"Philip doesn't stir when I slip from the bed. There's a pile of clothing tucked underneath my dresser so I won't have to risk the squeaks and groans of opening drawers and closets. I pick up my keys, clasping my fist around them so they don't jangle, ease open the door and creep into the hallway. My legs now itch as well as hurt and I curl my toes to see if the itching stops. It doesn't. It's too late to drive to a safe place now - the itching has crystallized into a sharp burn. I stride out onto the streets, looking for a quiet place to Change."
Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey.
Elena Michaels is a werewolf.
The man who made her one has been left behind, but his dark legacy has not. And though Elena struggles to maintain the normal life she's worked so hard to create, she cannot resist the call of the elite pack of werewolves from her past. Her feral instincts will lead her back to them and into a desperate war for survival that will test her own understanding of who, and what, she is.
©2004 Kelley Armstrong; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice's sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story." (Publishers Weekly)
I can't imagine what goes into a work of fiction and I respect anyone that invests this much into anything. That being said. This book is awful.
The heroine acts like a spoiled brat. Rebels and does whatever she wants contrary to logic. She is so busy with the "no one is telling her what to do" attitude to show us how "strong" she is that she makes mistakes almost constantly and has to be bailed out by her male counter parts. It's painful. She is supposed to be a werewolf who investigates other werewolves as a job yet she fails to do the most simple things to keep herself and the people around her out of harms way. She is frustrating.
Don't get this book.
Say something about yourself!
I spent probably the first half the book wondering why I kept listening. After that though, I did finally get it and it did redeem its self. I found myself surprised to be thinking, by the end, that I wouldn't mind giving the next one in the series a try.
My biggest problem with this was that there was a lot of negativity between the two main characters and the reason for it isn't explained. Even once it is explained, the female character comes off as immature (at least to me) in the way she is handling things.
My second biggest problem is that the female character is living with and engaged to one man that she's lying her butt off to and then goes out of town and within a very short time winds up sleeping with another guy. Does so multiple times and then has no intention of telling her fiance about it. That's not the sort of person that I'd generally wish for a happy ending for, so I found that frustrating.
Other than those two things, the plot to the book was decent, the action was good, etc. The narration was a bit difficult at some points because she either had no separation between voices of character or they sounded too much the same. That's not a major problem for me though, it's just something that I know others have problems with.
Endless self-pity on the part of the main character, too much rough sex, and general bad behaviour all around. One dimensional, one themed, formulaic characters. Stopped listening. Sorry. I know it's a lot of work to write a book and not much to write a review. Still. Like Sherlock, I didn't want this book in me.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Maybe the narrator. Aesne Vigesaa sounded tired sometimes and you could only differentiate when Clay was speaking. All other characters sounded the same. The narrator is not terrible but monotonous at times.
I loved that it was about a she wolf named Elena. I looooved that character. She is strong, witty, and is not waiting to get rescued. She takes charge and does with ther life what she sees fit. I really enjoyed the love story because it was not your classic predictable wolf story. The relationship in this story is not perfect but you
The narrator sounded tired and monotonous at times.
Yes it was so worth it. It's a different take on the whole wolf thing. And there was an excellent mix of action and romance. I will probably not get the other books in the series since it is narrated by a different person and the reviews are horrible so I'll probably just stick to the Ebook version of the other books in the series. Ive learned that a narrator makes or breaks an audiobook.
Beware: there are some violent and graphic scenes in this story ( a la True Blood) so if you are sensitive to this keep it in mind. It's not too much or too gross and those scenes are justified with what happens in the story.
If you like the True Blood series or the Sookie Stackhouse books, you will definitely love this story. There are some very sexy, hot love scenes in the forest that are just wonderful and I loved the ending. But if you are looking for Twilight Saga type of werewolves, most likely you will find this book to strong.
The story is not bad if you can get over the reader. Someone please give her a glass of water to keep by her side.
Why is it when I find a series like this that starts of so good there isn't a second book in the series to listen to. This one is really good. The heroine is smart and strong, the story riveting then when you look for the next book in the series you find out it hasn't been read yet. It really drives me crazy. Kelley is a fine writer and Aasne Vigesaa delivers it beautifully. Even though the second book isn't available yet this one is well worth the price. I only gave it four stars but that is an ok rating. If you are like me you will really enjoy this book, The story is solid and the plot intricate.
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*I received this in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely love shifter books and this was not disappointing. I love how Kelly Armstrong took shifters into a bit of a new direction. There are not a ton of werewolves around, there isn’t a ton of packs fighting for territory, and there isn’t a bunch of Alpha males seducing women. There is a girl who happened to have been bitten and introduced into a life she knew nothing about. All she wants is a normal life, and she is trying to live that. But things don’t just go away if you ignore them and you can’t just live a “normal” life if you’re not fully human. Give this book a try and go for the ride with these were’s. I give this a solid 4 STARS!
I love feisty heroines, but not feisty, dense heroines. Geez.
No, but probably won't dip into this series again.
I was pretty fond of the male characters. If she had not been so dense about EVERYTHING, all the way through, I would have found it interesting.
Say something about yourself!
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Read It, File It, Get It Done: I have finally took the plunge and started the Women of the Otherworld series. I have to say that Bitten reeled me in hook, line, and sinker. Kudos to Kelley Armstrong for some fab furrballs and kick ass action.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I gave this book six hours, and each hour felt extra long. The story was so boring, and the narrator didn't help. She was monotone and unemotional. I wasn't excited when it was exciting, nor did I feel the lust when there was some. It was just dull. I'm not entirely sure the book itself would be better, instead of audio, because many of the sentences seem to run on too long. There were also misplaced tangents of history, that were confusing and distracting. Overall, I just did not enjoy this book. I'll be returning it.
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