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Bitten: Women of the Otherworld, Book 1

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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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    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-03-10
    'Nathan Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 03-03-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Well performed, and a wonderful paranormal world"

    I'm a late comer to Kelly Armstrong (and got here via her young adult 'The Summoning' and 'The Awakening' which were very strong).

    "Bitten" was a fantastic listening experience, even when the main character, Elena, made choices that set my teeth on edge.

    Elena is a werewolf trying to live a "normal" life in Toronto, when she is called back to Stonehaven, a kind of werewolf home for the werewolf pack that helped Elena recover when she was bitten. Elena's exploration of what it is to be a werewolf - and yet want a regular life - is a consistently interesting one throughout the book, and sometimes even takes preference over the main plot line.

    When a "mutt" (werewolf without a pack) gets too close to Elena's pack for comfort, she is called in to do what she has always done - track it down, and - if needs be - kill it with the help of Clay, her once-lover and definite complication in her life.

    Armstrong's paranormal world is interesting, and has some great components to it. By the end of the book, I found myself wanting to know more about Elena, but have to admit to being somewhat frustrated with many of her decisions throughout the journey - not enough to derail me, and not because they were inconsistent, her character was not poorly written by any means. She was just frustrating.

    I move onward to more Armstrong, glad to have found her.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Coraopolis, PA, United States 11-23-12
    Kindle Customer Coraopolis, PA, United States 11-23-12
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    "Whose afraid of the big bad book? I am, I am"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Olwyn 08-16-12
    Olwyn 08-16-12
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    "Sorry I bought it."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 02-22-12
    SIMARA Bayamon, Puerto Rico 02-22-12 Member Since 2017
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    "A badass she-wolf!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator sounded tired and monotonous at times.


    Was Bitten worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose A. Romanello Ft. Lauderdale, Florida United States 09-12-10
    Rose A. Romanello Ft. Lauderdale, Florida United States 09-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Dry mouth"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-14-10
    Garry Cornwall, ON, Canada 02-14-10
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    "Why? It is so good"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 05-08-13
    Kindle Customer NAMPA, ID, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Yawn! Boring..."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A different twist on werewolves"

    *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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Walker 05-17-14
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    "Really annoying heroine."
    What did you like best about Bitten? What did you like least?

    I love feisty heroines, but not feisty, dense heroines. Geez.


    Has Bitten turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but probably won't dip into this series again.


    Have you listened to any of Aasne Vigesaa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 04-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Glad I took the plunge!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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