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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
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    Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Katymelrose)
    Katymelrose: Both series are paranormal romance with strong female protagonists.
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    Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn (francescadefreitas)
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    Sookie Stackhouse, Books 1-8 by Charlaine Harris (Pigletto)
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    Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (shadiphoenix)
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    Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur (ToxicMasquerade)
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    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause (pollywannabook)
    pollywannabook: Get inside the head of the only female werewolf. Good writing
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    Benighted by Kit Whitfield (AmethystFaerie)
    AmethystFaerie: "Benighted" takes place in a world where humans are the minority, while werewolves are the majority. If you love Kelley Armstrong's Elena, you will love Kit Whitfield's Lola.
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    Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (shadiphoenix)
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    Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (ConciseReviews)
    ConciseReviews: Women Of the Otherworld Series Book 2
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    Maneater by Thomas Emson (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: A UK werewolf with better characters a better history and better writing.
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    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (ConciseReviews)
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    Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland (Jacey25)
    Jacey25: This is one of the better places to start a journey into urban fantasy and paranormal romance- the series has all kinds of denziens who all feel like real "people".
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    Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind (Kcart)

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It took me a while but I ended up really liking it. Review to come (I know I keep saying that, and I mean it! And I will! Eventually...) ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
Absolutetly wonderful book. Would recomend to anyone. Book pulls you into an amazing world and can keep you there for hours. Wonderful characters great story line. An absolute must read for YA lovers! ( )
  dmytrukc | Mar 13, 2017 |
Great opening. Fast-paced. Strong, imperfect female werewolf surrounded by equally strong yet flawed males. But I'm just not feeling WOWd! That's likely more to do with my urban fantasy hangover than the book's entertainment value. I mean, obviously; look at its average 4-star rating from nearly 75,000 ratings. Oh well, not sorry I took the few hours to read it, just wish I could've loved it like so many other readers.

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  flying_monkeys | Jan 27, 2017 |
The first book in the women of the otherworld and a fabulous addition to the ever growing Paranormal genre. Being the only female werewolf in existence makes Elena's life extremely hard. Fighting for independence from her pack and trying to fit in with the human world are only some of Elena's challenges.
Kelley Armstrong's writing is what Laurell K Hamilton fans miss about the more recent Anita Blake books. Armstrong does a wonderful job of introducing Elena's life and world to the readers without making the background dull and uninteresting. She is a strong and independent woman who struggles with who she is. You never question who this book is about even with the introduction of several key players in Elena's werewolf world. ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
4 Stars

Similar to numerous UF and PNR series, the world building in Bitten revolves around werewolves. However, Armstrong's take on werewolf mythology is quite original in the form of the hereditary Vs. Mutt dichotomy and the gene passing through the male line. Nevertheless, it is difficult to come to terms with the wolves' callous attitude toward killing humans, and the fact that the fathers take the babies from their mothers is completely unrealistic. Moreover, the pack does not come across as particularly effective in protecting themselves and others. This may be due to an unfair comparison with other werewolf series like Mercy Thompson and Chicagoland Vampires in which the packs are larger and more of a force to be reckoned with.

The basic plot of a group of renegade werewolves attempting to undermine the pack's position by murdering local girls is strong but not as developed as it could have been. In fact, it ultimately fizzles out and the story moves in a completely different direction toward the end.

The characters are the most compelling aspect of the book. Elena is a problematic heroine. One the one hand, she is strong, feisty and resilient, and her attempts to assert her independence by living a "normal" life in the human world are admirable. Nevertheless, it is all too obvious that she is in denial about who she really is and has subsumed her true self beneath a congenial facade.

On the other hand, her behavior with regard to the men in her life is morally questionable. The love triangle setup is tedious and her dishonesty with Philip regarding who she is and her relationship with Clay makes her less sympathetic and likable. Moreover, her resentment toward Clay, while understandable given that his bite turned her into a werewolf quickly becomes irritating, especially considering that she is constantly running hot/cold when it comes to him.

Elena's love interest, Clay, is an amalgamation of opposites as his impulsiveness and instincts are at war with his humanity, and he ostensibly hides a genius IQ behind a seemingly slow and simple southern facade. His complexity makes him a difficult character to like but once the extent of his love for Elena becomes apparent it becomes virtually impossible not to swoon all over him.

Jeremy, the pack alpha, is a prime example of still waters running deep and the family dynamic established by the other pack members is very endearing. The villains are a mixed bag from Daniel, the mastermind, bent on revenge and a megalomaniac desire to establish his own pack with its own rules to Karl, a sort of gentleman like thief, who is almost honorable despite his questionable allegiances.

Despite its problems, Bitten is a well-written and action packed read and it will be interesting to see what happens next. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
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Elena Michaels would love to be an ordinary woman and she tries very hard, but she's sure her boyfriend just wouldn't understand about her being a werewolf. She hides her self and lives as a lone-wolf until a former pack member comes calling for her help.
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I've been fighting it all night. I'm going to lose ...Nature wins out. It always does.' Elena Michaels didn't know that her lover Clay was a werewolf until he bit her, changing her life forever. Betrayed and furious, she cannot accept her transformation, and wants nothing to do with her Pack - a charismatic group of fellow werewolves who say they want to help. When a series of brutal murders threatens the Pack - and Clay - Elena is forced to make an impossible choice. Abandon the only people who truly understand her new nature, or help them to save the lover who ruined her life, and who still wants her back at any cost.

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Elena Michaels is a self-described "mutt," a werewolf who left her secretive pack in upstate New York for a life among humans. In the year since she relocated to Toronto, she's embarked on a career as a journalist and begun a pleasingly mundane relationship with a decent man. All this is jeopardized when she agrees to help her old packmates hunt some troublesome mutts who are converting common criminals to werewolves and leaving a trail of conspicuous carnage. Reunited with her former lycanthrope lover and forced into brutally predatory confrontations, Elena finds the call of the wild subtly reasserting itself.… (more)

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