Bitten: Women Of The Otherworld by Kelley ArmstrongBitten: Women Of The Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten: Women Of The Otherworld

byKelley Armstrong

Paperback | August 25, 2009

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An erotically charged thriller, Bitten will awaken the voracious appetite of every reader, as the age-old battle between man and beast, between human and inhuman forces, comes to a head in one small town and within one woman's body.

Book 1 in the Otherworld series.
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the internationally bestselling author of Omens and Visions, the first two books in her Cainsville series, the 13-book Women of the Otherworld series and the Nadia Stafford crime novels. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling young adult trilogies, Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising, and Sea of ...
Title:Bitten: Women Of The OtherworldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.16 × 0.87 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307358038

ISBN - 13:9780307358035

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving it but different so i first found out about this series after watching the tv show. the book is way much better. i\m into the the fact elena cant resist her actual life in stonehaven unlike in the show.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Girl Power Elena is an inspiration lady! This book is a great introduction to an awesome series. Love that its by a Canadian author
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot Contain Enthusiasm!! Fan review below!!! Happy International Women's Day, everyone!! In celebration of the occasion, I am going to review some books that spoke to me as a woman. And on this list is Bitten. I'm not sure when I first stumbled upon Bitten. It was when it first appeared, anyway, because I remember waiting impatiently for the second novel to appear in stores. But if you were around for Kelley Armstrong in that day, you would know that she was then and she is now one of the most generous authors on the internet. She must have learned HTML when coding was for nerds, because she ran a website with forums and fanfic with- get this- free short stories every month!! Bitten is her first novel, and it was written in a time we were in need of some real female superheroes, not just secondary characters. Elena was my hero back then. She was smart, she was tough, and she was intelligent. She had a rough upbringing but she managed to make a life and a career for herself. It's almost like a dark origin story for a superhero. I have been fortunate enough to have read Kelley Armstrong's book for years, so I am able to give you a bird's eye view. If you read this first novel and fall in love with the character, you will get to watch her grow over the years. And maturity doesn't mellow her, as it does with so many other female heroines. Instead, you get to watch the Elena of the Bitten books, young, insecure, and just beginning self-exploration, grow into the powerful leader and general of her self-made family and clan. She is low-key the most bad-assed woman in liturature right now. And I know about that one with the dragons. Bitten is a spin-off of a short story Kelley Armstrong wrote for a contest, but the writing is mature, almost reminiscent of other coming of age genre writing. The dialogue was intelligent, self-aware, and very clever. And steamy! Sex just isn't that good when you're young. But the challenges Elena faced, and the way she made mistakes but grew in power is reminiscent of other iconic superheroes at the time. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a trailblazing TV show for female superheros, and Elena was a trailblazing book for women in literature.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More please. This is one of the books that made me fall in love the the supernatural genre!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book My all time favorite book and a great start to an amazing series. I highly recommend reading this series, you wont put it down!
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! I read this book a few years back when Indigo had a special. I absolutely loved it and now own the whole collection. Kelley Armstrong does a great job as an author. She keeps you glued until the end. Her female characters are strong,empowering and takes no BS. Once you start this series you wont stop!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, sexy and exciting ride! I read this book when it first came out and was blown away, I’ve since read every book she’s written, and have given them as gifts to friends! I LOVE the Women of the Underworld series! So strong, empowering, yet vulnerable and real all at the same time. If you saw the series, take the time to read the books, they’re SO much better!!!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I loved this book, it was well written, no grammatical errors and it left me wanting more. So much more in fact, I have bought and read every book in the series.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I was a little skeptical reading this book at first - werewolves and vampires are so overdone, but I was pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites This is the book that made me fall in love with Kelley Armstrong's writing. Strong female main character in a unique version of a beloved genre of fiction.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from starter to a great series This book is okay but it is a great base for an amazing series. I wasn't that blown away by this book but I'm so glad I kept with the series because the rest of the series is great!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from its okay its okay but its a pretty small size if the author were to add all the stories into one giant book that would be much more ideal.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The beginning of greatness!! What a great series and this book started it all for me. This author brings all kinds of worlds together and brings her characters to life. One of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick up this book! I knew the moment I finished this book I had found a new favorite author and a world I wanted to indulge in. Kelley's writing keeps the audience captivated during the entire book (and series). This is a must read!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! After I read this book for the first time I kept coming back for more! It truly is addicting if you love romance, werewolves, drama, action, suspense and a great story. This book is one of many great reads from Kelley Armstrong and I always enjoy her books.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible It took me over a year to finish this book. I hated every second of it. It was painful!!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It all started here This was the first book I read by Kelley Armstrong and it's the book that got me addicted to her. Since reading this Bitten I've gone on to read the rest of the series, plus all of the series she has published and some of her extra online fiction. This is a great book if you are interested in fantasy but still want a more adult take on it. A great read as a teen and again years later.