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Bitten (Women of the Otherworld 1) [Paperback]

Kelley Armstrong
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! July 5 2005
By Saya
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was never a fan of horror or the supernatural genre. Kelley Armstrong changed all that. As I was doing my usual browsing in the store, not really having a particular book in mind, I picked this up because I'd heard of Kelley Armstrong and reading the back it sounded intriguing. I figured if I bought it I could read it anytime the mood struck. Well, as I walked around with the book in hand getting ready to buy it two people stopped me in the store (complete strangers) and told me how amazing the book was! That's never happened to me before. So I bought it, let it sit on my bookshelf for a couple of weeks and finally got around to reading it. From the first page I was hooked! I mean I've tried reading Anne Rice and she bores me to tears, but this was AMAZING! As soon as I finished it I ordered all of Armstrong's books on amazon and cannot wait to start reading her other books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the supernatural genre, chick lit, mysteries, action and just plain fun reads! I read the book in 2 days, unfortunately having to go to work in between...don't you hate it when work interupts a good story?! Definate must read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid read, worth the time and money March 27 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Coming into this from a Laurell K. Hamilton link, I was looking for something to round out my order to get free shipping. I thought supporting a Canadian author would be both virtuous and potentially rewarding. I was right to take a chance on this one.
Ms. Armstrong doesn't heat up the sheets like "Anita Blake", but neither do her characters get weighed down in maudlin self-pity for hundred of pages. Both attributes work to the advantage of this comfortably large read. The plot isn't complicated, but it makes sense and extends throughout the book. The relationship between the female lead and her blond-haired lover is traditionally angst-filled in the best style of romance novels. Just enough time is spent on fleshing out the personalities involved, allowing enough unanswered to merit further writing while filling in enough blanks to make the characters make sense. The world presented is interesting and a step different from many others in the genre. I could wish for a stronger female lead, but I see the potential for growth which makes her, and this author, worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made me excited about reading again May 18 2005
By Mousie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Was lent a copy of "Bitten" by a friend, told was something i might like. Was she ever right, this book was fantastic. A little slow to start with, but then WOW!!. I was hooked, couldn't put it down. Once finished, went out and bought the next 3 in the series. Can't wait for the 4th.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, an eye-opener! Aug. 20 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before Bitten, I'd never read anything vaguely in the paranormal/werewolf/witch/supernatural genre. I'm a steadfast sci-fi fan. But Bitten changed all that. Not only does Kelley Armstrong paint a vivid picture of the "hidden" supernatural society, she also brings to life the intricacies of the social bonds that make us human. Co-dependent relationships, dominating life partners, abused childhoods...all of these as true as anything else that we read in our daily newspapers. She brings a fresh new way of looking at these - doesn't matter if you have superpowers, you still have to experience pain.

The book was an eye opener in many ways. While I cringed at Clay's anti-social behavior, I couldn't help but note that he really is Elena's perfect mate. Sure, he drives her snarling mad, but don't all our partners do that at one time or the other?

Definitely a must-have!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The TV Series is Better Aug. 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the TV series. The first season was just outstanding. So I went back to read the novel. What I really liked about the TV show was Elena's strength and Laura Vandervoort's cool, badass portrayal of her character. However, this aspect of Elena's persona only shows up at the end of Kelley Armstrong's novel, with Elena's decision to rescue her kidnapped Clay. Up till then Elena had been a big disappointment; too mushy, romantic and anti-feminist. The scripting of the TV series was a re-imagining. It took what was little better than a harlequin romance and turned it into an intriguing adventure. Minor characters and plot lines from the novel got much better treatment on screen. The main focal point of the book, the interplay between Elena and Clay; those long-winded descriptions of salacious sex, seemed targeted more towards female readers. The TV series, on the other hand, was a balance of many other elements (Pack Law, Jeremy's leadership, Logan's girlfriend's pregnancy, the relationship between Stonehaven and the townspeople, etc.) and succeeds in appealing to a much broader audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves with Bite July 28 2014
The author created an interesting concept with the pack. In the past I've never been a big fan of the werewolf portion of the urban fantasy genre. They've always been featured as lowly, primal and somewhat unintelligent when in their wolf form (sometimes human too). This breaks away from a hunk of that, not completely, but enough to create a real human connection as well as a bit of an animal one. The pack, to the characters, is a family and we all know what that means when a family is threatened.

Elena is a lone she-wolf - in a way. She's something between Anita Blake and Rachel Morgan. She's a regular girl whose gone through extraordinary things and is now part of a world that has certain binding and rigid rules.

The character development surrounding this quick-witted woman, who was tough but also flawed, was something to admire. You couldn't help but laugh with her sharp sarcasm and adore the awkward situations she happens to get herself into. With all this, there's action, intrigue, a diverse mystery and a romance that wasn't exactly predictable. I didn't think I'd like this when I first opened the pages but ended up loving this novel and you're darn-skippy that I'll be getting the second one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars however one must like the different
Interesting fantasy, goor reading, however one must like the different. The issues might be with those who are werewolves but this condition can be easily naunced into the world of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ANTHONY MAPP
5.0 out of 5 stars The original Clay and Elena story
This book was a great prelude to the new tv series. Finding out how Clay came to be was amazing.
Published 3 months ago by Romantic at <3
3.0 out of 5 stars Was ok
The concept of this story was good, the grammar and punctuation, and spelling were 99%, however, this story could have been better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pandora
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Content
Great supernatural writer, from my home and native land, who breathes new life into the classic horror creatures - with 3D characters that are engaging, and draw you into their... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clifford C Burton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read by a great author
To be honest, I was a little worried when beginning to read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Not only is it a very long series but it was also classified under the Horror section at the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sam Couture Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Face Paced, Exciting, Action Adventure
Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer. Her books are face paced and exciting from cover to cover. Her books are addictive; you can't read just one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tina Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first Book
BITTEN is a well paced romp in the urban Fantasy genre. Kelley Armstrong has created an interesting universe, with very bad bad guys... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bootsy Bass
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
Where do I begin??

As a Torontonian ... wow. So disappointed.

The narrative was mind-numbingly boring. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ms. Mac
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok.
This was an o.k. waste of time. It was well written and the characters were developed decently enough. The story itself wasn't great but it was decent first go. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
The whole Women of the Otherworld series is fantastic. Very engrossing with strong, interesting female leads. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jessica Z
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