Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

#21 of 200
Original Language: English
Publisher: Viking Adult (United States), Little, Brown & co. (U.K.), Random House (Canada)
Country: Canada
Publication Date: 1 October 2001
ISBN: 978-0670894710
Page Count: 400
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 expects 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.
Bitten is the first novel by Kelley Armstrong, and the first in her Women of the Other World series. Elena is a turned werewolf with a dark past. Abused and neglected as a child in the foster system, Elena is uncomfortable with the violent tendencies of her werewolf nature.  She flees life with the Pack and tries to make her own way as a journalist in Toronto.

Bitten centers around Elena conflicting loyalty to her pack and her desire to be a normal human. Having been the outsider through her childhood, Elena resents her werewolf self for the restrictions it puts on her life in Toronto. Yet, despite her resentment, the moment her Pack needs her, Elena drops her life in Toronto, including her human partner Philip, to support them.
Elena’s turmoil comes from her antagonism towards Clay, her once fiance and the werewolf that bit her. Despite feeling that Clay betrayed her in the worst way imaginable, she feels drawn to him.
Bitten has a very different feel to the Darkest Powers series, also written by Kelley. Women of the Other World appears to be an adult series, though I would still class it within YA. Unlike, Chloe Saunders, Elena is a strong, and kick ass, heroine who is determined to do things her own way.
Bitten is the first novel in Women of the Other Realm, followed by Stolen.
Raiding Bookshelves Rating
Judging by the Cover: I'm not keen on the covers for Women of the Other World. This set of covers are too sexual, though sex does feature heavily, and the emphasis on pentagons and mystic symbols doesn’t suit. This is a world where being supernatural is understated, and doesn’t mean you stand out in a world of humans


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