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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
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Aug 06, 2010

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bookshelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
Read from August 06 to 21, 2010

There are plenty reviews that explain quite eloquently what the premise of this book is so I'll just start off already with my thoughts. Elena and Clay are both very flawed people but there's something about that vulnerability that draws me to them. Elena is very independent woman, the kind who needs control and believes it's better for her to live as a normal human in a normal human setting with a normal human boyfriend. Clay, oh boy, how can I describe him? I guess I let you decide with a quote of his: “I am the local psychopath.” Yeah, so he's part genius, part crazy and wholly animalistic and possessive. BUT there are an endearing qualities about him. He loves Elena with every fiber of his being. Then there is his loyalty to Pack especially to the Alpha, Jeremy.

I wasn't sold entirely on Clay's reason for biting Elena besides he couldn't control himself. I don't know, from the flashback he seemed quite calm. Whatever. I didn't think it was something anyone could easily forgive but Elena does accept it and embraces how it lets her “real” personality shine (Clay recognized how alike their traits were). That right there was already a big roadblock that sets up their dysfunctional relationship. Don't get me wrong though, they do share an incredibly intense bond and have a lot of chemistry. I could have done without the extra love triangle plot device because majority of the time I hate it, and this was one of them. It felt SO wrong and Elena knew that but STILL strung the other guy along. It was really disappointing.

As for the plot, well it was good. I can see why people like it. The prologue started off slow and I think that played a part in why I couldn't enjoy the book until later. The resolutions with the antagonists was a little anti-climatic. I expected a little more with the “fight-to-the-end” scenes. I think the relationships keep the book going and that's what makes me curious about checking out another book. Maybe not now but sometime in the future.


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