Monday, May 10, 2010

Book Review: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Review: Bitten
Series: Women of the Otherworld – Book 1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
No. Of Pages: 448
Release Date: 26 February 2004

Elena Michaels is your regular twenty-first century girl; self-assured, smart and fighting fit. She also just happens to be the only female werewolf in the world...

It has some good points. When she walks down a dark alleyway, she’s the scary one. But now her Pack – the one she abandoned so that she could live a normal life – are in trouble, and they need her help. Is she willing to risk her life to help the ex-lover who betrayed her by turning her into a werewolf in the first place? And, more to the point, does she have a choice?

My Thoughts:

Bitten was interesting, compelling but hollow. I got through it fairly quickly, and enjoyed every minute of it, but even now as I try to call up its contents, there isn’t much that stuck.

We are told the story through the eyes of Elena a werewolf who is trying to lead a human life. Elena has a human boyfriend who doesn’t know what she is, keeps a normal job and lives a relatively normal life, except of course for the midnight runs...on four legs.

All is well and good until she gets a call from Jeremy, the person who cared for her when she was first turned into a werewolf. He needs her help in tracking down a rogue werewolf. They had an agreement that he wouldn’t call her unless it was absolutely necessary, so she knows that this is urgent.

Elena hops on a plane, much to her reluctance and is off to the backwoods of New York to help out where she is needed. Before Elena left it was her job to keep track of the mutts (non-Pack wolves) and track them down when they started causing trouble, like occasionally making a human into a snack.

As soon as Elena arrives at Stonehaven – home to Jeremy – she runs smack bang into Clayton her ex-lover, and the man who bit her in the first place, and the way she sees it, ruined her life. Clayton is the complete opposite to her boyfriend, Phillip. He is arrogant, demanding and selfish, but he loves Elena, and wants her back.

So on top of an interesting tracking mystery and a fair bit of detective work, we also had the pursuit of Elena by Clayton. What I loved about their relationship was that it wasn’t perfect. They were constantly fighting and would come together in moments of passion. They could back each other up and looked out for each other when it was needed.

Elena was head strong and smart. She does a couple of stupid things, but they work out. She also knew when to stop which was refreshing. Although sometimes she wanted to go and kill someone for annoying her, she knew when to back off.

I loved the style of Bitten most, it was like Elena was talking to the reader, just little comments. Like a time freeze on TV when the main character stops to talk to you. Although Bitten had a little too much back story, it kept me engaged for the entire time and I really enjoyed the beginning to what seems to be shaping up as a good series.

Also in this series:
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Men of the Otherworld
Tales of the Otherworld

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Glad to see you enjoyed Bitten, it was one of the first urban fantrasies I have read and the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong still remains one of my favourite UF series. I LOVE Kelley's dry, sarcastic humour and easy yet detailed and writing and storytelling.

Sarah said...

I love this series. My favorite is No Humans Involved and my least favs are Personal Demon and Living with the Dead.

Your missing Frostbitten which is Book 10 and Tales of the Otherworld is another Anthology that just came out a few weeks ago.

Hope you enjoy reading them!

Mama Bookworm said...

I really liked Bitten. I’m hoping to read the rest of the series soon.

Emily said...

Nice review! I think your criticisms of the book are very well thought out- I personally had a real issue with Philip after awhile, my feeling was, just break up with him already! But, overall the experience was good and I definitely want to keep going with this series.

Wings said...

Stella & Sarah: I loved the humour too! I am definitely going to continue with this series.

Emily: I didn't like Philip either, I think he was a bit full of himself saying he was going to come to new york if she didn't come home soon.

Sarah said...

Hey Amanda, I thought it was about time I went through your list of reviews & made sure I've added links to my reviews for all the books we've both read :o) I can't believe I hadn't linked to this one already, especially since you've linked to me! I have corrected my mistake now though & am going to work my way through your list so appologies in advance if you end up with quite a few comments from me this afternoon LOL


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