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Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Bk 1)
Bitten - Women of the Otherworld, Bk 1
Author: Kelley Armstrong
ISBN-13: 9780452286030
ISBN-10: 0452286034
Publication Date: 9/7/2004
Pages: 436
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 666 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 16
This was an incredible book - I loved every moment of it. It caught my attention right in the beginning with the description of Elena's run. It got even better when Elena went back to the Pack. The tension between her and Clay was absolutely intense. But the descriptions are really what caught my attention. Armstrong seems to really know how it feels to be a wolf - or at least how to describe it so it seems that way!
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Helpful Score: 15
What a great beginning to a series I am looking forward to following. A wonderfully strong and intelligent female lead who, of course, is surrounded by good looking men, but, unlike a certain vampire series (LKH, pay attention!), she doesn't feel the need to be the only brain nor is she boffing everyone in the cast. I am picking up the second book, "Stolen", as soon as I click, "Save Review"...
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Helpful Score: 12
I have read all of Kelley Armstrong Women of the Otherworld series so far. Her series is awesome. I enjoyed every book so much, that I ran to the store to buy the rest of the series. Can't wait for the next one to come out.
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Helpful Score: 9
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!

It would be so easy to babble on and gush about this story, but I'll try to keep myself from writing too much and giving things away. The beginning seemed to have a little bit of a flat quality (not much, since I never wanted to put the book down!), but looking back at it now it seems perfectly appropriate. But once the story takes off there's a lot of action! This is very well plotted! I especially loved how the other characters seemed to grow and evolve as Elena's perception of them changed. Ah, the things we want to see, and the things we refuse to see -- very well done!

I may have to go buy a copy of this for my personal collection, and copies to hand out to others. I may have to go back to upstate New York, and look for wolves... :)
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Helpful Score: 5
Elena Michaels seems like the typical strong and sexy modern woman. She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym.She is also a werewolf.

Elena has done all she can to assimilate 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 reckon with who and what she is in this passionate, page turning novel!!!

Excellent book!!!!
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Helpful Score: 5
Elena is trying to blend in as a human, but it's getting difficult to keep disappearing at night to change and hunt. It's also hard, as well as un-healthy, to conceal her hunger. She's a werewolf who has left her pack after not being able to forgive her ex Clay for biting her without her consent, thus turning her into a werewolf. Even though she has been away for awhile she still can't suppress her feelings for him. This makes it hard for Elena to commit to her current human lover. When Elena is called home by her old pack leader, Jeremy, to help solve crimes involving "mutts" (werewolves not a part of the pack), she reluctantly agrees and becomes the animal that she has tried for so long to keep at bay. Also, returning home means returning to a life filled with Clay and pack laws.

I know I'm really late on this series, but here it goes anyway. I really, really, REALLY enjoyed these characters. Elena is strong, but she has her weaknesses and a major one is Clay. Who only has eyes for Elena and will never move on. There are some really sweet scenes between these two, and some really steamy scenes. I liked the idea of the werewolves working within the Pack, following Pack laws, and those who weren't a part of the Pack are "mutts". Sometimes the plot was predictable, BUT that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. The protagonists are easy to cheer for, and the antagonists are very easy to hate.

