Elena had a rough childhood. Her parents were killed when she was very young, and she was ushered from foster home to foster home where she continuall...moreElena had a rough childhood. Her parents were killed when she was very young, and she was ushered from foster home to foster home where she continually had to endure abuse. Somehow she survived and met a young man by the name of Clay and the two fell for each other hard. They became engaged, but there was something Elena didn't know about the man she loved...he was a werewolf! She found out too late, when he bit her and turned her. After she was bitten, Jeremy (the Alpha of the Pack) took her in as part of the Pack. This was unusual because to be a part of it you had to be a born werewolf, but since Clay was in the care of Jeremy and the situation was forced on her, they made an exception. She lived with them for awhile, but she decided she wanted to try a different life. Years later, she is dating a new man, Philip, and keeping her distance from the Pack. She wants nothing more than to have a normal life and for the most part she is succeeding; except for the fact that she changes into a wolf every so often! She hides all of this from Philip, she even has a normal human job as a journalist. But then Jeremy calls her back for an emergency: a mutt (werewolf who was bitten as opposed to born) is killing humans on the Pack's estate and they have to eliminate the threat immediately before any more people are killed and before suspicion is raised. So Elena grudgingly goes back where she has to face all of her demons, Clay being the biggest one of all. She still isn't able to forgive him for what he did to her, even though inside she still has feelings for him. She has every intention of going back to her human life, but will her love of her werewolf family and the passion for being a werewolf be enough to bring her back to the Pack? Or will the mutt destroy everything they have worked for first?
My opinion: What can I say, I LOVED this book! I loved Elena, she was so smart, funny, and sassy. She's the only female werewolf, but the guys acknowledge that she's just as tough as they are. At first I was confused on who she had dated previously; she seemed really close to Jeremy and obviously had feelings for him, but then it became clear that he was more like a father figure for her. He cared for her when no one else would. The details of her relationship with Clay come more slowly, but he definitely still has big feelings for Elena. Throughout the book their relationship has major ups, and major downs. Sometimes I wish I could just shake her and say "You idiot, he's really sorry for what he did but it's not like he can take it back. All he can do is apologize. Get over it already!". But I'm sure it was traumatic and she had to get over it on her own time. There were a lot of parts that made me laugh, a lot that made me gasp because they were so unexpected. One thing I can say for sure, I am definitely going to be reading the other books in this series VERY SOON! Everyone who loves supernatural books should read this one, you won't be disappointed!
My opinion: I just have to start by saying, Kelley Armstrong you are an amazing author! I have definitely found a new favorite book series, I am now d...moreMy opinion: I just have to start by saying, Kelley Armstrong you are an amazing author! I have definitely found a new favorite book series, I am now dying to read #3. So this book starts out with Elena traveling to find someone who claims to have proof and knowledge about werewolves. These people happen to be Paige and Ruth, two women who claim to be witches. Elena finds this impossible, but before long the three of them find themselves being hunted. Due to some quick thinking by one of the witches (using a cover spell) they escape; Elena is still very skeptical that they are actually witches, but she knows she needs to tell Jeremy and the rest of the pack about the witches and the people that seem to be hunting all of them. The werewolves agree to attend a meeting with other preternatural beings to discuss what needed to be done. Due to some disagreements, the werewolves eventually part ways with the group...unfortunately Elena ends up falling right into the enemies hands. She's taken to a compound where she is kept prisoner, along with some other people with extraordinary talents. Someone seems to be "collecting" these people, the pretense being to study them. But the truth is more horrifying than any of them could of guessed.
Elena definitely seemed to be more confident in this book, more sure of herself and settling into her role again with the pack. Her relationship with Clay sizzles (they are just so perfect together!). I'm finding it hard to write a review for this book...not because it wasn't good, but because it was awesome and it's hard to describe. I kept it brief because I didn't want to give away any vital information to future readers! But I can say that it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters, there's a lot of depth to them and Elena and Clay are pretty comical a lot of the time. Their relationship seems disfunctional sometimes, but it just works for them. I loved the scene in this book where they're making love and he's feeding her breakfast because she's starving; it was sweet, but also quirky, which really describes them to a T. If you haven't checked this series out yet, what are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed!