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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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    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules Portland, OR, United States 11-22-12
    QueenBee Debbie of SheMakesTheRules Portland, OR, United States 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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    Margaret Thornton Florida 05-13-10
    Margaret Thornton Florida 05-13-10 Member Since 2009

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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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    Elizabeth Frederick, MD, United States 12-10-08
    Elizabeth Frederick, MD, United States 12-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Decent and entertaining"

    I would recommend this title. I enjoyed the reader, and the story (not always true).

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-01-08
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-01-08 Member Since 2001

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    "Armstrong knows characters"

    Kelly Armstrong can create characters by the truck load and make them interesting. I am enjoying this series. And it seems that the characters from one book turn up in others, it really brings the stories together.

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    George Nepean, ON, Canada 06-12-09
    George Nepean, ON, Canada 06-12-09
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    "more like a needle prick"

    Harlequin romance disguised as and Anne Rice wanna be novel. Take a miss and save yourself the boredom. Author should pay us to listen to it.
    more filler than a strawbery mousse.

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