Monday, 1 February 2010

Review: Bitten - Kelley Armstrong

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?

Otherworld Series:
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Waking the Witch

For more information visit Kelley Armstrong's website

Life isn't easy when you're the only female werewolf in the world.  Particularly when you had no say in becoming a werewolf in the first place.  Elena was changed after being bitten by her ex-lover Clay - she had no idea he was a werewolf and was understandably upset when she discovered what he did to her.  It's something that she doesn't think she'll ever be able to forgive him for.  She left the Pack a year ago & has been trying to live her life as a human.  She lives with her human boyfriend - which makes life interesting when she needs to change at least once a week and has to sneak out of the house to do it.

When she receives a call from Jeremy the Pack leader asking for her help the last thing she wants to do is return home.  But the pack is in danger and she can't just turn her back on them.  When she returns to the fold she finds out that a Mutt (a werewolf who isn't a member of the Pack) is killing humans.  Not only that they are also trying to draw suspicion onto the Pack and implicate them in the murders.  I don't want to give any of the story away but rest assured that things soon get a lot more complicated & there is plenty of action in the book!

Although I found the book a little slow to start once the story got going the pace really picked up fast & I couldn't stop turning the pages.  The book is told from Elena's point of view & I loved her descriptions of the change and running with the Pack.  I found Elena really easy to relate to, Clay was a perfect lovable bad boy & I liked the other Pack members.  Overall I really loved this book & can't wait to continue with this series - I'm just pleased I have the next 3 books in my to-read pile.

Source: Christmas Present

Other Reviews:
Story Wings
Chrissie's Corner
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. excellent review!!

    im looking forward to reading this!!

  2. Good to know because I have it on my TBR shelf! I'll have to move it up:)

  3. @ Wings - I loved this one, can't wait to continue with the series :o)

    @ Moonsanity - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

  4. Thanks for reviewing this Sarah. I keep looking at the author's books when I'm shopping but I never buy them. Next time I'm thinking of an adult book I'll buy myself theis. Great review.

  5. I really like her book called The Summoning. After reading this review I'll have to give this series a shot too. Thanks!

  6. @ Becky - I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm looking forward to continuing the series :o)

    @ Tammy - I've not read anything else by Kelley Armstrong but am planning on trying out her YA series. What did you think of The Summoning?

  7. I loved this one and Stolen but Dime Store Magic not so much!
    The Summoning and The Awakening were great if you enjoy YA

  8. I'm looking forward to reading Stolen :o) It's a shame you weren't as keen on Dime Store Magic though.

    I've not read her YA series but it is on my wishlist & looks really good :o)

  9. Awesome review, Sarah! From reading this, it sounds ever so slightly like Stray by Rachel Vincent; 1. A were who isn't happy with her place in the supernatural world. 2. Plays at being human. 3. Needs to go back when trouble for her supernatural group arises (Though theres human murders and missing tabbies, which don't fit exactly, but you know). Still, it sounds awesome! I'm looking forward to reading it! Cheers for the great review! :D

  10. Hi Jo, I think Bitten came before Stray & I noticed a few negative comments on Amazon saying that it was too similar to Bitten. I read Bitten first but when I read Stray I didn't find myself comparing the 2. Yes there are similarities but they are both different enough that it didn't bother me. They are both excellent books & I'm looking forward to continuing this series :o) I'm pretty sure you'll like this one too!

  11. Oooh, awesome! Thanks for letting me know! I look forward to reading it - but seriously, I'm not sure it could touch the Shifters series. Those books are just too incredible! :)

  12. I have to confess that of the 2 series the Shifters one is probably my favorite :o) I might change my mind after reading more of this series but I'm not sure it can beat Shifters LOL

  13. Elena and Clay's characters are definite shining stars in the this series. I'd like to hear what you think about the other books once you make it through them.

  14. Nice review! I'm a newcomer to this series as well and will definitely have to read the rest of it, since I enjoyed Bitten.

  15. @ Parajunkie - I love Elena & Clay is HOT! I read Stolen & enjoyed it but the rest of the series is still on my TBR pile. I did get sent a copy of Frostbitten for review though so I need to catch up on the series quite quickly LOL.

    @ My Monkeys - Thank you, I'm glad you liked it :o)

    @ Emily - I'm glad you enjoyed Bitten :o) I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the rest of the series!



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