Author: Kelly Armstrong
Summary: Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf - and she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her - her temper, her violence - but requires it. Worst of all, Elena realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person. Overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, Elena leaves the Pack and moves to the city to try living as a human. When the Pack leader calls to ask her help for 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 as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
An erotically charged thriller, Bitten will awaken the voracious appetite of every reader, as the age-old battle between human and beast comes to a head in one small town and within one woman’s body.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I have to say, this book surprised me. As a new reader to the paranormal/paranormal romance genre, and going little reluctantly, as the little experience I have had with the genre mixed in with reviews I and some blurbs I have read, I’ve been unsure if the genre was for me. Despite these previous experiences, I ended up enjoying the book, and look forward to reading the rest of the series, Armstrong is a great story teller, and has done a spectacular job at creating an interesting, dark and witty story - a great introduction to her Otherworld series.
As I said above, I’m a new reader to the paranormal/paranormal romance genre. I’ve thought about trying the genre out, but I find, that it focuses too much time on the romance of the stories, and not enough time on the background story of the paranormal creatures - a look at their psyche, their world, their background, their history etc. Armstrong, managed to find a balance between the two, which had me at times, hooked to the pages, and anxiously waiting to find out what happens next. Armstrong, has created a very interesting cast of characters, although we only learn a little bit about them, I’m sure we’ll find out more, later in the series. Jeremy is a character I hope to learn more about in the future. What I liked the best was how well she created her paranormal creature, in this case werewolves. It was refreshing to see that they weren’t indestructible, that they had human qualities, but still an animal side, it made them seem a lot more believable. It also just made for a better read, because you knew, your favourite character, even with his super-werewolf strength could still be killed, quite easily as a human. They have their advantages, but they are still flawed like the rest of us.
I also enjoyed her overall writing style, Armstrong a combination of whit, fun and sarcasm mixed into her books, it made for a good read. She was also very good at dialogue, and ensuring each character d a voice and personality, I didn’t find, like I have with other books in the genre, that there were only one or two different character types, but a cast of characters, that come together nicely. Armstrong also did a very good job at creating a suspenseful climax, and throughout the book.
What I didn’t like. Part of my, reluctance to the genre is that I often find some of the sexual scenes are a little to Harlequin romance for my liking. Although I found Armstrong handled hers a little better than other authors I have read,I still found some scenes a little on the Harlequin side, I rather have a few less romance scenes and more action. Another thing I didn’t like was Elena. I found her to be a little immature at times, judgemental, and weak at times. She wasn’t a bad person, but a lot of the things she did, how she portrayed herself, got on my nerves at times. Luckily the book has an excellent story, with some strong secondary characters, that kept my interest. And I still liked Elena’s character enough, to want to read some of the other books in the series, but she isn’t my favourite character out there.
Overall, the novel was very well done, Armstrong is a great author, and the book made me experience and enjoy a genre I generally avoided. Not bad at all!
Would I recommend it to read: Yes, I would. Especially if you are like me and are unsure you'd enjoy paranormal themed books. This one is definitely worth reading. Even with some of the issues I mentioned above, I think its worth trying out.
What to read next: I believe Stolen is the next book in the series, also if your a YA fan, you may want to check out her YA books. Other than that, my experience in the genre is very minimal, so not sure what else out there, you could read.
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