Title: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Release Date: September 25th, 2001
My Rating: 5/5
(Note: This is an ADULT book. I don't usually review adult books on the blog, but I'm making an exception solely for the Women of the Otherworld Challenge)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.
I couldn't stop thinking this book.
It dominated my mind for days afterwards. I searched for any story involving Elena and Clay, and read them all with fervor. And the best part? I'd already read them all before. I think it's pretty amazing that rereading a story could have such an impact on me. That is the sign of one excellent book, and tons of amazing characters.
When I first read this book, I was fifteen. It was one of the first adult books I'd ever read, and it is, to this day, one of my favorites. I found myself completely addicted to the novel. I was committed to finding out the outcome of Clay and Elena's tumultuous relationship, and who was behind the attacks on the Pack members. I wanted to be a part of this loving, hilarious Pack, and take a trip to the seemingly gorgeous Stonehaven. Everything about this novel drew me in, and Kelley Armstrong's creativity and writing style made me realize the potential of adult books. As soon as I finished the novel, I went out and bought the second, then third, then fourth and so on until I came to a halt having to order the ninth book. I just loved everything about them, and I simply couldn't get enough of the Otherworld.
Bitten is probably my favorite of the series, simply because I love Elena and Clay. They have such amazing chemistry, and adorable wit I couldn't help but love them both. It was a great way to start off this amazing series, and I can't wait to re-read it again and again.
- Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
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