Author: Kelly Armstrong
Publication Year: 2001
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman. She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.
Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel that begins the Women of the Otherworld series.
As a Canadian, I’ve obviously heard lots about Armstrong’s books before. Lots of my friends read and love her work, and have been telling me for years that I should give them a try.
I read the books in her YA trilogies (Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising) based in the same world as the Women of the Otherworld series a few months back, and I was really looking forward to starting this book. Once I did, I was sad that I’d waited so long to get around to it.
In the beginning of Bitten, I didn’t like Elena much. She was unhappy, and it seemed to be really obvious to the reader – but not to her – that it was of her own doing. She was trying so hard to convince herself that she could just assimilate and pretend to be someone she wasn’t, hiding herself, and it was frustrating to watch that even for just a little bit.
Once she left Toronto and met up with the other werewolves, everything shifted. Elena was very obviously more happy, and I really started to warm up to her and the rest of the Pack. I got invested in them, and in them wanting to figure out what was happening and stop it. The characters were all intriguing in their own way, and I kept wanting to turn the page to find out more about them.
By the end of Bitten, I was completely hooked. I was excited to read the rest of the series, and I think you will be, too.