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Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1 | [Kelley Armstrong]

Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"I've got to get out of here - I don't have a lot of time left.

"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.

What the Critics Say

"Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice's sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary Wadsworth, OH, USA 01-19-10
    Mary Wadsworth, OH, USA 01-19-10
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    "Bitten"

    I usually don't read weir wolf novels, but I caught this one on sale and decided to give it a try. Elena is the only female weir wolf and is one of three weir wolves out of 35 who were not born into the pack. Armstrong tells Elena's story in the first person, which gives the book an intimate feel. Bitten is loaded with romance, conflicting emotions, danger, and suspense. The narrator does a good job distinguishing amongst the different characters making Armstrong's Bitten an easy and enjoyable read. Although I thought it was slightly too long, I'm glad I took a chance and will probably read more Armstrong in the future.

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    Heather Davis, CA, USA 01-14-10
    Heather Davis, CA, USA 01-14-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Kelley Armstrong"

    She is a fantastic writer! The book is great, and so is the audio.

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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 12-31-09
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 12-31-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not particularly interesting or engaging"

    I picked up this Audible book on a recommendation from a friend - we both love the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse series. Unfortunately this will not tide me over until the next book comes out, the characters aren't very likable, it's not well written and I didn't care for the strong Canadian accent of the narrator. What a disappointment!

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    Annie USA 11-15-09
    Annie USA 11-15-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Finally, a series I can get my teeth into... hehe"

    I've been looking for a good series of books to keep me entertained in the car... I have to listen in chunks so it can't be too hard to follow.. this book fit the bill.. fast paced.. good character development.. good story line...

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    AMV 07-08-09
    AMV 07-08-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story, Good Narrator"

    I really liked this book, an interesting take on werewolf theme, and a different type of romantic relationship. I enjoyed the dynamic between Elena and Clay, both not perfect, but that made the relationship more interesting. I enjoyed the descriptions of Elena's experience in wolf form. I also like the narrators voice, and enjoyed listening to her, which is important.

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    Melissa montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-25-09
    Melissa montreal, Quebec, Canada 05-25-09
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    "Give me the 2 book!!!"

    Loved it. The story, the narration, everything. Can't wait to "hear" the second of the series.

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    Robert Arlington Heights, IlLINOIS, United States 03-31-09
    Robert Arlington Heights, IlLINOIS, United States 03-31-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Very enjoyable"

    Great book, very well written and read. Real escapism with lots of thrills and twists to keep you interested. I would continue with the series but where is book 2??

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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-15-08
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-15-08 Member Since 2008
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    "It was okay"

    It was well read and fairly well written for what it is. You will like the characters and the way the author told the story over time was good. The downside is : it's another werewolf story pretty similar to the rest if somewhat better than the general run. It isn't original.

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    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules 11-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!

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    "I tried, I really did, but it's a darker storyline"

    Honestly, I couldn't finish the book, not even the first half. I tried. Truly. But for me, a self-identified wuss, it was just too dark. There are parts that talk of child molestation in the past, then being turned into a werewolf against her will, then grisly murders ... and I couldn't do it. Of course, I also cannot watch CSI or scary movies, as I carry the story with me for a few days.

    I finally stopped reading the book when I realized I was afraid of turning it back on, especially at night while driving home in the dark. That's when the realization struck that for me, a story is simply not enjoyable when there is a darker story line. I simply empathize too much with the character and her pain.

    Which DOES say a lot for the writing skill of the author! I did not find the book poorly written. Not at all. It was just too much for me.

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    Mina Florida 05-13-10
    Mina Florida 05-13-10 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic"

    great story and great narrator, I was actually thinking of buying the second one as well but I saw that it is not narrated by Aasne Vigesaa but by someone who did not do a good job in my opinion, this one however is worth buying

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