Mini-Review: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong

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Hello Avid Readers. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Bitten (Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong.

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’d already read and enjoyed her zombie short stories and thought I’d try her highly popular Otherworld series.

What’s Bitten about?

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Mini-Review: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) by Kelley ArmstrongMy Rating:
Title: Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #1
on 1 May, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 448

"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.

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.

Source: Bought
Review Format: eBook
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What did I think about Bitten?

Frustrating Main Character But Good Overall 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. Running away instead of facing her fears as she had done (apparently) when she’d been a child. Elena blamed one person for all of the “bad things” in her life instead of taking personal responsibility like an adult. Plus, she claimed to love her boyfriend but continually showed in her thoughts and actions that she clearly didn’t.

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

The other characters were great!

I thought the differences between Pack and Mutts was a little “good or evil” clichéd. However, I liked 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.

About Kelley Armstrong

image of Author Kelley Armstrong - Photo credit: Kathryn Hollinrake

Kelley Armstrong believes experience is the best teacher, though she’s been told this shouldn’t apply to writing her murder scenes. To craft her books, she has studied aikido, archery and fencing. She sucks at all of them. She has also crawled through very shallow cave systems and climbed half a mountain before chickening out. She is however an expert coffee drinker and a true connoisseur of chocolate-chip cookies.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini-review. I know Bitten didn’t rock my world but I hope I’ve sparked your interest.

Bye for now,

Flora x

About Me

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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