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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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Plume Books (first published September 25th 2001)
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Elle

Had any of the characters been even half as cool as this guy:

Teen Wolf

...I may have keep reading.

Or to be more accurate I should say: I may have read it correctly.
Which I didn’t. Instead, I did this:

*notices all the 5star reviews of Bitten*

*clicks ‘confirm order’ button on BookDespository.com*

*waits by mail box for about 40,000 years*

*receives Bitten*

*does happy dance like a happy thing in a happy place with a happy hat*

*begins reading page one of Bitten*


18 minutes later:

“ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...more
Christina
Apr 14, 2012 Christina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clare, Katharine
Recommended to Christina by: Kaylan
You know when you don't really expect to like a book based on the fact that you're prejudiced to its contents? For example, thanks to Twilight, I am completely Team Vampire (and I'm terribly ashamed at having brought Twilight up, trust me) so anything Werewolf-ish automatically sets off some inner resentment. Knowing this book was about werewolves just made me go 'blegh!' but I was suddenly determined to give it a chance, and so I did.

Oh. My. God. FANTASTIC. I was utterly absorbed by this book...more
Kat Kennedy
How can I write this review without sounding like I'm about to start stalking Kelley Armstrong?

I loved this book. I loved all the characters in it. It was well written, with engaging, interesting characters. The plot was fast moving and interesting. I never got bored, I never felt like it was dragging and the story was a PLEASURE to read.

This is what reading should be! Turning from page to page, absolutely and completely emotionally invested in the characters and feeling like you're right there,...more
Beth F.
Jan 27, 2009 Beth F. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: vampire lovers who think the werewolf can't hack it
Recommended to Beth F. by: Jennifer
A lot of authors tend to rely on supernatural abilities to make their fantasy and paranormal characters more appealing to us foolish mortals who seek our escapes amongst their pages. But Kelley Armstrong’s werewolves in Bitten must rely on grit and personality alone, because aside from having the ability to Change their shape, they don’t have any bizarre powers. They aren’t immortal, they can be killed just as easily as any other non-supernatural creature and it doesn’t take a silver bullet to d...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This one's been hanging around for a while, since it was recommended to me sometime last year. I saw that kiwiria loved it and remembered that I had it, so thought I should get onto it sooner rather than later. To be honest, the fact that it's about werewolves put me off. I greatly enjoyed Kerri Arthur's Riley Jensen Guardian series (the main character is a werewolf), and Kresley Cole has some wonderful lycanthrope characters whom I love, but generally they don't hold the attraction that vampire...more
Mariya
Out of all of the shifter books I have read this has got be the be the best one I have ever read. I was starting to think that shifters may not be for me, but wow can Kelly Armstrong write. I was a little worried about this series because I wasn’t too fond of her young adult series. But I can definitely say I will be continuing with the Women of the Otherworld series. I am highly addicted to some Elena and Clay.

"You forget, darling.
I am the local psychopath.” She stared at him. “Oh my God, it’
...more
Gaijinmama
#41 Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
rating 4 of 5
436 pp

This is the literary equivalent of eating potato chips. Not terribly filling or nutritious but lots of fun, and it sure is hard to stop once you get started. I have already read the author's third and fourth books, Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic and I have to say I wish I'd started here, at the beginning.
Note to self: read a series in order! Regardless of when you manage to pick them up at the used bookstore, forbear until you can begin at...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
A warning to the reader, don't pick this book up if you cannot devote hours to reading it. You will be completely absorbed into this tale of a woman who happens to be a werewolf, and isn't completely happy about it. Elena is a fascinating protagonist, not all bad, but not all good either. She has an animal side to her that she has suppressed, but when dead bodies start turning up, killed by what is clearly a werewolf, she can no longer hide from her werewolf origins. Another thing that makes thi...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
I first read this book when it came out and loved it. It was one of the few books I'd read that focused predominantly on werewolves. I've read MANY since and so I went back and reread this because I was curious if it would hold up against the masses. Oh boy. It did.