If you haven't started this series, definitely start from the beginning. Also, Kelley Armstrong has a TON of short stories on her website that can be read starting before Bitten, and in between the printed books in the series, so be sure you read those too.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very gook book, definitely better than I had expected it to be. Story flows easily and the slight mystery involved keeps you guessing for a while. Would recommend this to anyone who like the vampire, werewolf type of stories.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the best werewolf book I've ever read. I picked it up on a whim from the library and read it in one day. Then went back and read it again. I loved it so much I had to buy it as soon as I spotted it in my local Borders. It's my favorite book with rich descriptions of the change from human to werewolf and all the senses. If you love the paranormal genre, you must read this book!
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Helpful Score: 3
This was an incredible book - I loved every moment of it. It caught my attention right in the beginning with the description of Elena's run. It got even better when Elena went back to the Pack. The tension between her and Clay was absolutely intense. But the descriptions are really what caught my attention. Armstrong seems to really know how it feels to be a wolf - or at least how to describe it so it seems that way!
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Helpful Score: 3
The first book in Armstrong's debut series. This book introduces us to Elena, the only female werewolf in existance. A wonderful series beginner, and the series as a whole is turning out to be far superior to LKH's Blake series (my opinion only). Well written, with a clever take on the often over-used supernatural genre.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really liked this book. I got into the characters, and their lives and enjoyed the story. I can't wait to read the rest of this series.
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Helpful Score: 3
An exciting, nonstop, novel that I couldn't put down. This author really gets into people's minds, motivations, emotions... It's a different take on werewolf stories. As the Houston Chronicle says: "Will both thrill and absorb you."
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm a big fan of werewolf stories and this one with it's pack dynamics, the relationship entanglements, the gore . . had me anxiously turning the pages. But, being the honest sort that I am, must say that I didn't particularly like either main character all that much. Elena, the only female werewolf in existance as we're told time and again or Clay, the super alpha wolf with the Chippendales looks. Elena despises Clay (but loves him too) and only wants to live a normal "human" existence. Clay, born and raised a werewolf, can't figure her out. He wants her, she wants him, so what's the problem? Well, for startes, Elena LIVES with another man whom she claims to love yet diddles with Clay when she's in his turf. Elena is so wishy-washy about this it continually annoyed me.

Character flaws aside, I enjoyed this book more than many I've read this year. I'd read more books about these wolves as they're much more engaging (IMO, of course) than the "Magic" books written by the same author.
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Helpful Score: 2
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. Elena was such a riveting character. It's rare that I find a book where I am so drawn in to their personality, that I feel the same emotions as that character. She was strong, witty, and loyal. Throughout the story, she struggled with her dual desires: to live a human life and to fully embrace her werewolf life. I liked her interactions with the others, especially Clay. He was driven to keep her with the Pack, but seemed to learn from his previous mistakes by taking a different approach with her. There were many suspenseful moments as well that was surprisingly pleasant. The outcome to her wants and the danger that the Pack faced was believable and realistic. This was a nice start to this series.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the best werewolf book I've ever read. I picked it up on a whim from the library and read it in one day. Then went back and read it again. I loved it so much I had to buy it as soon as I spotted it in my local Borders. It's my favorite book with rich descriptions of the change from human to werewolf and all the senses. If you love the paranormal genre, you must read this book!
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Helpful Score: 2
Took a while for the story to pick up for me, but definitely worth the wait. A werewolf trying to fit in in the city that gets called back home. Great start to a series
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Helpful Score: 2
I would definitely recommend this book to paranormal readers. It was terrific in the details, the pack structure, the relationships and the specifics of living as a werewolf. A really good read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Excellent read. I like that Armstrong brings a real world feel to being a werewolf, without all the magical legends. I love those kinds of books, but this brings a realness to her story. Her characters are intense and her writing is smooth. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the series!
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Helpful Score: 2
First book in a seriers, it is a popular series for a good reason. A fun read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Elena seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman. she just happens to be a werewolf. Bitten by her lover. Great story with a wonderful world of the wolves!!..
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Wonderful start of a series. Intense, romantic, and great design of characters by Kelley Armstrong. Can't wait to read the next book "Stolen".
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Helpful Score: 1
Wow the first of this authors works I've read but I am hooked. She adds her own style and new twist to the supernatural realm which is not the standard that others seem to fall into the rut of following. A MUST read it keeps you enthralled with page turning addiction.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love this one.... the first person was great, which surprises me, Elena was fun, though I got so mad about the way she treated Clay, but then realized at the end why, the light went on for me when it did for her!!! LOL am looking forward to the next one, Stolen.. Kelley Armstrong has a new fan!
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the 1st in a series that I started, based on a recommendation from another PBS reader who liked another series (The Carpathians) that I liked. Anyway, she suggested this one so I gave this 1st book a try. I wasn't too sure at first who I was rooting for. Sweet, kind, wouldn't-hurt-a-fly Paul, or crazy, dark, dominant Clay. The only downside to the book was that she hurt Paul, which I'm never a fan of. Other than that, I loved the down-to-earth writing. It was modern, sexy, thrilling and super fun to read! As soon as I finished it, I wish-listed the other 9 books in the series.
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I tried, after 100 pages i still can't get into it.

