“its very fhrightening ”hannah lang wrote this review Monday, October 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, first person narratives by various supernaturally gifted women. However, I'm glad I didn't pick up Bitten first, which begins the series, or I might have stopped there. It isn't a bad book; Armstrong has an enjoyable and fairly clean style, it's well plotted and I liked Elena, the protagonist and narrator. I enjoyed it more on a reread years later, the problem is that the premise itself is rather a deal-breaker for me. Before the start of the book, Clay had bitten Elena in werewolf form without her consent, making her into a werewolf.
He had his reasons, and particularly in later books I became more sympathetic to the character. But to me this scenario reminded me too well of those bad romances where the hero rapes the heroine and she winds up loving him anyway. That's not to say Elena is a doormat--but for me Clay never recovers from that act, I didn't *want* her to forgive him. And given this is the central romance in the book, that's a major problem.
I do love the series though, and later books like Men of the Otherworld among others put me enough into Clay's head to come to like him--somewhat. The series isn't just centered on Elena or Clay either, so even if you don't like them, give another book in the series a chance, such as Dime Store Magic whose narrator/protagonist Paige Winterbourne is a favorite of mine. Each of the novels seem self-contained to me, even if reading them out of order would mean you'd encounter spoilers for earlier books.”
“Bitten has the great feeling of a stand alone book, but is part of wonderful series! There was a section that made me uncomfortable but after reading the whole series I see that it is just the way that couples relationship works.”Cori Corrente wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A werewolf love story... more on the adult side than expected.”Danielle Benich wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Similar to numerous UF and PNR series, the world building in Bitten revolves around werewolves. However, Armstrong's take on werewolf mythology is quite original in the form of the hereditary Vs. Mutt dichotomy. Nevertheless, it is difficult to come to terms with the wolves' callous attitude toward killing humans,and the fact that the pack does not come across as particularly effective in protecting themselves and others. This may be due to an unfair comparison with other werewolf series like Mercy Thompson and Chicagoland Vampires in which the packs are larger and more of a force to be reckoned with.
The basic plot of a group of renegade werewolves attempting to undermine the pack's position by murdering local girls is strong but not as developed as it could have been. In fact, it ultimately fizzles out and the story moves in a completely different direction toward the end.
The characters are the most compelling aspect of the book. Elena is a problematic heroine. One the one hand, she is strong, feisty and resilient, and her attempts to assert her independence by living a "normal" life in the human world are admirable. Nevertheless, it is all too obvious that she is in denial about who she really is and has subsumed her true self beneath a congenial facade.
On the other hand, her behavior with regard to the men in her life is morally questionable. The love triangle setup is tedious and her dishonesty with Philip regarding who she is and her relationship with Clay makes her less sympathetic and likable. Moreover, her resentment toward Clay, while understandable quickly becomes irritating, especially considering that she is constantly running hot/cold when it comes to him.
Elena's love interest, Clay, is an amalgamation of opposites as his impulsiveness and instincts are at war with his humanity, and he ostensibly hides a genius IQ behind a seemingly slow and simple southern facade. His complexity makes him a difficult character to like but once the extent of his love for Elena becomes apparent it becomes virtually impossible not to swoon all over him.
Jeremy, the pack alpha, is a prime example of still waters running deep and the family dynamic established by the other pack members is very endearing. The villains are a mixed bag from Daniel, the mastermind, bent on revenge and a megalomaniac desire to establish his own pack with its own rules to Karl, a sort of gentleman like thief, who is almost honorable despite his questionable allegiances.
Despite its problems, Bitten is a well-written and action packed read and it will be interesting to see what happens next. ”
“This was compelling, read it in one sitting.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Being the only female werewolf in the world has its drawbacks. Elena Michaels just wants to fit into the human world. A call from her pack Alpha makes Elena return home. There are several non-pack wolves (mutts) in the area who have killed humans and left the bodies on pack property. Something needs to be done. While trying to balance her life between the human world and the werewolf world, Elena must also put up with her ex-lover, Clay...the wolf who bit her.
Wow! Unique debut novel. The first 50 pages are a little slow, but don't let that put you off. The story suddenly kicks into high gear and never lets up. I highly recommend this book. My rating: 5 Stars.”
“tv show”Katharine G wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Solid, sassy, and just plain fun.”Ken Hughes wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No