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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  90,713 ratings  ·  4,541 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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Claire Ashton-Briggs i read it when i was 15 and loved it! i'm 32 and its still my fav book ever!
Farren He doesn't sound much more southern in the book than in the show to me. Just says "darlin'" in both. What I was wondering.. why does he even have a so…moreHe doesn't sound much more southern in the book than in the show to me. Just says "darlin'" in both. What I was wondering.. why does he even have a southern accent if he's been living with the pack in New York since he was a child? Or maybe I just missed something.(less)

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Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was ok

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
Mar 16, 2010 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,
Jul 18, 2008 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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 Clay. I love them together, and I HATE them separated. I love their issues, and 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 Clayton Danvers might be my all-time favorite book boyfriend:

1. He's a friggin
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire lovers who think the werewolf can't hack it
Recommended to Beth 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
Mar 06, 2013 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
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
I'm sick with a cold/flu thing so I'm not sure how good my judgement is right now, but I definitely found my new book boyfriend here. His name is Clay and he's a sociopathic werewolf. He hates humans and kills them without remorse. But, he is also willing to kill anyone for the woman he loves. Isn't that romantic? He's so sweet!

aww, you are kinda cute with your little noseless face, aren't you?

So, this book is about the only female werewolf in existence, Elena. She's not happy being a furry and
Feb 16, 2012 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
Wren (fablesandwren)
I’m going to start off by saying this is my all-time favorite series of books for the adult mind. I love a lot of series, but I read this one when I was in high school (which, I shouldn’t have honestly) and INSTANTLY fell in love with it.

Why shouldn’t I have read it then? Well it is 100% an adult book. It has graphic scenes, sexual and bloody and probably shouldn’t be read by a fifteen year old. I was tired of reading the high school equivalent reading level though, and my Kindle recommended thi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
*** 3.44 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalos, because we were in a wolfish mood:)

There is nothing really wrong with this book, it is just written in a heavy info-dump type of style. It is written from the POV of Elena Michaels, a "bitten" werewolf who is trying to live like a normal human, since the circumstances under which she was turned felt like a betrayed and she did not want to have anything to do with the pack. The Pack wants her back, and particularly Clay, who considers her belonging to h
Sophia Triad
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Werewolves in Toronto! I loved it!

Elena Michaels never wanted to become a werewolf. She knew nothing of this world. Now, because of a sudden impulse by her werewolf boyfriend, she had become the only known female werewolf.
After a few years, being tired of this world, she decides to leave the Pack and live again at the big city as a normal human. She has a nice job and a nice new boyfriend.

Unfortunately for her, the Pack needs her back. Clay, her old boyfriend, wants her back. She still belongs t

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 fo
Emily May
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of good urban fantasy
Shelves: paranormal-uf, pnr, 2011

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

Overall: 4.1 stars
This was so entertaining and, even though I didn't expect it to be so NSFW, I really enjoyed it. I'm not giving it 4 full stars because I'm a fan of the TV show and TV Elena is way less whiny, immature and annoying than book Elena (not to mention laura vandervoort and her stunning face totally make a difference) and because it seemed to rush in some points and drag in others.
Overall it was a good read and I really liked how similar it was to the TV show.

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 Go
Oct 30, 2008 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
In describing this book, I would first and foremost like to use the words carnage, mayhem and kinky.

Normally the kinky stuff really grates for me but for some reason the way it was written, and the story overall, made it a non-issue for me here. The whole, 'primal instinct' thing totally worked.

So here we have: Elena, reluctant werewolf, who just wants to live a normal life. Only of course her pack can't let her go and when trouble calls them out she's by their side and doing wolfish things in n
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'm pr
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
Joe Valdez
Sep 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 17, 2014 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
Jen Davis
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Very conflicting feeling here.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• I’m just gonna outright say it. I don’t like the protagonist, which is such a disappointment because my friend recommended me this book for the exact reason that it has a strong protagonist. LOL. I just find her so frustrating. Yes, I totally feel for her for her past – it is damn sad and terrifying. I think the narrative may have been not worked for me in this case because it comes off more detached than emotional (view spoiler)
Jul 30, 2009 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
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2009
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
Maggie ☘
The only two characters I liked here were Clay and Jeremy, so if I will continue with the series it will be purely for them.

Otherwise, the plot was predictable. The sort of love triangle there just for the occasional drama (view spoiler). The world buidling wasn't anything special. The MC, Elena... At one point or ot
Mar 07, 2012 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
Alex is The Romance Fox

The first book I read in this series was Living with the Dead – my local bookshop only had this paperback copy – yes those days before I discovered the magic world of eBooks!!!! – and whilst I liked that story, I did find it a bit difficult to get into.

Now, I wasn’t exactly uber-lover of werewolves/shape shifters before, but something about that book had me wanting to read more books by Kelley Armstrong.

I decided to read the books in order to be able to get into the world that the author created
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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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