I just finished the book “Bitten” by Kelley Armstrong. I was up reading until 5 in the morning trying to finish it because it was so awesome. It’s one of those books where you get towards the end and there is so much happening that you just can’t put it down! Thank goodness I am not working right now.
This book is about a woman named Elena Michaels. She lives in Canada, writes for a newspaper, and lives with her boyfriend. Her nice human boyfriend. What her boyfriend doesn’t know is that Elena is a werewolf. BAM!
Elena has been living in the city for a year now. She left her Pack to have a normal human life, like she had planned when she was younger. Elena didn’t have a family, her parents died when she was a child and the government threw her into the system instead of handing her over to her aunt. All Elena wanted in her life was a family to call her own. You know the whole husband and 2.5 kids. But that was ripped away from her when she fell in love with Clay. Clay is the werewolf that turned her, but the funny thing is, Elena is also the only female werewolf to ever exist. She hates Clay now or at least tries to tell herself she does.
Elena is fighting to forget what she is and to grabbed on to her dream of a family when she gets a phone call from her Pack alpha asking her to return. There is trouble with some unaligned werewolves and only Elena has the sniffer strong enough to catch their scent.
I really liked this book. It started a little slow and it took a few chapters for me to really get into it. I think Elena’s human life was really boring and it wasn’t until she reunited with her Pack that things got interesting. She has the perfect human life with a kind boyfriend and a great job, but she can’t be herself while she is in the human world. Once she returns to her Pack, just for a few days to settle the trouble, she is free to be who she should be.
I instantly fell in love with Clay. He is the typical “perfect guy” in every book. He is tall, gorgeous, and while he has a mean streak he is super protective of Elena. Of course he is still in love with Elena. You know as soon as she sees Clay after a year of being gone that she does love him too, but she can’t let go of the past and the fact that he is the one that changed her. She is always complaining about how he stole her dream life from her.
Here is where I got annoyed. Elena belongs to this Pack of wonderful men. None of them are after her for sex, other than Clay but he also loves her. They all just want to keep her safe and they treat her like family. That’s exactly what they are. They are Elena’s family, but for some reason she refuses to see it that way. She is always talking about how she had wanted to get married and all this other stuff that any girl dreams of, but she doesn’t see what is right in front of her. Since she is the only female werewolf she is surrounded by strong men. You could think of them as uncles and brothers.
Elena talks about how Clay stole her dream, but really he gave her a family that could never leave her. Of course, by the end of the book (spolier!!) she realizes this and the fact that she is in love with Clay. For some reason all the wild sex out in the woods doesn’t help her in seeing this. She only sees it when Clay’s life is in danger. Typical right?
Another thing that bothered me about the book was the size of the Pack. It was never clear if there were other Packs, but I understood it as Elena’s Pack was the only one. By the end of the book there are only 5 people in this Pack and honestly, that doesn’t seem like much of a Pack to me. I feel like there should be more werewolves or something, it just didn’t feel right to have such a small group of werewolves.
Other than that, the book was fantastic. It was the perfect mixture of action and romance for me. It is also the first book in a series of 13, but I am not sure if they all follow the same people or if its like “The Black Dagger Brotherhood” series and it follows a different person in each book. I will find out.
If you have not read this book and you enjoy books of the supernatural and a little bit of romance, you should read it. It was fantastic.
In my opinion.