Bitten (Women of the Otherworld Series #1)

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld Series #1)

by Kelley Armstrong
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think Armstrong could've started out her "Women of the Otherworld Series" any better. This is one of her best books ever. This book inspires fear, hope, and so many other emotions its hard to count. She never lets you down with this first book and she never falters to let you care about the characters. Every single one of them. I highly recommend it for a good urban fantasy with some heartbreaking romance on the side.
marywalker31 More than 1 year ago
In Kelly Armstrong's book, Bitten, the reader will be pulled into a completely different world filled with drama, action, and romance. The main characters Elena and Clay have a love hate relationship that many people could relate too. Their constant fighting and drama will catch the attention of the reader. This book is so different from all the other werewolf books because it relates back to real human life and the struggles, but of course adding the twist of a werewolf life as well. This is the type of book that the reader will not be able to put down. Page after page it gets more and more intense as the fight for territory, revenge, and the only female werewolf unravels. This is an unending story, leaving the last page of the book as open interpretation. The only way to find out what happens next is to continue reading the series to find out more to this intense story of Elena and Clay. Armstrong's words just fly off the page and gives the reader very vivid images and grab their attention. This book will pull the reader into a world of unending imagination. While reading Bitten, the reader themselves will feel as if they are a character in the story as well, imagining what it would be like to actually be their fighting, going through "the change", and living everyday life as one of them. This is the first book of a series that will change the way the reader looks at "Women of the other world."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Kelley Armstrong's style of writing. She can capture the reader and keep them hooked. I couldn't put this book down until I reached the end, then I went and bought the whole Otherworld series. She has a great balance of drama, mystery, romance, and fantasy. This is definitely a book I will read many times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bitten happens to be my first paranormal book and I really enjoyed it. I would talk to my family and friends about it and get them into Bitten too. I love how it's not the men that's always saving the day, but the women this time. Very Romantic and love the action. Kept me reading more and want me know more about what is going on. I don't think there's a word for me to descibe how good this book is to me.
ReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
#1 in the Otherworld Series, I picked up Bitten because there was much praise given it by fans and other authors. I enjoyed the concept, and a couple characters stood out, including Clay, Elena's werewolf love, and Jeremy, the werewolf Alpha pack leader; however, I found that Elena seemed to lack true character depth. She had a very hard life growing up, and her first true love, Clay, but her and turned her into a werewolf. She despised him for many years. The danger to Elena's life comes when Jeremy calls her back to Stonehaven, away from her life in Toronto--where she is trying to live a normal life, with a human fiancé, a job, and an apartment--to help control some pesky mutts (werewolves without a pack) that are causing trouble and killing humans. The details in both the fighting and the sexual scenes felt very blaze and left me thinking "that's it"? Her relationship with Clay and the pack members is clear, and she proves to be an asset, but from the very first page to the very last, I found myself uninterested through an adult perspective. If I had read Bitten as a 16-year old, I would've enjoyed it. Very good plot and a few characters stand solid to continue as fascinating characters, but overall I wasn't impressed with the bland writing style. This is definitely a teen book in my opinion. Not captivating enough as a paranormal romance novel for mature adults.
sjsanchez More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was off beat and the characters are entertaining. It took me a while to become engrossed in the book but once it picked up I couldnt put it down. Clay and Elena are definitely a facinating couple.
willowhalliday More than 1 year ago
Of all the recent Fantasy/Thriller novels flooding our world, Kelley Armstrong's "Bitten", is definitely one of the better ones. It is not fussy or overwritten and there is nothing amateur about it. I wanted to read this book. As I was browsing through my library I came across two more of Kelley Armstrong's books that I had forgotten I owned. Shame on me. They are now on my TBR pile.
SeeMichelleRead More than 1 year ago