Let me just say that out of all paranormal books I've read, Clay has to be one of the sexiest, if not the sexiest male character. I'm not sure why exactly, maybe it's because nothing about him is really overdone, a lot of his appeal...more
Krys

Well, I think it’s very safe to say that I am not a fan of Kelley Armstrong’s writing style. Too bad, she’s very popular. But I just could not get into this and I tend to love Urban Fantasy. So what happened?

Well, for starters I think I am starting to tire of the Werewolf plot in books… you’d think it would be the Vampire storyline, but no. I get so bored by reading all of the pack dynamics and posturing. As a result there’s only a few shining examples of Werewolf fiction done extremely well for...more
valee
I really liked this book. It was a bit slow at the beginning but once I got over that I was completely hooked. We are introduced into a new werewolf world with this series, one that has not been described in any other series I have read so far.

Our heroine is Elena. She was just a normal girl who made the mistake of falling in love with her teacher, a young hot and sexy blonde who had her crazy in love since they first met. I mean, what would you have done in Elena's place? I know if I was in he...more
Jo ★  The Book Sloth★
1/8/2014 UPDATE

I finished this freakin book! YES, I read it all on my third attempt! I feel f*cking proud right now!



The most weird thing is that I didn't hate it. You would think that since I'd already tries the book 2 times and couldn't finish it either of them I would hate it. But I didn't. The writing was decent, the characters interesting if not exactly mind-blowing and the plot pretty original for its genre.

And I will admit here that I read it mostly because I've watched the show and I like...more
Loederkoningin
Apart from the fact that only Jericho Barrons could have rescued Bitten from a pool of mindboggling dullness, Armstrong's werewolves just didn't match my expectations *sulkily stripes away raw animalism, carnality, pack troubles, alpha fights, angst, werewolvish sex - whatever that may be..*. I actually caught myself longing for the werewolves in Blood & Chocolate, trailer trashy and imperfect as they were.

Wouldn't surprise me if the pack in Bitten grows organic tomatoes for a living too.

I'...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Bitten is more than just a werewolf book. Yes, it follows the story of a werewolf named Elena and the trials and tribulations of her pack. There's plenty of action and sex. But what is so exceptional about this book is the complex emotions invoked by our main character.

Elena never wanted to be werewolf. She had a miserable childhood, shuffling through the foster system, enduring horrific abuse. She survived, clinging to the idea that she could make a normal life for herself; grow up and create t...more
Dexter/Persy
Elena Michaels is the most idiotic and annoying main character ever. As if it's not bad enough that she's the stereotypical urban fantasy heroine (hates being "different", continually tries to be "normal", etc.), she's also just plain -stupid-. The spends the entire book swearing on her life that she doesn't love Clay (ex-fiance, turned her into a werewolf, blah blah blah), and yet is cuddling up with him and spending time with him the whole time, DESPITE the fact that she keeps saying how much...more
Tatiana
Elena is a werewolf, and the only female werewolf in the world at that. She is turned werewolf against her will and knowledge by a person very close to her. Mad and unable to forgive, she tries to escape her pack to find her place in the human world. When she finally thinks she is settled in her human ("normal") life, the pack calls for her help and she can't say "no." When she is back, she faces her past and at last realizes what she really wants and needs.

I am a huge fan of currently popular u...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
This story will always be one of my favorites because it began my almost obsessive fascination with werewolves. Clay is now and forever will be the only wolf for me ;) He is sexy, charming, with an adorable southern accent and he is fiercely protective of what is his. He could chase me through the woods all night ;)

Elena, the only female werewolf in existence, is a strong, independent heroine who is trying desperately to seperate herself from the pack in hopes of living a normal human life. She...more
Jenny
I really enjoyed Bitten.

Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf in the world. She was bitten and betrayed by her former fiancé Clay and is trying to make a normal life for herself in Toronto with her human boyfriend.