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Helpful Score: 1
The first book in the women of the otherworld and a fabulous addition to the ever growing Paranormal genre. Being the only female werewolf in exhistance makes Elena's life extremely hard. Fighting for independence from her pack and trying to fit in with the human world are only some of Elena's challenges.
Kelley Armstrong's writing is what Laurell K Hamilton fans miss about the more recent Anita Blake books. Armstong does a wonderful job of introducing Elena's life and world to the readers without making the background dull and uninteresting. She is a strong and independent woman who struggles with who she is. You never question who this book is about even with the introduction of several key players in Elena's werewolf world.
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This book is a great beginning to a great series. Ms Armstrong is a talented, highly imaginitive writer who makes you wish you could be a member of the pack.
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Helpful Score: 1
A rather new slant on the werewolf tale. What if you're not happy being a werewolf, and you just want to live a normal life? And interpersonal ralationships can be SO hairy when you are lunarly challenged . . .
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this book took me a little time to get into but, I kept at it and found that I really enjoyed the relationship between Elena and clay. Jeremy is a steady and reliable father figure and adds to the story over all I would recommend this book and I plan on reading more of this series
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Great book!! I love this entire series!
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A new concept on werewolves. Fascinating
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Helpful Score: 1
I had a busy week and could not just sit down and read this book - but I found that even reading a few chapters here and there, I was thinking about the characters - really thinking about them. I think that is the key to a great story.

Once I was able to devote the time to reading, I could not put it down. I love the way she describes being a werewolf - it almost made me feel like I was one. The story was great and it just grabbed you - I love how you see both Elena and Clay grow as characters - and I feel like I really got to know them in the story - I also felt like I had a chance to get to know the secondary characters as well - that is a feat - because sometimes you only get to know the main characters and the rest of them are just in the periphery - but with this book, you feel like you get to know them a little too.

I can't wait to read more from this author - in looking at her website, not all the books are narrated by Elena - that is exciting - to be able to get into this world from different perspectives. If you couldn't already tell - I recommend this book!
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I really enjoyed this book, I usually don't like books about werewolves, but the all the characters were totally engaging the whole story and I loved how fast paced it was. I couldn't put it down and I read it in about 4 days. Wonderful and looking forward to the next one!
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I picked up this book while waiting for new Anita Blake, I like the book, just a little slow I felt. I would love to read the rest of the series.
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Enter the world of werewolves with Elena Michaels, the only known female werewolf. This book is such an amazing read. You really feel like you fall into her world easily. If you love the underworld of the supernatural, don't miss this series.
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Hands down the most realistic werewolf paranormal story I've read and I've read many from Lora Leigh to Kresely Cole. This story is believable in terms of how painful it is to change, how one is naked after the change (clothes don't magically reappear when you revert back to human form), how it feels like to be a wolf in an urban setting, how it feels to have wolfish senses, and so on.

I loved the heroine and disliked her also. She's feisty, she's sexual, she's smart and funny. She isn't anyone's submissive. She is also mean, selfish, and wishy washy. She couldn't figure out if she belonged in the human world or the Pack. If cheating bothers you, then be warned. The heroine cheats on her sweet human boyfriend. The werewolf hero, Clay, is likable though when you find out what he did to the heroine 11 years earlier (no, not rape!), you may not see him in a positive light. He is sweet without being one of those chest-thumping "you're mine!" type he-men so prevalent in paranormal stories. The two main characters had good dialog and tension.
There's a good mix of humor, drama and romance. The plot is a whodunnit. I felt the author really gave the werewolves all the wonderful characteristics while the humans were bland and boring. The wherewolves are athletic, fit, strong, rippling muscles, all six-pack abs, they have loads of money, expensive cars, nice clothes, mansions, etc. The humans...well..not much of those things. The humans are just there for dinner or sex. And when the Pack needs money they get it because their leader, Jeremy, is just this genius who can do things to generate cash. It just all seemed very convenient. Jeremy, the Pack leader, is an intriguing and likable character. Hope to read more about him in the future.

