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Bitten (Otherworld #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  70,644 Ratings  ·  3,634 Reviews
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 21st 2001)
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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*

*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:

Kat Kennedy
May 07, 2010 Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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,
Apr 14, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Beth F.
Jan 27, 2009 Beth F. rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2015 Navessa rated it it was amazing
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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’
Apr 03, 2012 Gaijinmama rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
#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
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

“You forget, darling.
I am the local psychopath.”

I have a thing for books in series where the person is reluctant to be part of the group - it adds given tension to the other stories and makes intriguing personal decisions. It's almost always predictable how it would turn out, but I still enjoyed the journey of Elena having to return to the pack and answer to her past. There's plenty of plausible reasons she would have left and had reservations about her relationship with Clay, but the author doe

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
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.

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
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 tried 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
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads

This might be the best first-in-series I've ever read. I have favorite series, and this is definitely one of them, but most of the time my favorite book in the series is not the first one. This one is.

I love Elena. I love Clayton. I love them together and HATE them separated. I love their issues, I love their issues getting resolved even more.

I can't think of a single think about this book that I don't like.

ALSO--I think Clayton Danvers might be my all-time favorite book boyfrien
Nov 21, 2010 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Oct 14, 2012 Dexter rated it it was ok
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
Aug 01, 2015 Loyda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Loyda by: JABBERWOCKY
Shelves: rec

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 call

4 tiny stars but still 4. It's not 3.5. It's more. So I'm rounding up although I'm quite conflicted about it.

Let's face it guys. This was first published in 2001. How many similar books are published since?! I'll tell you - quite many! Still the story is very interesting and the book keeps its ground. If you're looking for a very good UF read with strong focus on werewolves, that's your book.

My big, big issues are/were with Elena. Our idiotic(most of the time) protagonist. Oh, she's not stupid
Dec 11, 2009 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?
*Forse spoiler, ma è una storia così assurda e brutta che non vi perdete niente se pure non l'avete letto*

Quanto è brutto questo libro da uno a 'tanto'?

Il libro è una porcheria aberrante e non mi capacito del perché io lo possegga in primo luogo (cartaceo. Rendo la disperazione??), perché abbia deciso di leggerlo e soprattutto perché abbia deciso di arrivare alla fine nonostante il BIG NO che trasudava già dal prologo (che è il sonno vero: probabi
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

I’m a huge fan of swoon-worthy anti-hero type male leads. My absolute favorite being Jericho Barrons from the Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series he is also known as Jericho Fucking Barrrons depending on if you fall on the side of love him or hate him. Clay has that same type of fuzzy morality going for him as well. He is completely comfortable with the animal that he is and does just enough to get by in the real world. He does not apologize for the man he is; he will kill, maim, torture
May 13, 2014 Komal rated it did not like it
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
Joe Valdez
Oct 02, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Bitten gets off to such a good start. It reminded me climbing inside a late model luxury car at a rental agency, a car that's been recently waxed and has that New Car Smell. And then doesn't goddam go anywhere. I gave Kelley Armstrong 86 pages to turn the ignition before I got out and walked back into the rental office for other options.

This 2001 novel is the first person account of "Elena," a blonde haired Toronto resident who's a werewolf. What lured me in here was Armstrong's prose, which is
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Bitten was a good book. The plot was not as interesting as I was expecting but I was impressed by many things so I finished it.

Kelley Armstrong is quite talented and she satisfied my need to relate with the characters. For me it's important to be able to experience the same feelings as the characters in order to understand them. She was blowing my mind everytime Ele
Apr 22, 2012 Willow rated it liked it
Shelves: werewolf
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
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
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
Mar 21, 2016 Lainey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid 3 stars, I am happy I started this series. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series and am very excited to be introduced to new characters that will be popping up!
Emily May
Apr 20, 2011 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of good urban fantasy
Shelves: pnr, paranormal-uf, 2011

Plot: 4 star
Characters: 4.5 stars
Writing: 4.5 stars
Sexiness: 4 stars
Ending: 3.5 stars

Overall: 4.1 stars
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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.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Other Books in the Series

Otherworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Stolen (Otherworld #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Otherworld, #3)
  • Industrial Magic (Otherworld, #4)
  • Haunted (Otherworld, #5)
  • Broken (Otherworld, #6)
  • No Humans Involved (Otherworld, #7)
  • Personal Demon (Otherworld, #8)
  • Living with the Dead (Otherworld, #9)
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“You forget, darling.
I am the local psychopath.”
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