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category: Fiction
published: Sep 2002
ISBN:9780770429096

Bitten

by Kelley Armstrong

4.5 of 5
2 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $10.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: Sep 2002
ISBN:9780770429096
Description

An erotically charged, addictive thriller from the future queen of suspense.

Living in Toronto for a year, Elena is leading the normal life she has always dreamed of, including a stable job as a journalist and a nice apartment shared with her boyfriend. As the lone female werewolf in existence, only her secret midnight prowls and her occasional inhuman cravings set her apart. Just one year ago, life was very different. Adopted by the Pack when bitten, Elena had spent years struggling with her resentment at having her life stolen away. Torn between two worlds, and overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, her only option for control was to deny her awakening needs and escape.

But now the Pack has called Elena home to help them fight an alliance of renegade werewolves who are bent on exposing and annihilating the Pack. And although Elena is obliged to rejoin her "family," she vows not to be swept up in Pack life again, no matter how natural it might feel. She has made her choice. Trouble is, she's increasingly uncertain if it's the right one.

An erotically charged thriller, Bitten will awaken the voracious appetite of every reader, as the age-old battle between man and beast, between human and inhuman forces, comes to a head in one small town and within one woman's body.

Contributor Notes

Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children. Her second novel, Stolen, will be published in hardcover by Random House Canada in 2002.

Editorial Review

“[T]his debut novel from a Canadian writer proves that solid storytelling and confident craftsmanship can rejuvenate one of the hoariest of all horror clichés. … Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice’s sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story.” -- Publishers Weekly
“. . . it’s as smooth as cream all the way, sure to gain fans.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“[An] impressive debut thriller. . . . Kelley Armstrong is very good on the sheer exhilaration of shape-changing, of running on four feet through forests, suburban greenery and urban back alleys.” -- Amazon UK

"[I]t's terrific. I'm a sucker for this kind of novel anyway, and the heroine is the most appealing I have come across in ages. It's clever, quirky, hip and funny, skating between genres with style and grace. More please!" -- Joanne Harris

'There is nothing overtly gothic about this fast-paced, sexy thriller and its model contemporary heroine -- it's just that she's a werewolf who is trying to make a go of things among humans. -- Bookseller (UK)

"A hair-raising story for the she-wolf in us all." -- Shannon Olson, author of Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken

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Book one in a strong urban fantasy series

When I first picked up Bitten, I found it hard to believe that I had somehow missed this great Canadian author for so long. On the positive side, because I had neglected to read Kelley Armstrong's books for so long, I started the Women of the Otherworld series knowing that there was a full series ready for the reading.

Book 1, Bitten, is a strong start to a great urban fantasy series. In Bitten we are introduced to the werewolves, and in successive books, new characters emerge and intertwine, the point of view changing to focus on other characters. But back to Bitten. It is as strong an urban fantasy novel as any out there. The story is solid. The world making done in a believable fashion, that keeps in its sights the traditional lore of the supernatural, but at the same time reads as something fresh and new.

Elena Michaels definitely fits the role of the kick-ass heroine, but her strengths are balanced by vulnerability as she tries to decide which world she truly belongs in, the supernatural or the human world that was taken from her. The romance element in the story is complicated by the circumstances of her change into a werewolf, and I think Armstrong did a fine job of creating a complex character, who sees her own weaknesses, and instead of ignoring them, eventually tries to face them and come to terms with who she is.

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