Bitten: The Otherworld Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING OTHERWORLD SERIES.
“Frisky...Tells a rather sweet love story, and suggests that being a wolf may be more comfortable for a strong, smart woman than being human.”—The New York Times Book Review
Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence—but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 54 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||June 14, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #19,844 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#487 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#7,983 in Werewolf & Shifter Romance
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I almost did not read this because it’s first person, but now I’m glad I read it.
One negative: Heroine did something stupid in the major climax.
THINGS OTHER REVIEWERS DID NOT LIKE BUT I WAS OK WITH:
Some readers felt Elena was cheating on her boyfriend. I didn’t see it as cheating. I saw it as she’s single, no commitments, she is dating two guys because she can’t decide whom she wants. I know, this was not exactly dating. But it was similar because she wasn’t married or engaged. She was trying to find herself - figure out what she wanted and whom she wanted.
Some readers did not like the first sex scene being similar to rape. I didn’t see it that way. Twice the guy asked her to say stop if she wanted. She didn’t say stop. The result was aggressive alpha dominating in sex. It was good. This was better than some of those BDSM scenes with males dominating. I liked it. They were hot for each other.
Some readers did not like Elena’s personality. I don’t always want a well balanced perfect heroine. I liked that she was angry about things and refused to forgive. I can identify with that. It was good conflict. She also had a tendency toward violence. That made her more interesting.
Narrative mode: 1st person Elena. Story length: 518 pages. Swearing language: moderate to strong including religious swear words, but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 5. Setting: current day Toronto, Canada, and New York State. Copyright: 2001. Genre: paranormal romance, urban fantasy romance.
Elena Michaels is the only living female werewolf on the planet. She was not born a werewolf but was bitten by werewolf. And she lives in Toronto, away from the pack in the USA, as a newspaper columnist. She is tired of the werewolf games and tracking down and executing all of the werewolf mutts. But, the mutts have joined together and are wanting to get rid of the pack.
The book was turned into a two season tv series on the syfy channel.
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Although this is the first book in a series, it makes quite a tidy package on its own and it can be read as a stand-alone novel. There are no cliff hangers that leave the reader dangling, and I don't have to read book two to see if Elena and Clay will stick together. It's kind of a treat, since I was expecting the author to drag things out across several books. I got my `happily-ever-after' and there are more books to read.
It's hard not to compare all werewolf stories against the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, so I'll just say that "Bitten" is almost as well-written, but with much more emphasis placed on the romance. I have to say I like the combo just fine. Armstrong must have spent hours thinking about life from a wolf's perspective, because she has them moving, sniffing, eating, and hunting just like wild animals. This book reeks with authenticity, and I was perfectly submerged into this paranormal world.
I liked Elena's character, but brace yourself for many pages of Elena lying to herself. She turns her back on her lover, her wolf pack, and her own personality in order to cram herself into this box that looks, acts, and thinks like a normal human. It was Clay who added the sizzle to this story, and he comes across as a perfectly yummy rascal. Yeah, he was hot, and his whole reckless, ruthless, bad-boy persona worked for me. The only implausible part of the story is how Elena resists this guy for so long. Granted, Clay bit Elena on purpose to make her his mate for life, but I kept wondering, can't she give the poor guy a break? Perhaps I'm too eager to forgive charming men who'd give their life for love, but I am a romance fan after all.
Top reviews from other countries
Yes she realised some of her gung-ho mistakes as she made them and admitted her self-delusion but it was right at the end, the final few pages, which was too little too late to change my opinion of her.
I liked the other characters, I thought the differences between Pack and Mutts was a little "good or evil" clichéd but like that a couple of the Mutt characters were more complex. I really liked Clay; my kind of Alpha main character. I may read the next book in this series as I thought the paranormal world Ms Armstrong has created is interesting but I won't be rushing out to buy it yet.
The characters are well fleshed out and likeable, I want to know more about the pack and their background. The story is well thought out and moves along nicely though the resolution came a bit quick. The central character Elena is a good heroine, flawed but not unlikeable so the first person narrative works well but it means we miss out on certain pack members who get forgotten in the whirlwind of the story.
I can't give this book full marks because Elena and Clay's relationship isn't very clear cut and I have some issues with the idea of sexual consent in some scenes which should be clearer.