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all-time favourite paranormal series My first attempt into the world of paranormal and I was not disappointed. The dynamic between Elena and Clay keeps you hooked. Lots of action and suspense, it will surely entertain!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start! The first installment into the "Women of the Otherworld" series is spellbinding. Being a fan of the television series, I was familiar with all the characters and the plot but the differences were just enough to keep me eager to turn the page. The Clay and Elena dynamic will keep readers hooked. If you like werewolves, sex, love-triangles, and just the right amount of tension, dive right in!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Elena is the only female werewolf. She's running from her past and building a new life in the city under she's called back to Stonehaven. While trying to help save her pack she has to face her past and the man she's been running from. Kelly Armstrong is a Canadian writer and she's good at it. So it's always great to support one of our own.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Love the women of the otherworld series. This is my favorite author and my favorite series. I love all of the characters and how they go from the different points of view through out the series. Elena is the only female werewolf and she kicks ass. Exciting fast paced read. I will be rereading this series over and over. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then the TV show I bought this book on a whim (before the tv show) because of the title, I was not disappointed!!! I have all the books now and always look forward to the new ones
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Keep Reading! This is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. It's appeal to me, has always been the changing perspectives that transport you from one paranormal species to the other. I've never read any series quite told that way. That being said, this book is perhaps the least exciting of the 13th Women of the Otherworld books. It is a tad slow to start, and the intensity of emotion, and clever writing isn't as evident as in her later writing. I would strongly encourage you to continue reading this series, as the later books are incredibly entertaining, and only improves the series with each new installment.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitten Bitten is the first book of the Women of the Otherwold series by Kelley Armstrong. It sets up the entire series, introducing the werewolf characters, specifically Elena. Its a fast paced, exciting read. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book I read this book a few years ago before the TV series came out. I was waiting around somewhere and saw this book and I got caught up in it after reading a few pages.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING book! I must have read this book at least 5 times over, I loved it so much. Amazing writing style and the story is truly captivating.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it! The book is much better than the tv series as usual, so you would like it for sure. Loved it!!!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I started reading this series a few months ago and haven't been able to put it down since.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite. Been reading Kelly Armstrong since I was teen. One of my favourite authors.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite series Very few books I find I am able to read multiple times, but the Women of the Otherworld series is captivating and very well written.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Probably my favorite book in the series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This is one of the best series I have ever read. Could not put any of the books down #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Otherworld is fantastic #plumreview I loved meeting Elena, and learning of the Otherworld. I think I love Clay more now then I did when I first encountered him in Men of the Otherworld.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! This is the first book I have read from Kelly Armstrong and I can't wait to read the rest of her novels! Very well written!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love for Kelley Armstrong #plumrewards. Awesome read!! Could not put it down!!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hook! This is the first book the the Women of the Underworld series and it instantly hooked me in. Kelley Armstrong quickly became my favorite urban fantasy/paranormal author.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Female Werewolves FTW I read this book in high school and it was my first experience reading a female werewolf. Love the perspective.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book. There's so much depth to the story and the characters. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the first chapter pulled me right in Omg I loved this, the first dew pages of the first chapter and I was hooked. I read so much of kelly armstrong young adult genre, as this is her first one for me in adult LOVED. I was obsessed, Elena the main character was so relatable for me, and the world she lives in with all these struggles being a lone female wolf was highly interesting. Once I finished I had to know more of her story in this series.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series BITTEN is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. With the introduction of Elena Michaels, Clayton and Jeremy Danvers and the Pack, Kelley uses first person narration, in most of her Otherworld storylines, to let the reader into the minds of the characters. Elena is the principle narrator for BITTEN, but through descriptive narration, we can feel the pain and emotion that each characters experiences throughout the storyline. Elena Michaels is a bitten werewolf, and werewolf lore specifically notes, there are NO female wolves, yet Elena is the only made female wolf in existence. Turned by a bite from her werewolf lover Clayton Danvers, Elena spirals out of control and eventually, after years of fighting and warring with her mate, Elena moves to Toronto, to start a new life away from the Pack. When a rogue mutt (werewolf not belonging to any pack) starts a killing spree, Elena and the others are called back to Stonehaven, home of the Pack leader and Alpha Jeremy Danvers, and his enforcer (and adopted son) Clayton. Not ready to face either man, Elena tries to ignore Jeremy’s phone calls, but truth be told, Elena must return, as she is Pack. Leaving behind a confused fiancé, and a heavy heart, Elena heads back to Stonehaven and the only man, who will ever, truly know and love, the real Elena Michaels. With so much history between Elena and Clay, the other Pack members, and best friends to Clay and Jeremy, Nicolas and his father, Antonio Sorrentino, are left in the precarious position of watching from the sidelines