Overall, I liked this book, but at times it felt like a Harlequin Romance novel. But it's a fresh take on paranormal stories. I'd read more from this author.
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I picked this book up because I wanted to read somthing that was different from my norm. Bitten turned out to be so good that I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It's about a female warewolf (the only female warewolf) who is strugeling to find her place in the world. She wants to make it in the human world but her pack needs her help. This story has a little of everything. A little love story, A little mystery, alot of excitement and plenty of twist and turns. The charicters are great and the story is even better. I would highly recommend this book.
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I wasn't really sure if I'd enjoy it but once I started reading it, it was hard to put down. I chose this series because I was looking for something to get me of the Twilight rotation lol. It did that plus I enjoy that it is more for women - not for young girls. Elana & Clay replaced Bella & Edward for me :)
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I loved this book. Armstrong describes everything in this book wonderfully. I've since started to collect the other books in the series, and have already read the 2nd one. Definetly one of the best paranormal romances I've picked up thus far.
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This was my first taste of Kelley Armstrong and I must say, I was impressed. While I wasn't very connected to the characters in the beginning (that changed, don't worry!), I was really enjoying the plot, the history of the werewolves, and the writing style.

Elena was a really great narrator. She had me laughing, sniffling, and screaming at her for her stupidity at times. She is a strong female who doesn't want to accept the supernatural side of herself, and has tried to run from it. Her strong-willed personality is what I love about her most.

I adored Clay from his first scene, and suddenly became very engaged in the history between he and Elena when Clay had to "protect" Elena in Toronto. Clay is the adopted son of Jeremy, the Pack's leader. While his hot temper and violent tendencies made him seem more wolf than man, at times, he is over the top for Elena and you can feel his devotion leak off the pages.

Good action, good lovin', good characters and good writing
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First book of this kind I have read. Read it on a whim. To my surprise it was quite engaging and interesting. I am reading the 2nd book in the series now. Never thought I would read the first book, let alone get hooked on the series. Worth the read if you're looking for something different and interesting to take your mind off the real world.
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'An addictive, deeply enjoyable thrill ride on the frontier of the feral and feminine.' So true. I enjoyed every single page. Great intro into a series I can't wait to read.
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This is a great PBS book as its a quick fun read. I really enjoyed the complex relationship of the main characters, Elena and Clay, as well as and the twist on the werewolf dynamics (mutts vs. pack).
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This was a rather cute werewolf book. I really did enjoy it - it was pretty exciting, if a little silly in the romance department, but overall, it made for a fun read and provided how this next book goes, I think I'll keep reading this series.
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Elena has tried to move back into the human world and leave her pack behind. She returns home to assist the pack when "mutts" are threatening their safety. Elena is a strong female lead with powerful interaction with her former love, Clay. 4 stars
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Great book...I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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Kelley Armstrong tells the story of the only known female werewolf who has to come to grips with her past, her dreams for the future and choosing between 2 men. Not ever having read a book specifically about werewolves, I was a bit hesitant. I was not disappointed. Passionately written, this is a story that will leave you satisfied yet still wanting for more. The story of Elena and Clay is volatile as well as tender. The werewolves are depicted as private, family oriented and loyal. Plenty of passion, but not porn. You can't help but love Elena, who is not your typical female. She is tough, strong and witty. A beautiful story!
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Not exactly what I expected. It left something to be desired. Gets a slow start and works its way through to an interesting ending. Try it if you are into werewolfs.
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Love love this book .It has a strong heroine who does not go gaga for love. a Heroine who can eat like a horse and doesn't worry about her figure (she runs it off)Does not care for Prada or any other designer label.So ok she turns into a were wolf has a hard time fitting into human society but hey we all have our faults.For this genre I have finally found a series that I love.
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I really liked this book. The commentary, in the first person, was outstanding. It was as though I was pulled into the story. I will read the 'The Others' series.
Ms Armstrong is one of the best authors I have read in a long time.
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I thought that I had bought a book on werewolves (generic fiction). I got a romance novel - if you are looking for a romance novel, dive in, otherwise, I would stay away.
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When I started getting into paranormal romance and urban fantasy books, I quickly learned that I had a lot of catching up to do. One of the books that kept coming up in conversations with friends, online reviews and recommendations, every list I looked at, was this book--Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. There were people that told me this was the book to which all other shapeshifter books should be compared. Now, I'm not going to gush quite such high praise, but I will say this is going on my five star shelf (and I don't say that about many books).