Called back to the pack to help deal with a Mutts problem, Elena hopes everything will be done in a couple of days so she can return to her normal life. However, once at Stonehaven she finds herself immersed in the werewolf way of life, seeming to fall once again for Clay. Elena...more
Angie
Elena Michaels is determined to go it alone. She doesn't need the pack. She doesn't need Clay, the werewolf who misled her, made her believe he loved her, and then turned her into one of them without her permission, without even telling her what he was. To make matters worse, it turns out she's the only female werewolf in the world. That's right. Elena's the Only One and so not interested in dealing with the inevitable "attention" this brings her way. So she leaves the pack and moves to Toronto...more
Willow
Sheesh, I don’t know what kind of review to give this book. I get the feeling I’m going to be way too harsh. I’m still angry with this book because it wasn’t even close to being as good as Armstrong’s Darkest Power series. I had such high hopes. I thought I had found my new favorite author. I know this is one of Armstrong’s first books, and for that reason I should give her some slack, but I probably haven’t.

First off, it’s SO slow. There’s so little suspense. In the Darkest Powers series, Arms...more
Mel
Re-read dec 2009

Bitten is the first book of the widely popular Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. The series is popular for good reason: Armstrong writes good, solid stories and I find her books to be urban fantasy classics.

Armstrong’s series features a wide range of female (and later on: male) narrators from different supernatural backgrounds. In this book we get introduced to her werewolves through Elena Michaels’ eyes.

Elena is the only female werewolf in the world, who’s det...more
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
REVIEWED FOR http://shamelessromancereviews.blogsp...

I wont go over the story line in my review because you can read that in the synopsis. What I will say is that that although some jaws will job at my horrific three star rating, I just did not like it as much as everyone else has made out they did.

I think detail in books are great. It gives you an insight as to the surrounding of the scene, the finer details of the character ( like the yummy *sigh* Clay) but I think Kelly Armstrong just went a...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I finished listening to this audiobook a few weeks ago and have been procrastinating on writing my review ever since. Not because I couldn’t find the words but because, well, how does one critique their all-time favorite werewolf novel without turning into the biggest, squealing fan girl ever? Not to mention, the added pressure of reviewing a story that I’ve been raving about and recommending to everyone who’ll listen since the first time I read it. I’ve concluded that: i...more
Catherine
I asked my GR friends to provide me books they loved as part of a personal pick it for me challenge. This one was provided to me by AH.

I wavered over my grade for this for a while. For most of the book I was pretty confident that I'd grade it four stars. But toward the end, something happened, a finally! moment of admission, that made me so happy I wondered if I should bump my grade up. I had to figure out if I could really justify (to myself) adding another star just because I was thrilled that...more
Komal
I knew it even before beginning this book that either I would completely loathe it, or I would not finish.
Bitten was forced upon me by a colleague who's a paranormal romance fanatic. The book was also mentioned several times to me by other goodreads members, so I decided to give one more chance to paranormal. I always end up giving too many chances to things I know I would never find a likeness for. Perhaps I'm biased. In fact, I think I am; starting any book with "I'm going to hate this" doesn...more
Lauren
Bitten
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 (view spoiler). Nevertheless, it is difficult to come to terms with the wolves' callous attitude toward killing humans, and the fact that the (view spoiler) i...more
Elizabeth
So, I came into Bitten having read nearly all of the other books in the Women of the Otherworld series. In fact, the books with Elena narrating are the only ones I haven't read. It was very interesting to read this one, knowing it was the first in the series and already knowing in broader strokes who major players like Elena, Clayton, Jeremy, and Karl, are.

The narration in this book is much darker than in her more recent works, where the women seem more vibrant and infused with personality, and...more
Zeek
Extremely well written, Bitten ise one of the best werewolf novels out there right now in the Urban Fantasy genre- from a female perspective at least.

Narrated in the 1st person voice, Bitten starts off with the heroine, Elena Michaels, living in Toronto and trying to maintain a normal existence- far from her "pack". Elena has the distinction of being one of the few werewolves "created"- i.e. she was bitten and turned rather than born as one. And too, there aren't many female werewolves as the ge...more
Leah
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Brownbetty
Hah! So, in a CRAZY coincidence, it turns out that book one is really a better starting point than book six. I know.

I really liked about this book that both the hero and heroine were mildly fucked up, and the book and most of the characters knew that, and lived with it. Elena, the POV character, is a werewolf who's been passing as human. She was bitten some years ago by Clay, the man she once thought was the man she was going to marry. (At the time, she thought he was a man, that is, as well as...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

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