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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elena Michaels is the world's only female werewolf. And she's tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her— her temper, her violence—but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she's growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she's trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she'll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

My thoughts:

Bitten is the first installment in the supernatural women series called Woman of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong.
Let me start off by saying I love this series. The moment I started reading this I knew I'd be hooked. I love the way Kelly Armstrong writes and her characters are intriguing and fun to read. Her plots are well written and well-paced.
Elena leads a double life, she has a job as a journalist, has a regular boyfriend but beneath this she's the only female werewolf to exist, turned by a previous lover Clayton's bite. The werewolf gene is male with only the females converting by being bitten and almost all die from the Change. Elena does join Clayton's pack in the remote Stonehaven, New York for awhile but decides she wants a more human life, so she moves to Toronto, Canada. (And meets human boyfriend.)
Elena's boyfriend doesn't know she's a werewolf and she finds it really hard to be herself when she lives in an apartment with him in Toronto and has to sneak out at night when she needs to make the change. Not to mention he doesn't like the fact that she's changing in a city when her heart is in the woods of the country. City's just aren't made for werewolfs.
Elena is a strong individual who is used to doing things herself. Shes written in the third person, but I love the change from third person to first when reading from werewolf perspective. Review
Elena, heroine of Kelley Armstrong's impressive debut thriller Bitten, never planned that a casual sexual encounter would transform her into a werewolf. Neither did Clay, her lover and one of the leaders of the exclusive werewolf clique known as the Pack; women do not generally change or survive if they do. Elena's considerable reservations about her new life come to a head and she walks out on the Pack to return to something like normality, finding herself a boyfriend who turns a blind eye to her occasional disappearances in the middle of the night. She may have done with the infighting of werewolves, but they have not done with her; her former family call her back when they find themselves under threat from those they have excluded and dominated. Kelley Armstrong is very good on the sheer exhilaration of shape-changing, of running on four feet through forests, suburban greenery and urban back alleys; if there is a weakness here, it is that Elena's relationship with the taciturn, untrustworthy Clay is sometimes a little too conventionally romantic--but the dark poetry of the best of the book overcomes this entirely.

Stolen is the next book in the series and it follows the story of Elena the werewolf again which I loved! The third story is Dime Store Magic and it follows the story of Paige Winterbourne, a witch. (but some fo the characters from the previous stories make appearances.
Broken which is book 6 follows Elena again and also book 12 Frostbitten follows Elena!
It's a great series, each woman's story is a great interesting read. I recommend this series, especially to supernatural and shapeshifter lovers!

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