Book Review – Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

It’s taken me a while to work through this book, partly because my head hasn’t been in the right place but also because although well written, the book is quite long winded.

Penned by Kelley Armstrong ‘Bitten’ follows the story of Elena, whom after being bitten by Clay years ago is the only female werewolf in existence. Leaving the pack behind her and moving to Toronto, Elena has started building a new ‘normal’ life and has even found someone to share it with. But pretty soon her new life is disrupted, as she is summoned back by her Alpha, Jeremy. A young girl has been found murdered and the Pack requires Elena’s ‘skills’ to track down the mutts who did it.

Don’t get me wrong, Kelley has created a really in depth protagonist with plenty of background drama to make her internal monologues alone an interesting read, but I felt that some of the storyline and characters were not believable enough. The pacing of the book was too slow, which could have easily have been avoided and some of the moments between Elena and Clay just seemed so cliché and cheese laden, that I found myself rolling my eyes. The so-called ‘tasty’ sex scenes between Elena and Clay were a lot milder than I’d been lead to believe. And the latter part of the book just seemed to be one cliché after another.

That being said, some of the characters were intriguing and the legacy of the werewolves was interesting enough. I’d probably read another in the series, but it would have to be pretty strong to keep me coming back for more.

Star Rating out of 5: 3.5

This book would be great for people who love fantasy and are looking for a relatively strong female lead in a book, also for fans of anything involving werewolves.

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My next TBR is….

I have something called a TBR Jar, which is basically a jar that contains names of books on folded up bits of paper. It got to the point, where I was buying a couple of books every few weeks, or downloading the free books from the Top 100 Kindle charts from Amazon. Needless to say I have managed to pull together quite a large collection. As I’m one of those people who were born without the ability to make any decision quickly, I decided a TBR jar would stop the whole process of picking which one to read next.

I found this quite useful the first time when I pulled out Karin Slaughter’s book ‘Criminal’ (sorry it was pre-book blog days) so have applied the same method this time. So the next book I will be reading and reviewing is;

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong.

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I don’t much about the story, or about her as an author, but it was recommended to me by a friend who saw my love for the Sookie Stackhouse books and though I might like it. So here goes. Watch this space for a detailed review upon completion.