"Dark Fantasy told by its compelling werewolf heroine"

Elena is a werewolf. Although she tries to fit into the human world by leaving the pack who had taught her how to live as both human and wolf, she cannot escape from her wolf nature. She is unnaturally strong, she must eat far more than a typical human and worst of all, she has to Change about once a week. Despite all this, she allows her human boyfriend, Philip, to move in with her and tries to assimilate herself into his very normal life.

When she is summoned to return to the pack to help with an emergency situation, she feels she must obey. She dreads returning to the world she had left and fears getting caught up once again and forgetting her "human" life. She also fears being reunited with Clay, the man who bit her, thus bringing her into what she sees as a cursed life. Clay, on the other hand, embraces his wolf nature and longs for her to do the same. Even after 10 years, he has not given up on the idea that they will eventually marry. Once reunited with the pack, Elena must help them track down a group of mutts (non-Pack werewolves) who want to destroy the pack and all its protective rules. She must also sort through her own feelings about Clay and her desire to lead a normal human life which conflicts with the peace she feels when she is with the pack.

BITTEN is going on my list of all time favorite books. I thoroughly enjoyed Elena's voice and felt compelled to cheer her on, give her advice, and admonish her as she sorted out what she wanted in life. The other characters seem quite real as well. I can't wait to read more about them in the sequel, STOLEN, which is scheduled for release in October 2002.

I enjoyed Elena's first person narrative, because her opinions of others changed over the course of the book but instead of needing to be told this, I could see it through her reactions and descriptions. I would highly recommend BITTEN especially to fans of werewolf novels though I would caution that it is a dark fantasy with detailed descriptions of violence, so if this bothers the reader, it might not be the book for you.

Sarah Neal May 2002 For PNR Reviews

Reviewed by Sarah Neal
Posted June 14, 2002


An addictive, deeply enjoyable thrill ride on the frontier of the feral and feminine...a debut novel of astonishing imaginative power from the future queen of suspense. Elena Michaels slips out of bed, careful not to wake her boyfriend. He hates it when she disappears in the middle of the night, and can't understand why any normal woman would crave the small hours of the morning, the dark unsafe downtown streets. But Elena's skin is tingling, the pent-up energy feels like it's about to blow her muscles apart -- she can't put it off any longer. She loves to run at the edge of the city, but she doesn't have time to get there. She has to slink into an alley, take off her clothes and hide them carefully, and make the Change.

Elena's trying hard to be normal. She hates her strength, and her wildness, and her hunger for food, for sex, for running in the night, for the chase and the kill. She wants a husband, children...even a mother-in-law. Or at least that's what she tells herself.

And then the inevitable happens. The Pack needs her. The Pack she loves and hates is under siege from a bunch of disreputable and ruthless mutts who are threatening to expose them all, breaking all the rules that have kept them safe. The loyalty of her nature calls her home, and into the fight, which tests just who Elena is: the wild woman or the wistful would-be human.

Genre: Urban Fantasy


(Otherworld: Book 1)
by Kelley Armstrong

Viking Press
September 1, 2001
Available: September 27, 2001
ISBN #0670894710
EAN #9780670894710
400 pages
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Kelley Armstrong

Spell Bound
The Gathering
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The Eternal Kiss: 12 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire
The Awakening
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Made to Be Broken
Men of the Otherworld
Living with the Dead
Blood Lite
The Summoning
Personal Demon
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Many Bloody Returns
No Humans Involved
Dates From Hell
Industrial Magic
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