The story is told entirely from the first person perspective of Elena. Ten years prior to the main plot, Elena was bitten by her fiance and thrust into a world of werewolves she never dreamed existed. She has done everything in her power to seperate herself from the Pack (the leading clan of werewolves) and make a life for herself in the human world. But when her alpha calls and demands her help with some unruly mutts (non-Pack werewolves) she can't refuse. Thrown back into the violent and unpredictable world of werewolves, Elena must fight those who threaten her loved ones and come to terms with who and what she is.

This book is brilliant in it's simplicity. I guess I've grown accustomed, with most fantasy books, to being inundated with information about vampires, shape-shifters, witches, fairies, and all the customs and rituals and rules that go along with each. It's not that I mind that in the slightest, but sometimes a story that's just about one thing--werewolves in this case--is best. I got a really clear sense, from the brilliant use of Elena's perspective, exactly what it might be like to be a werewolf. Her journey, her pain, her relationship with the other wolves, occupied most of the space and I mean that in the best possible way. I loved the Pack and the disfunctional family atmosphere they create. And the romance between Elena and Clay (the wolf who bit her) is remarkably sweet. Even the villains are fleshed out, with believable and interesting motivations.

What I liked most about this book, at the end of it all, was how thuroughly Elena's worldview shifted. There's nothing quite like watching a character finally come to accept herself. When it's done right, it makes the book spectacular.

If you're looking for a werewolf book, look no further. This one's a keeper.
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I did not like this book. I didn't care about the characters. I couldn't finish it.
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This was a great read. It started a little slow and wasn't what I expected, so I almost put it down. But I'm glad I didn't. Once it hooked me it just took off. I ended up reading it in two days.
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** spoiler alert ** There could potentially be spoilers, so I am marking the whole review, just to be safe. I have heard about The Otherworld Series many times over the years. It has always been filed away in the back of my brain as a to-read-at-some-point-in-the-future. Then I accidentally bought the 5th or 6th book of the series and thought, well now is as good a time as any to start from book one! And I loved it! I have thought long and hard about how to rate this book, because a five star rating is one that I give a lot of thought to before I give it. But I couldn't find a single reason to rate this as less.

Armstrong's prose is polished and not a wasted sentence in the entire book. It is not uncommon for a first book in a series to be littered with whole chapters that just seem unnecessary, but not this one. Every sentence was necessary and useful to the plot. The only thing I could say negatively about the prose is that at time the point of view seemed to falter. First person is a tough point of view to right in, and the author alternated between a narrative and the character directly addressing the reader during the narrative. It was a bit jarring at first since I have not read books that do that often. But in this case it seemed to fit the character's personality to do so and once I got used to it, it made complete sense.

Clayton could have been one of those characters that I really disliked. He's the ultra, uber, alpha male type and that can easily go badly. But not this time. Yes, Clayton can come acros as a bit obsessive and stalker-ish, but this book doesn't make it seem over the top. He harbors deep feelings and loyalty for Elena, and wants desperately to have her back but he knows when to draw the line. It may not seem like drawing a line to readers but Elena, who knows him best, comes to see that he really as trying to make her life easier and not manipulate her anymore. I liked that and so I ended up liking his character immensely.

Elena is a great female lead! I have gotten very sick and tired of female leads who's only flaw is that they occasionally have a bad hair day. Elena is much more human than that, without actually being human. She holds grudges for absolutely no reason other than to hold a grudge. She is angry and stubborn and often lets that be her excuse for doing something tremendously stupid. Yes, she has flaws, but that just makes her character better. It makes her more relatable. I can relate to her because she is flawed, and so I like her for many of the same reasons. But not only does she have flaws that many fictional heroines seem to lack these days, she also kicks some serious ass. Elena might get angry and so something done but she will kick ass once she gets there and correct that mistake without letting anyone else suffer the consequences. I want to read more about Elena, I love her!