After simply loving the fantastic timing and characters in Kelley Armstrong's The Awakening and The Summoning, I thought I'd check out her backlist to see if her adult novels were just as good. I knew in picking up Bitten that I'd be getting a werewolf novel (perfect timing for Halloween) but didn't know much else. What I stumbled into was a complex and very character driven story about a strong female werewolf, trying to build a life for herself outside of the Pack. Since werewolves are only born male, Elena was bitten (against her will) and has never really gotten past that little detail. Even though her Pack has helped her try to accept this new part of her life, she's determined to break all ties with them in favor of trying to make it on her own in the city. She does pretty good for a while, even moving in with her boyfriend Phillip - a kind and patient man who has absolutely no idea what she really is. That is until the Alpha Jeremy calls asking for help and her return does she start to panic. Even though she's been gone more than a year, Elena still hasn't really sorted out her feelings about being a werewolf or her fellow wolves. She really doesn't know what to do about Clay, Jeremy's foster son, the man who stole her heart but who ends up breaking it since he tends to act more like a wolf than a man. Unwillingly, Elena returns to help the Pack only to discover they are on the brink of an all-out war with loner-wolves who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Elena's story moves at a fast clip with plenty of action and some truly memorable characters to lead the way. Unfortunately, as I got more settled into Bitten, I continued to have issues with a few aspects Elena's story. The characterizations are all there and there were even some really good Pack dynamics happening - I just couldn't get over my irritation with Elena. That's not to say I didn't like her at all, I actually did - she's had some pretty rough things happen in her life and has come out a strong, determined woman - very admirable, but I couldn't stand the way she treated Clay and Phillip. I mean, I know Elena had moved away, trying to make a clean break from her life with the Pack and had set up shop with Phillip; but when things change does she break it off with Phillip or even ask for some time apart? No, the girl doesn't know what she wants (somewhat understandable) and so continues to keep both men stringing along. Very bad form. I understand that there was a lot going on to distract her from making up her mind, but she was so dang slow about it just ended up hurting my head. Probably part of the reason is because I became super attached to Clay. Southern drawl and all, the man is a total package so just maybe, I might have ended becoming a little defensive where he was concerned. That said, Bitten spun an intriguing story full of what I like best: believable characters - I just wish some had acted a little differently.
ShezWickedBabii More than 1 year ago
DrJohnnyBGood More than 1 year ago
Armstrong does a remarkable job in introducing her world with this first book. Her writing style really fills in the gaps of each character as if you known Elena, the main character, and others for years. The fact that she pokes in small stories or flashbacks as the story progresses makes it as if your reliving the character's life. Not only, but she also pokes in werewolf history and culture in her stories so not even the reader is left with a question mark or an overly scratched head. Armstrong truly made her book original and stand out from the rest. Personally, this book has become a well weaved novel that not only does its duty as a great romance book, but contains a plot and a story line hidden behind the pages that truly deems this a great book overall. Armstrong also does a great way of communicating her thoughts while leaving you chuckling at the sarcastic humor that covers each page. I will definitely say that this is a must read for all werewolf romance readers.
DSlaughter More than 1 year ago
After reading quite a few other books with werewoves involved I really wasn't a big fan of the fury things. After reading Ms Armstongs version of werewolves I am hooked! The whole series is great (currently on book 6) and I plan to read every book she has wrote.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
In all my reading, and I read a lot, there's no love story to compare to that between Clay and Elena. I love all the Women of the Otherworld novels, but there's not a story among them that's as powerful as Armstrong's first, "Bitten." Elena is a young woman torn between the normal life she wants and the supernatural world she craves. Bitten and turned into a werewolf by the man she loves, Elena has left that world to find her place among the humans. On call, though, drags her back into the life that she's tried so hard to leave behind, and the arms of the man who she feels betrayed her. Armstrong presents the age-old story of werewolves in a new light that is all her own. They're sexy and smart and completely enthralling. There's nothing more appealing to me than a story built around a woman who can kick butt and "Bitten" delivers. Strong emotions, but the strongest is love and forgiveness. You won't be disappointed. (not for kids)
cryptaknight More than 1 year ago
So, I came into Bitten having read nearly all of the other books in the Women of the Otherworld series. In fact, the books with Elena narrating are the only ones I haven't read. It was very interesting to read this one, knowing it was the first in the series and already knowing in broader strokes who major players like Elena, Clayton, Jeremy, and Karl, are.

