it on. Shudder. But over the course of several books--where Jeremy and Jamie were secondary characters--I got used to them as a couple, and it was really nice to see their romance, their sweet interactions, and, of course, to see Jeremy knock down a door or two to save our, increasingly capable, necromancer.
While not nearly as developed as Kelley's novels, Amityville Horrible, like her other novellas, provides an entertaining glimpse into the lives of beloved characters, and, for this fan, is definitely worth the read.
One quick afterthought: while the story was great :) and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the illustrations were awful :P. The same illustrator has worked on some of her other works and is consistently bad. The illustrations add nothing to the story and, at least for me, their awfulness stood in direct contrast to Kelley's awesomeness and because of that were distracting. So Kelley, if you ever follow these reviews, please lobby for your other illustrator, Xavier, to do the illustrations for all your subt. books. Thank you.