Review: Bitten

Review: BittenBitten by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #1
Published by Plume on September 25, 2001
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 436
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Elena Michaels is a werewolf. She tries to be human, 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 reconsider who and what she is.

I determined to read this series (well, I was planning to read it anyway, but I fasttracked it) after enjoying Armstrong’s teen series. One of my friends told me that this series was set in the same world, so I really wanted to find out. Honestly, I am not yet sure on that. Overall, I found this book less interesting than the teen series. I never got particularly interested in what was happening or in the characters. It wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t grip me.

One thing that really confused me was the werewolf gene being only male. Is that a thing genetics does? I mean, maybe it could, but it’s just odd. Really, it seemed like a choice made so that Elena could be the one all of the guys wanted, in order to up the sexy drama of the book.

Elena’s relationships with pretty much every guy in the book also confused me. She has father issues (unsurprising since her parents died when she was young and she was abused by her foster fathers). Even worse perhaps is the sometimes sadomasochistic relationship betwixt herself and Clay. She is as guilty for the situation as he is on some levels, but it made me so uncomfortable to read.

Recommended to paranormal romance fans, perhaps those that liked the Alpha and Omega series (of which I could not even finish the first book). I do not plan to continue with the Women of the Otherworld books, after having read the description for the second book.

4 responses to “Review: Bitten”

  1. Sorry to hear that you won’t be comtinuing with this series, it’s ages since I read this book but I did get into it by about half-way through and enjoyed it.
    I must say that the werewolf genes thingy that means that only males are werewolves was a bit strange, but it also was quite different to other werewolf books that I have read.
    Think I’ll be re-reading this one soon to see what I think now! 🙂

    • Christina says:

      You know, I think I actually might try reading another book or two in this series. I was really creeped out by Elena’s relationships with all of the men basically, but I think this series follows different women each time. And I might really like some of them. I’m not certain yet whether I will, but I like her YA stuff, so it might be worth carrying on.

  2. Daph says:

    I love the idea of shapeshifting I am going to have to give wolves a try:)

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