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Flora’s Mini Book Reviews… Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong


Hello Avid Readers,

Sometimes, when I read a book I don’t write a full review, I just write a paragraph or two to publish on Amazon and Goodreads; especially if it’s a book with thousands of reviews already. But I want to build up my blog to be THE place to go to for paranormal romance fans, so I should really post those smaller reviews on here too, right?

I chose to read this book as the author, Kelley Armstrong, is one of the attending authors at RARE19 in London on 21st September. I had already read and enjoyed her zombie short stories and thought to try her highly popular Otherworld series.

So with that in mind, today, I want to share my thoughts about…


Bitten (Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

‘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 forever.

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.
When a series of brutal murders threatens the Pack – and Clay – 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.


A Main Character That Frustrated Me But Good Plot

I thought that this book was OK. It would have earned more stars if I hadn’t hated the heroine so much. I only enjoy stories where the main female character is intelligent, resilient, resourceful and displays plenty of gumption; Elena fell way short in my view. She was too much like an adolescent in her world view, though process and actions. She ran away instead of facing her fears as she had done (apparently) when she’d been a child, she blamed one person for all of the “bad things” in her life instead of taking personal responsibility like an adult, she claimed to love her boyfriend but continually showed in her thoughts and actions that she clearly didn’t and

Yes she realised some of her gung-ho mistakes as she made them and admitted her self-delusion but it was right at the end, the final few pages, which was too little too late to change my opinion of her.

I liked the other characters, I thought the differences between Pack and Mutts was a little “good or evil” clichéd but like that a couple of the Mutt characters were more complex. I really liked Clay; my kind of Alpha main character (yum) ;-). I may read the next book in this series as I thought the paranormal world Ms Armstrong has created is interesting but I won’t be rushing out to buy it yet.


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(5) Comments

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  3. I read one more but was just not into the series. I couldn’t get over my dislike of Elena.

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  5. I read a fair bit of this series and enjoyed it, I didn’t like the TV adaption though

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