as tension mounts. Not wanting to continue her relationship with Clay, Elena tries to avoid all confrontation with her mate. But like wolves in the wild, there is only one true mate for each werewolf, and with Elena, the only known female werewolf, there is much rivalry from ‘outside’ wolves, in other areas and packs. Elena must continuously fend off advances from other males, and potential life-threatening situations because of her position in the Pack. But when fellow pack-members Peter Myers, and close friend Logan Jonsen are murdered, Elena makes it her goal to seek justice and retribution, regardless of the directive of the Alpha. I love this series. I have looked forward to every new release of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. With her many novellas and anthologies, Kelley has revealed plenty of background information and delved into the lives of the werewolves and other supernatural beings throughout her Otherworld series. I was especially thrilled with her Men of the Otherworld collection of short stories, as well as her Tales of the Otherworld. Both of these books were basically ‘prequels’ to the current storyline, and by way of flashbacks and flash-forwards, the story arcs came full circle. Most of the reader’s questions are answered.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read first book to a great series! if you like the book, watch the TV series
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Fantastic book and a great start to the series! Kelley Armstrong can do no wrong!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love This is the first book to an addicting series. Love each and every book. The characters are so wonderfully realistic mixed with the supernatural to create edge of your seat plots. By far one of best book series I've read. Love Kelley Armstrong!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this series! This is my first Kelley Armstrong book, and I quickly became addicted to the series!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This was a great read. I loved the characters and was immediately engrossed in their world. Very hard to put down and I couldn't wait to read the next in the series!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book That Started It All This is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. My obsession began with her young adult Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series', and after learning that they take place in the same world as the Women of the Otherworld, I was really excited to expand the world. This book is a wonderful beginning to a great adult series!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty decent It's 50/50 on whether or not I'll enjoy a book from this author but this one wasn't too bad. I bought this book but never got around to reading it. I ended up watching the first season of the TV series and thought is wasn't that bad so I finally picked up the book. I'm glad to say for the TV show they didn't totally ignore the book and actually followed it pretty closely.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Began my obsession This was the first book I read by Kelley Armstrong at the constant recommendation from my manager. I had to go buy the rest of the series and her other books. One thing I really enjoyed about this series is even though they all take place in the same world, the books are in the perspective of different characters. You get to see the relationship between different supernaturals from their point of view.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I really enjoyed Bitten! I went back and read it a second time awhile ago. Although I really enjoy all of Kelley Armstrong's books this is one of my favourites. I would highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it someone loaned me their copy of the book and I never gave it back its that good
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Kelley Armstrong This is my favourite Kelley Armstrong book! Werewolves are not normally the most interesting creatures to me, but I loved the characters in Bitten (who then carryover to the other books in this series). Elena and Clay have great chemistry. They are hot, without this turning into an erotica novel. Also I enjoyed that parts of this booking took place in Toronto and near my home.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Love! It caught me by surprise that I loved as book about werewolves as much as I did this one. I fell in love with this world; and was engulfed the next ten books and still loving every minute of the last three!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the whole series! This was my first Kelley Armstrong book, and I loved it! I flew through the whole series.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read!!! I bought this book after watching the series on tv and I'm glad I did. I love paranormal romance with lots of mystical creatures, fighting, suspense and of course romance....and this book didn't disappoint.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sexy and Fun! A very sexy, fun read. Strong and lovable characters. I also love that the plot takes place in Toronto. I do love a Canadian book. Lets me relate a bit more to the atmosphere. There are a lot of similarities to the tv series that keep the ambience of the novel however they did change some major plot points.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down This was my introduction to Kelley Armstrong. I loved it! I wasn't into werewolves before this, but it's so clever and well written. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitten Incredible! This book had me hooked from the start and as I quickly devoured the rest of the Women of the Otherworld series, Kelley Armstrong cemented her place as my favourite author.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literally my favourite book. I have never been so captured by a book before. The characters: Elena, the heroine is brave, strong and doesn't take anyone's abuse and Clayton, the hero...He's mean, he's strong. He loves Elena. The love between Elena and Clayton is one the best parts of Bitten. The Pack factor is great. I've never read about werewolves before and this book seriously got me interested. Kudos to Kelly Armstrong for writing Bitten. It is truly amazing. And Clay is really cute in my head. ;)
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely would recommend to a friend I found this book to be a wonderful read, leaving you wanting more and making it quiet difficult to put down, everything is set up well and the characters are developed wonderfully. You definitely fall in love with Clay and Elena which makes it all the more exciting and easy to read as you want to know where things are going with them with each turn of the page. I enjoyed the vocabulary used as well as it really framed out Elena's character for you and gave you the sense that she was indeed a well educated woman. Definitely read this and share it with you're friends.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing I loved this book, I could not stop reading, MUST read. If you have seen the tv show you will love the book!
