Overall Impression: A great book from a great author!
First off , let me start by saying, I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong! I started with her more recent ‘The Darkest Powers trilogy’ and was gripped from the start so while waiting for the next set of books in the series I just had to give her other popular ‘Women of the Otherworld series’ a go, of which Bitten is the first installment.
‘I’ve been fighting it all night.
I’m going to lose…Nature wins out.
It always does’
Elena Michaels didn’t know that her lover Clay was a werewolf until he bit her, changing her life for ever. Betrayed and furious, she cannot accept her transformation, and wants nothing to do with her Pack – a charismatic group of fellow werewolves who say they want to help.
But when a series of brutal murders threatens the Pack, Elena is forced to make an impossible choice. Abandon the only people who truly understand her new nature, or help them to save the lover who ruined her life, and who still wants her back at any cost.
The book begins with Elena struggling to live a normal life in the city, with a normal boyfriend and a normal job. However, Elena is not in any way normal. She is a werewolf, the only female werewolf in the world. One day she receives a call from the Alpha of her pack saying he needs her help. So grudgingly she leaves her life in the city to return to Stonehaven, a country estate where the Pack live. Once there she discovered Mutts (exiled werewolf’s that refuse to join the Pack) are in town killing people. The majority of the book is based around trying to round these Mutts up and figure out what their game plan is. At the same time, Elena tries to juggle her normal boyfriend with her ex, Clay, who she has a complicated love-hate relationship with.
I felt like Bitten started quite slowly because their were so many characters to introduce, and the writer had to set the scene for both Elena’s normal life and her life within the Pack, but with that in mind I was still hooked from the beginning. The thing that really makes this book great is the characters who by the end of the book you feel a great affection for. Especially Elena and Clay because of their relationship together. I personally love this book, and I think many others will love it too because of the theme running through it; the internal struggle that many of us face, of who you think you should be, and who you actually are.
I love Kelley Armstrong’s books so much because for me, they stand out from all the other supernatural books out there. She doesn’t just base her entire book on a powerful romance, but constructs a clever, gripping story that will have (me at least) reading non stop till 5am! Granted, her stories aren’t all that different, but somehow she manages to put a fresh spin on everything she writes, and creates sassy, strong, characters, that are vulnerable at the same time.
I would recommend this book to young adults 16 and upwards, as it’s not so much a happy fluffy bunny story, but a mature, and at some points gruesome tale.Reviews for the next books in the series will pop up here eventually, once I’ve read them. 🙂
Writing Style: 5/5
Character Development: 4/5
Would I recommend this book? Yes