Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 384 pages
Release date: December 31, 2002
Series: Women of the Otherworld #1
Source: Personal Shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.
Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.
Elena Michaels never had an easy life but she’s a proud woman holding her head high against adversity. Her parents died when she was young, she was ill-treated in foster care and was betrayed in her teens when her boyfriend bit her, turning her into a werewolf. She is determined to leave her past in the past though, and moved to Toronto to create herself a very human life, with her very human boyfriend, working as a journalist. Her little island of peace will be disturbed though when Jeremy, alpha of the pack she’s trying to stay away from, calls her for help. Little did she know, her decision, in that particular moment, would change her life forever – again.
My good friend Lucy from Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf has been pushing me to read this series for months not, because it’s one of her favorite, and I finally gave in and picked up the first book. First, Bitten is quite thick (520 pages) and I have to admit I wasn’t very impressed at first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kelley’s writing (read and loved her YA series), but the world building was a bit in the first 200 pages or so and while it wasn’t boring (mind you!) it wasn’t taking my breath away either. At some point in the book though, Elena and her on-and-off werewolf boyfriend Clay, headed back to Toronto seeking safety in Elena’s apartment, where her very human boyfriend is waiting for her… I will let you imagine the drama it caused, and that’s when I really got into the story. From this point on it was all action, drama and fight-for-life scenes and I truly enjoyed myself!
Armstrong also create a great collection of characters which I quickly grew fond of. Elena is a though girl, yet has her flaws and the mixed worked really well – see fireworks and passion – with Clayton, the Alpha’s adopted son. Clay is model hawt but he is more animal than human and makes for some really awkward – yet delicious- human interaction scenes. Jeremy – the pack’s alpha- is a silent yet powerful father figure and I would totally want this kind of guy to take me under his wing if I were in trouble. The rest of the pack is also amazing and I was sad some of them died so early in the series.
Bitten is the first book to a 13 books series, featuring different females along the way and even though this book is focused on werewolves, more creatures will be introduced has the series progress. I think this first installment sets the pace for an action–packed series and I can’t wait to pick the following titles and discover more of The Women of the Otherworld.
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