Friday, October 7, 2011

Review: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She's also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.

"Uh-uh. We've played this game before. I hide. You never seek. I'm a bit slow on the uptake, but I'm beginning to sense a pattern." 

This story will always be one of my favorites because it began my almost obsessive fascination with werewolves. Clay is now and forever will be the only wolf for me. He is sexy, charming, with an adorable southern accent and is fiercely protective of what is his.

Elena, the only female werewolf in existence, is a strong, independent heroine who is trying desperately to separate herself from the pack in hopes of living a normal human life. She lives far from Stonehaven with her boyfriend, Philip, who loves her and her life with the pack is a heavily guarded secret.

Of course it's not long before she is forced back to Stonehaven and back into Clay's life. I fell in love with Clay from the moment he sat in front of Stonehaven's gate awaiting Elena's return. She battles her feelings for him for the majority of the book, but Clay's pursuit is relentless. Stubborn can definitely be added to his list of definable traits.

Some reviewers have complained about the ease in which Elena cheated on her boyfriend back home. While I'm not condoning her actions, I can understand her conflicted feelings. She's basically living a double life. She wants the normal life that she has constructed with Philip, even though it's difficult to maintain, but she needs the life that she has with Clay and the pack. Her feelings for Clay share equal measures of love and anger in her heart. Elena doesn't just leave Stonehaven to escape the life of a werewolf that was forced upon her, but to also escape her feelings for Clay. She's always loved him and always will.

Aside from the girly romance stuff, we have Karl Marsten. What a delightful villain he makes! Really. He's devious and conniving, but he also manages to be friendly and fairly likable at the same time. He's one of my favorite "bad guys". I adore basically every character in this book.

I will say that I tried to continue Armstrong's Otherworld series, but I could never really get into the books that didn't feature Elena and Clay. Her stories that were focused more on magic just weren't for me and if you feel the same then you can just skip to the books that feature the werewolves without missing out. Either way, I suggest everyone give this book a try. 


Mariya @ Mystifying Paranormal Reviews said...

I loved this book! I still haven't read the second yet, but soon. I'm still not really on board with the switch in heroines/stories. I wish all the books were about Elena and Clay but I guess I should give the other heroines/POV a chance.

But seriously, what is gonna be better than Elena and Clay!? <333

Braine said...

Arrggghh!!! It sucks that our library doesn't carry this series. But I've read her YA series, Darkest Powers and it was awesome so I'm sure that this one is the same if not better. I'm jealous :(

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Great review. This book will forever be in my top 10 favorite UF books. Clay is obviously one of the reasons why but, Elena is definitely a reason too. Nevermind that Kelley Armstrong is one hell of a writer.

To all those complainers I'd say try denying the advances and the feelings you have for your first for real love and we'll see how well you fare. ;-)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Mariya - If you continue on to the other stories that change narrators, let me know if like them. I may give them another chance.

Braine - I have the first book in her other series so I'm glad to hear that it's awesome ;)

Jen D. - Exactly! I don't think she's evil for what she did. They obviously love each other very much.

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I have read the whole series and LOVED them. I got them from the library at first because I was scared I wouldn't like them. The 2nd book still has Clay and Elena and so does a few more. They usually show up too. Clay and Elena are my favorite though. You should check out Tales of the Otherworld, it has some short stories but it has Clay and Elena when they first met at college. It was amazing!

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