The plot of this novel went along at a good clip, but it didn't seem rushed. Everything was given the appropriate amount of time to be satisfying and then was moved on from to the next thing. I appreciate a story with a good pace, it allows me to get drawn in and wrapped up into it. I was so drawn into this story I read whenever I got the chance and all of a sudden would be 50 pages farther! A fantastic book, I am a fan of Kelley Armstrong.
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This is the first book I've read by this author and it won't be the last. I loved the characters and the story. Can't wait to read the next one!
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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.
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Really enjoyed this book, look forward to reading more of this series.
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This was an incredible book - I loved every moment of it. It caught my attention right in the beginning with the description of Elena's run. It got even better when Elena went back to the Pack. The tension between her and Clay was absolutely intense. But the descriptions are really what caught my attention. Armstrong seems to really know how it feels to be a wolf - or at least how to describe it so it seems that way!
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One of my favorite books! If you like werewolves, romance and action check this one out!
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I really love this series!
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This was an incredible book - I loved every moment of it. It caught my attention right in the beginning with the description of Elena's run. It got even better when Elena went back to the Pack. The tension between her and Clay was absolutely intense. But the descriptions are really what caught my attention. Armstrong seems to really know how it feels to be a wolf - or at least how to describe it so it seems that way!
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Interesting characters, but way too gory for my taste. I had to put it down a few chapters in after the umpteenth description of splattered, bloody body parts.
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There were times that I felt this book was a little boring...like the time that Elena was in the compound however I found that later what felt like way too much dialogue was necessary to build a relationship with the many characters involved in this story. I love that Elena has a conscience but in the end she does what she has to do and doesn't whine about doing it. I can't wait for the next book.
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Loved the book. Loved the around the way love story. Had me guessing, but guessing wrong. I like that. A very tangible relationship that has you rooting for the heroine to make the right choices.
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I loved the writer's prose and I'm going to try other books by her. However, I found the main character (Elena) annoyed me so I found it hard to warm up to the rest of the book. I hope someone else enjoys this more than I did.
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Superior paranormal fiction. Armstrong doesn't mess much with established werewolf mythology, but she brings it seamlessly into the 21st century. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Great werewolf action romance novel that will have you hooked from the first page.
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Having never read anything by Kelley Armstrong I wasn't sure what to expect with Bitten. I am very happy to say that it was a great read!! I finished it in a day and have already started reading Stolen...am now looking forward to reading a great series by Ms. Armstrong.
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This book was good reminding me a little bit like the "Kitty goes to" series by Carrie Vaughn
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A disappointing and hard read. The author's attempt to portray the heroine as a strong woman only came across as an unlikable self righteous, bratty bitch. It was a fairly straightforward simple plot, no twists, turns or surprises, you knew who the bad guys were and that was about it. Various characters show up and are killed before you even have a chance to care. Others were fairly one note and very bland by the time their turn comes around you still don't care. I had to force myself to finish and it couldn't happen soon enough, lots of pages wasted on uninteresting boring information that leads nowhere most times. The ending picked up a bit but overall, left much to be desired.
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Pretty good. Slow in places but that could be because there needs to be set up for a series.....I'll read the next one. I liked the characters and the plot line was interesting.
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Very good book for those of us who like the idea of werewolves. The characters where wonderful, plot was exciting, after the third chapter i didn't want to put it down. now that i have finished i have ordered more books in the series.
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Loved this book! A much darker "read" than Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, but much more in depth. Would recommend it for those who are looking for something more "meaty."


Sue H.
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Great Book- Great Author- Great Series. Highly recommended if you enjoy this genre.
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My favorite book in the series. I love the way events unfold here.
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Great book, loved it.
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Kelley Armstrong cant write anything bad LOL Excellent book as is typical of this author!
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Great series!
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Very very good book to read! I wasn't sure I was going to like it b/c it was a strange beginning but then I couldn't put it down !!!!
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This was the best book Ive read in a while. It was a little slow in the beginning, but then in gets REALLY good. The romance in it isnt like any other ive read before. It was honestly a great book. A good mystery is intertwined with all the pack relationships, which i really enjoyed. 5 out of 5 stars, easy.
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i really enjoyed this book.. it was even a romance! i didnt really think it would be when i first got it.. it was a great read for a rainy night!!
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Great series!
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First in new werewolf series.

Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman. She lives with hte architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She's also a werewolf....
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An interesting take on the werewolf story
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Love this series! Anita Blake fans will definitely find this series just as fun.
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This is a must read series!
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Loved it waiting to read the next in the series
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A fast-paced novel about a young female werewolf, who'd rather live like a normal, un-supernatural person, and the happily werewolf-ish man who loves her. Sexual tension (and not just tension), lethal danger and complex family relations galore. The first in the Women of the Otherworld series.
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I really enjoy this series, this is the 1st book and tells how Elaine copes with being made a werewolf, while helping save her Pack.
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A very good female werewolf book.
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I adored this book. I am forever wishing for stronger female leads, and I love paranormal romance. Elena was self-sufficient, strong, smart, and TALL! At 5'10" I was excited to finally see a heroine taller than a petite 5'2".

