Thursday, 1 August 2013

Book 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.

My review:

Elena is the only female werewolf in the world, bitten by her lover Clay when she had no idea what he was, and her anger and resentment resentment for him makes her leave the pack and try to live a normal life like she did before the bite. Then her pack leader calls to say that dead bodies are turning up near the Pack home, putting their existence in danger and Elena reluctantly goes back to help. Then it becomes clear that the rogue wolves want to kill every pack member and the Pack are not ready for the fight.

I love this series. Elena is pretty tough and feisty and has chosen to turn her back on the Pack. You can understand how she feels. However much you love someone, it would be difficult to forgive them for deciding to change you into a werewolf without your consent. I doubt I would have wanted to see Clay again after that kind of betrayal, especially when Jeremy ordered him not to do it. She is drawn to the Pack but she wants her freedom and hernew normal life, well away from Clay. Their relationship crackles with tension as well as desire and I liked that. It's certainly not easy to like Clay when you first meet him, that's for sure. The pack members are great characters especially Nick and Jeremy. Nick adds a bit of fun and he's sweet, while Jeremy sounds like my kind of guy, maybe without the wolfing out bit! 

When you think of werewolf packs in the genre, most are very big, strong and ready to defend themselves. Despite Jeremy's care and leadership, this Pack are woefully unprepared for the rogue attacks that tear them apart. Even the smart Elena gets herself into situations that nearly get her killed. They make plenty mistakes in their investigation and planning and these flaws in the Pack make them better characters, as well as the action packed plot. The constant danger, the action attacks, the tension and the big finale are excellent and I enjoyed this book a lot.  

I don't really have a negative of this book though I admit that I didn't really like Clay and his attitude much. For those who feel the same as me, your opinion will probably change in book 2 like mine did! I do think that having no other female werewolves in existance does limit the scope of available stories and the fact that Elena keeps reminding us of that status does get a bit annoying! Great series though.
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