Bitten, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series, is written from the perspective of Elena Michaels, the only known female werewolf. Since running away from the Pack, Elena has been trying to live a normal human life, repressing her werewolf side. When she gets called back to help deal with trouble on Pack territory, she finds herself once again torn between two worlds, and two men.
I just re-read this book because I'm planning to read the rest of the series soon, and I remembered that I'd enjoyed the book when I first read it years ago, but it was even better than I remembered. Elena is a great main character. She's strong and independent, but also flawed. I found I could really sympathise with her struggles between the human man who represents her desire for a normal life but can never know her secret, and the man she can't resist, but whom she can't forgive for his betrayal.
I also love the mythology in this book. I've always preferred werewolves that are people who actually turn into wolves, rather than weird half-human half-wolf things. I also like how they have the natural instincts of wolves, and that even affects their behaviour in human form.
5 stars. I'm really looking forward to finally reading the rest of this series! (less)
Warning: This is a review of a graphic novel that takes place after the end of the Charmed television series, so it will definitely contain spoilers f...moreWarning: This is a review of a graphic novel that takes place after the end of the Charmed television series, so it will definitely contain spoilers from the show!
The Charmed Season 9 comics take place shortly after the end of season 8. I'm not sure exactly how long after... at one point near the beginning it says that their lives have been demon-free for a year and a half, and I would think they'd be demon-free pretty much from the end of the show, but Wyatt and Chris are definitely a good 6 or 7 years older than the babies they were in season 8! Anywho, it's a while after.
This book is the perfect continuation of the series. It made me feel like I was right back watching the show. And I love seeing more of the kids that the Charmed ones have, that you catch a glimpse of at the end of the last episode. I finally know their names! And in general just seeing more of all the characters I love is great (seriously, they dated so many losers, but I was SO HAPPY with the guys they all ended up with!).
I really love how this first story arc has something to do with the Source. It's hilarious, because how many times did they vanquish the Source in the show? Oh my goodness, so many times! And just like in the show, they're like "seriously? Didn't we vanquish him?".
My only complaint is the one I have with most graphic novels, and that's the art. Don't get me wrong, the art is nice, but once again, some of the characters look the same! Piper and Phoebe look nothing alike in the show, yet I had a hard time telling them apart in the comics. Same problem as with most of the Buffy comics. But props for not overdoing the cleavage, so the art still beats a lot of comics. :)
Definitely recommended for fans of the show! Oh, and you can totally still read it without having seen the show, because at the beginning there's this big Book of Shadows section that has information on a lot of characters, and summarises the major events of the show. So don't think you have to watch 8 seasons of tv just to read these graphic novels (though the show is awesome, so you totally should)!
This review is copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.(less)
The following review was copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.
Note: This book is the second in the series and so p...moreThe following review was copied from my blog, The Towering Pile. It was originally published here.
Note: This book is the second in the series and so probably contains some spoilers from the first book, Bitten. You have been warned!
Stolen is the second book in the Women of the Otherworld series, and, like the first one, is narrated by Elena, the only known female werewolf. She has grown to accept her werewolf nature, and her love for Clay, and now lives with the Pack. (Yay!) Being back on duty as the werewolf responsible for keeping an eye on mutts and other risks of exposure, she meets up with a woman who claims to have proof of the existence of werewolves. Before she knows it, Elena has learned the hard way that werewolves aren't the only supernatural creatures around: witches, vampires, and half-demons all exist, and all their races are under attack from what seems to be a disturbing scientific experiment backed by military-type guards.
I waited too long after reading this book to write the review, so I'm already having trouble telling you exactly what I liked about it, but seriously, this book is SO GOOD. If you liked the first book, you will like the second book, because it shares the same narrator, most of the same characters, and of course Kelley Armstrong's flawless writing.
Think season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Actually, Elena even makes a reference to that, which made me squee with inter-series joy. Supernatural beings are being kidnapped and studied in an environment I found very disturbing for its combination of friendly "we want you to be comfortable while you're our guest" type behaviour and total disregard for the basic rights of the people imprisoned there. There's lots of wondering who can be trusted, and several delightfully shocking twists (though I totally figured one out before Elena; haha I'm so smart!).
Some of the new characters annoyed me, especially Paige, though she grew on me after a while. The characters that I already knew from the first book were just as awesome. Clay is still just as sexy, even though he's not my type at all, and I don't even usually like Southern accents. (Side note: I think it's so funny how everyone lists Clay in lists of sexy alpha males, when Clay is quite literally not the alpha male; he's a beta male. But maybe I'm thinking too literally. :P ) I also love Jeremy, and I really wish he had bigger roles; maybe in a later book!
5 stars, and I'm pretty sure Kelley Armstrong could publish her shopping lists and I would love them.(less)
Joss Whedon does an amazing job of taking his genius ideas from Buffy and moving them far into the future. I love everything about it. Especially Loo....moreJoss Whedon does an amazing job of taking his genius ideas from Buffy and moving them far into the future. I love everything about it. Especially Loo.