Thursday, September 18, 2008

One-of-a-kind wolf

Elena Michaels is, on the surface, a lovely, successful young woman. She has a boyfriend who adores her, a job she likes, and, best of all, an ordinary life. On the surface. What her boyfriend and her friends from work don't know is that every so often she finds herself in wolf shape, skulking through the city, hunting. She is unable to reconcile this wild, violent part of herself - a part that was given to her forcibly, not something she chose - with the resulting fact that it prevents her from living the sort of life she has always wanted.

Even though she has found a sort of routine for this "ordinary" life of hers, there are ties to her past - her werewolf pack - that are not easily undone. So when she gets a call from them, even though she resists at first, she knows she has to go back. She dreads returning to the place where she became a werewolf, having to face her packmates - and certain events from her past. Once back, she is asked to help in a matter that requires her expertise. People she cares about are dying, and she must put her fears and feelings aside.

She is ambivalent in her feelings for her packmates because she can never know if they truly care about her, or just the fact that she is the only female werewolf. She believes she can resist the pull of her wolf, of her ties to her packmates, particularly to one certain wolf, the one she'll never forgive - the one she is attracted to in a very unsettling way. Elena's search for the rogue wolves opens up doors to her past that will be difficult to close - if, indeed, she and her pack manage to survive at all.

I enjoyed this first book in the Women of the Otherworld series - Elena is an interesting, complicated character, and the novel has a nice tight pace (if slightly predictable plot), memorable characters, and an interesting premise. There are many more books to come in this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing the direction it takes. I'm also wondering about the name of the series, though - I see that book two is about Elena as well, but will there be other heroines featured as well?

This is my third book read for Carl's RIP III Challenge (click here for other participants' reviews).

Books in the Women of the Otherworld series:

1. Bitten
2. Stolen
3. Dime Store Magic
4. Industrial Magic
5. Haunted
6. Broken
7. No Humans Involved
8. Personal Demon
9. Living with the Dead

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Viking, 2001)

Also reviewed at:
All Booked Up
Books 4Ever
Readers in Thongs
Reading Adventures
Rosie Demario

Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know, and I'll add a link!

18 comments:

  1. I've got this on my night table, all ready to read. It's fun to get a sneak peak into it. I picked it up just because a friend said it was good.

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  2. I really enjoy this series. I'm not completely caught up yet but hope to remedy that one of these days. Of all the women that I have met so far, Elena is my favorite. I have a little literary crush on Clay.

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  3. This is such a good series! So glad you're enjoying it!

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  4. I'll come back and read your review properly once I've read Bitten myself. It's on the pile for Carl's challenge. Glad to hear you liked it though.

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  5. I'm glad to hear good things about this book. I picked it up once and read a small portion of it then got distracted with other reads and never got back to it. Nice to hear that it might be worth doing so!

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  6. Fuzzycricket - I read a review on someone's blog about this one, but I can't remember whose! I'd thank them if I could. Hope you enjoy it!

    Literary Feline - I'm just glad to see there are so many of them in the series to keep me busy for a while. And I'm happy to see I'm not the only one who suffers from literary crushes! :-)

    Ladytink - Was it you who recommended this series to me? If so, thanks! It was fun, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    Cath - I do the same thing when I intend to read the book. I'll be looking forward to your review!

    Carl - I hope the next time you try it is the right time for you. Timing can make such a difference in how a book affects people, I think. We'll see how the rest of series goes!

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  7. Thanks, VA Gal! I promise I will get back to them as soon as I finish grad school (ETA Spring 2009). I have some ideas for rewrites that should make it work a bit better, I think. (And I'm counting on you to read them!). :-D

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  8. Umm, it might have been me. Not sure but glad you enjoy them!!!

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  9. Ladytink - well, I've enjoyed all your other recommendations, so I'll give you the credit! Thanks. :-)

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  10. I love this whole series, particularly later in the series. Armstrong manages to keep it fresh with different types of paranormal creatures, different lead characters and compelling storylines!

    My review for this book is here

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  11. Marg - I'm glad to hear that the series gets even better as it goes along. And I like the idea of different main characters. Thanks for the link - I've added it to the review!

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  12. I think you will love the rest of this series. Lots of different characters with lots of different heroines to choose from. I recommended these to my friend and she is loving Bitten as well. I am up to date apart from the latest tale as I am patiently awaiting the paperback of Personal Demon. I think though of all the main characters I like Elena the most.

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  13. Rhinoa - I'm glad to hear you say that! I'll have to get to #2 soon...

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  14. I just bought the book last night (for the second time, I might add).

    I got it once, years ago and couldn't get into it, but I thought I'd give it another try given the number of positive reviews I've seen since.

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  15. Elena - I hope it goes better for you the second time around. Sometimes it's just a question of timing. I keep hearing that the series gets better and better, and I've been meaning to get to #2 before I forget what happened in this one! I'll be interested to hear what you think when you read it.

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  16. I finally got around to reading (& reviewing) Bitten last month. It didn't turn into my favorite book.

    Anyway, my review is at: http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.com/2009/09/bitten-kelley-armstrong.html

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  17. Elena - thanks for leaving your link. I will be curious to hear what you think of the next one if you end up trying it. It quite different from this one - more action/adventure, a bit less romance.

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