Friday, January 6, 2012
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: 2001
Bitten, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series, is written from the perspective of Elena Michaels, the only known female werewolf. Since running away from the Pack, Elena has been trying to live a normal human life, repressing her werewolf side. When she gets called back to help deal with trouble on Pack territory, she finds herself once again torn between two worlds, and two men.
I just re-read this book because I'm planning to read the rest of the series soon, and I remembered that I'd enjoyed the book when I first read it years ago, but it was even better than I remembered. Elena is a great main character. She's strong and independent, but also flawed. I found I could really sympathise with her struggles between the human man who represents her desire for a normal life but can never know her secret, and the man she can't resist, but whom she can't forgive for his betrayal.
I also love the mythology in this book. I've always preferred werewolves that are people who actually turn into wolves, rather than weird half-human half-wolf things. I also like how they have the natural instincts of wolves, and that even affects their behaviour in human form.
5 stars. I'm really looking forward to finally reading the rest of this series!