Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
- Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction -
reviewed by Tara SG
eBook purchased via Amazon.com
Book Order (Women of the Otherworld)
For the complete list of book and short stories, go here.
Author’s Website : www.kelleyarmstrong.com
This book in 6 words:
action-packed and sexy werewolf mystery
Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?
I read this because it was picked by Blogs with Bite and I’ve been meaning to catch up with reviewing with them. (I was too tired when I got home from work last night to write a review, so this is a day late.) I had also heard that the series was good, so I was looking forward to jumping into it. I was a little worried about liking this book since I’m not a huge werewolf fan. Don’t get me wrong, I like shifters in my books, but I just don’t normally go out looking for them. I was surprised at how much I really liked this book and how quickly I was captivated by the lead character. I’ve already picked up the second in the series and hope to start it this weekend.
I thought the plot was original, which completely surprised me because I expected it to be more similar to Stray by Rachel Vincent. Since I don’t read a lot of werewolf based books, I can’t say whether or not the mythology is completely original, however, I hadn’t read any books with this exact brand of were and I liked it a lot. The mystery was well-done and had me guessing until the end. I usually hate love triangles and always know who I want them to pick, but it really worked here. And while I had a favorite, I wasn’t completely sold until the end.
The pacing was perfect. I was hooked from the prologue and had a hard time putting the book down (luckily I was able to finish it the second day). The romance and mystery were aligned so that you were never bored and were always at the edge of your seat (and maybe a little warm after the steamy scenes…).
I loved Elena! Here is another strong female lead that I didn’t find annoying! She has her flaws, but you learn to like them and hope that she stops battling against who she really is. I found myself laughing with (or at) her during the highs and my chest aching during the lows.
The boys are just as amazing. Clay will make you swoon at some points and then want to punch him in the face. Jeremy is a wonderful leader and father figure and I’m very much so looking forward learning more about him.
My battle is as futile as a woman feeling the first pangs of labor and deciding it’s an inconvenient time to give birth. Nature wins out. It always does.
- This is a line from the first paragraph and probably the moment I knew that I would love this book and author.
I didn’t call Philip, but it wasn’t because I felt guilty. I didn’t call him because I knew I should feel guilty and, since I couldn’t, it didn’t seem right to call. Does that make sense? Probably not.
- This did make sense. It is real and complicated.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who reads Urban Fantasy or Paranormal. I’ll probably try to get Amanda to give it a try, but I’m honestly not sure if pure mystery lovers would enjoy this or not.