Kelley Armstrong writes with humor, it flows well, and I enjoyed the story. Just enough romance to satisfy without overdoing it.
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This was my first book my this author and what a great story teller she is. This book hooked me right from the start.

What a great start to the series I can't wait to read more!
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This is an EXCELLENT series!!!!
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I came across this novel in the midst of a serious vampire fic binge (which can overlap with werewolf fic), but it stands out as a little bit different from the rest.

First, I don't tend to like werewolf novels, but I liked this. The dog/human dynamics are well-written and include fresh details, while at the same time Armstrong does not feel the need to over-explain how it "works."

Second, this book has a little more "weight" than I expected, or that is typical of the genre. It's a bit more of a mystery than a romance, although romance--and sex--is also included. The last werewolf book I read was "Kitty and the Midnight Hour" by Carrie Vaughn. That book is far more light-weight than this is. I read it quickly, and discarded it easily, and felt vaguely dissatisfied afterward. On the other hand, in "Bitten" the story occasionally seemed to take awhile to get to where it was going, but I was never quite sure where the story would lead, either (a good thing). And there is enough going on in the dynamics and the storyline to stretch the reading over several days.

Finally, the characters are interesting and original. The heroine has suffered--in her past, her relationships, for being what she is--but she is not a damsel in distress. No whiny female protagonist here. No "misunderstood" love interests in need of compassion, either. (Both of these tend to be genre cliches.)

I recommend this book if you're craving a rich werewolf story, but save it for another day if you just want something to toss away after enjoying for an afternoon.
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Great beginning of a series, I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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this was a great urban fantasy werewolf read! The Women of the otherworld series is great continue reading!!!
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This is a fun one...great read!
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I received this book from another paperback swap member. I counld not get into the story line.
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While this is a very good story, the writing exceptional, I disliked the main character...Elena. I agree with Tracey A and Dinah R's opinion of her. I won't be reading the next story because reading more about Elena and her vacillating, whining and self-righteousness is annoying. I might read book three since it has a new character.
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I enjoyed this werewolf romance, interesting point of view.
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This is probably one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite series. Im now reading it all over again for the third or fourth time, it never gets old and I always get to add a new book at the end.
She is a great writer and the stories are amazing! If you havent read this yet you are sooo missing out!!
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I don't know if it's just me but I couldn't get into this book. I like werewolves and such, but it just didn't grab me after 90 pages so I gave up.
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This book is outstanding.
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I like this book. It was a different kind of werewolf tale. Strong female character.
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"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." -from the back cover

Great book. Loved the well developed characters and the story.
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Very good story in a great series.
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Eh, it was okay. It lagged a bit and took a long time to build empathy for the main character, Elena. It's an interesting story with lots of twists and turns, but certainly not ground breaking. It's a fun beach blanket read.
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A really entertaining novel with a very lovable werewolf!
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This one is a keeper. I found myself rooting for the wrong guy! Had I read the others first that might have been different. But it was a good enough read to get me interested in the sequels, all of which I loved. Perhaps it's not the best of the bunch but it's worth reading for background if nothing else.
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LOVED this book!
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A very nice read and a great series.
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Exciting and Fun!
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First time I have read a book by this aurthor. The book was real good. Couln't hardly lay it down.
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This is the first book in a series about Elena who was bitten by her fiance 10 years prior. She's never forgiven him for turning her into a werewolf. She spends most of the book angry, bitching and complaining about her plight and never thinking of anyone but herself. I found this to be very annoying and almost didn't finish the book.
I had the second book in this series, Stolen, on my wishlist but removed it after finishing this one. Don't think I can stand anymore of her whining.
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I enjoyed this book and the second, but some of the others seem to drag on.
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Awesome!
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Great Book!
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I seen the show based on this series and so far this book almost went with the show but there was more in the book. It was good but like I said I seen the show and it went along with it.
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Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman. She lives with her 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 desparate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must reckon with who, and what, she is.
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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 reckon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.
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Great book - looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Very good read
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Great followup to Stolen, the sequel is about more werewolves.
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book is slightly used--but still a GREAT read!!