The narration in this book is much darker than in her more recent works, where the women seem more vibrant and infused with personality, and it took me a few chapters to get comfortable. Once I got used to Elena's voice, however, I found that I quite liked that it was not so light in tone. Elena's story is darker, for one thing. She struggles with a difficult childhood and a terrible betrayal as an adult, as well as her dual life as a werewolf, and so the darker tone in appropriate, I think. I remember not liking Paige as much, right away (Dimestore Magic was the first Armstrong I read); I think I actually came to like Elena more quickly, or maybe I just found her easier to relate to than sheltered girly girl Paige.

Elena's first story, which focuses on her return to the Pack when it is threatened by a group of outsiders, is really about her coming to grips with herself, not only as a werewolf, but who she is as a person. She has to learn to accept certain things about her nature, and reconcile her past with her life now. She also has to resolve her feelings for Clay, the wolf who she fell in love with, and who betrayed her in the worst way possible, by making her a werewolf without his consent. I found her personal journey just as compelling as the more action-oriented parts of the plot.

There were a few elements in the book that I struggled with. One, the infidelity. Elena has constructed a human life for herself, living with a human man and holding down a regular job. When she returns to the Pack, her feelings for Clay resurface, and while she struggles with the emotional side, she easily gives in to the physical. I think having suffered infidelity in a serious relationship in own life, I find it very difficult to sympathize with those who commit it. The other issue I had was learning to like Clay. I see his biting Elena without her consent as a form of rape, worse than anything her foster fathers did because she trusted him and loved him, and rather than offering her a choice she might well have taken, he made the decision for her. Elena eventually decides that being a werewolf is a good thing for her, but she was still made one without the opportunity to say yes or no. In the long run, I just had to buy into Elena's way of thinking, and roll with her decisions.

Overall, though, I thought Bitten was excellent. The plot revolving around the Pack was full of action, but Elena's emotional journey was the meat of the story for me. I'm very glad I finally picked this book up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to know what it would feel like to be a werewolf or dog, there is no more accurate rendition of that feeling...I'm sure..than the one described by Kelley Armstrong. What a thrilling story and to learn that it is her first, that blew me away. Not only are her story lines exciting in 'Bitten' and 'Stolen' the second book, but I think what I enjoy most is her description of all the senses that a werewolf/dog experiences. This book was an unexpected surprise....A MUST READ! PS. it's gruesome, exciting, sexy and thrilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great story w/ very few slow spots. I trully loved the book and I'm happy to hear there is a sequel to it... can't wait to read it as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the very ending I lived, slept even breathed the book. I enjoyed the book very thoroughly and even went back and read it a second time before starting a new one. When I heard there was a sequel I rushed out and bought it full price. This is the most amazing book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly a great story. I first noticed the authors second book, which looked very interesting. Of course I wanted to start at the I read Bitten. It was definately not what I expected at all. But I am soooooo glad I read it. What a great twist on an old story. Kudos to Kelly Armstrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. If you are looking to get into werewolve culture, this is the book to read. You'll enjoy it's face paced and savage nature. You won't be able to put it down untill it's done!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read. The plot flows perfectly, the characters are believable, and the writing style flows so nicely that pages just melt by. Armstrong has done everything perfectly in every way. Usually books in a series leave things hanging, but Armstrong wraps everything up aimiably. This is one of the greatest literary achievements, and I recommend you don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Lon Chaney to teenagers to an American in London to more recently a cadre of dog soldiers, werewolves have long been a staple of the motion picture horror genre, but have trailed far behind vampires in popularity among authors and readers of print fiction. For anyone fortunate enough to come across this gem of a story, however, that lagging popularity should change. Ms. Armstrong evokes a thoroughly believable othersociety were good manifests the human qualities of love, honor, and personal sacrifice while confrounting the equally human evil of murder, mayhem, greed, and betrayal. I read the book in just two marathon sessions and as the last words faded into my memory, two thoughts immediately came to mind: first, that for the sake of our peace of mind, if not our blood pressure, we must come to some accomodation with those aspects of our lives that we cannot change, no matter how disagreeable they may be; and second, so skilled is the author at portrayal of this othersociety that I was fascinated by the possibility of living as a Pack member, able to leap tall walls in a single bound, heal quickly, romp with Elena, Jeremy, Clay and the other members on the grounds of Stonehaven, and, of course, keep those mutts in line. Bring on the sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! The characters are great and interesting. It has a great story and the characters are so... well lets just say I fell in love with Clay and Jeremy. Elena the main character of the book is a really strong female and doesn't apologize for her behavior. It is fast paced and engaging read. Highly recommend. I loved it so much I had to order the next book Stolen from canada b/c I couldn't wait for it to be released in the US.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wounderful book I read this and I just couldn't take my eyes off of it. I had to keep on reading again and no matter what it was soooo great. WHenn I saw this book I thought Hey why not? I'm a little board and this may just let me read a little bit. I was taken aback to find out that this is Kelly's first book I can not wait to get ahold of her next book and I hope it will be just as good. Kelly keep up the fantastic job please I beg you to keep on writing I think I am now addicted to your books
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy stories about vampires, witches, werewolves or other supernatural beings living with us "humans" you will enjoy this novel. The main character Elena is struggling to fit into normal society while trying to resist the lure of her pack and werewolf lover. The story is fast paced and slightly predictable, but a good read and sure to be a great series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Goodness Gracious- this book rocks! it was amazing, Jeremy and Clay were perfectly written, and Elena was surperb!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I fell in love with both Clay AND Jeremy. Loved the dialog. Plenty of passion, romance, sex, humor, tension, gore. And the story was great. I loved the justice Elena meted out. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Can't wait for Ms. Armstrong's second book, STOLEN.