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitten Just reread this. Loved it again! Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful and gifted writer and this series is a must read
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bitten was a great book that has a great storyline, it focused on one thing and that was great. It shows that females can be strong like makes and teaches you to not run away from your problems.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great I love books about werewolves and love and finding your way in life this good book and show was good too book os much better tho
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Serie! I read all the books from Women of the Otherworld and extra stories. Just an amazing serie of characters. Started another serie from Kelley Armstrong (darkest powers) which is just as great and has the supernaturals live in the same world. A few references are made through the books.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Serie! I read all the books from Women of the Otherworld and extra stories. Just an amazing serie of characters. Started another serie from Kelley Armstrong (darkest powers) which is just as great and has the supernaturals live in the same world. A few references are made through the books.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining A good read, sexy, fun, light and adventurous. Great flawed characters with spunk. Can't wait to read more.
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is the first book in the series. I did find it a bit slow to get into at first, but the further I got into it the more and more I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book. Had some slow parts.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read I was never really an avid reader until a friend recommended this book. Since then I have read hundreds upon hundreds of books, but Bitten is one of my favorites. I go back to read it at least once a year. Elena is a strong women and has endured quite a bit in her life. Becoming a werewolf just adds to the chaos. Not to mention having to interact with all the male werewolves in her life. Her roller coaster ride of a life keeps me coming back to the book because doesn't everyone's life feel like a wild ride at times?
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Great read. Made me fall in love with fantasy books all over again. This series should be the top on everybody's to read list. Highly recommend!!
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bitten I have not yet read the book , but the TV series was fantastic !!!!
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can put down this book!!!!!!!! I started out watching this new series called Bitten on the space channel (I pvr it first) then watched 2 episodes then found out it was based on a book so I stopped watching just recording. Now I can put the book down. Then go back and watch the series and see what's the same or different. :):):):):):););):):):):)
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitten One of the best I have read in a while. Kelly Armstrong is a very gifted writer.
Date published: 2014-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :-) Great read! ♥
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :-) I really enjoyed this book. The characters and story are very interesting. Not like the werewolves from twilight! Not for a young teenage audience. This is a Canadian author and it's a great read!
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) this book was as great as i thought it would be! such beautifully written, paying great detail of how things looked, i closed my eyes and i swear i could of been there, will for sure read the other books in this series, amazing book!!! kelly armstrong has me hooked from the first chapter!!
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. She develops the characters and the surroundings in a way that makes you feel as though you know them and you are experiencing what they are. That is one problem for me though, because when the story ends for the characters it makes me feel as though I lost them and I am still wanting more! Kelley releases novella's every so often that is narrated by one of her Otherworld characters and it allows for readers to still enjoy their new adventures because you just can not get enough of them! In Bitten you get to meet the pack, several mutts and side characters. The characters are unraveled before you and you are not left with any questions as to appearances or personalities of them which I believe is key to a well written story. You fall in love with the characters and want to read on to see how the relationships develop. As the Otherworld series progresses we meet more supernaturals and the story expands while still following the first characters we have met. Overall it is a well written novel and I would recommend the Otherworld series to anyone! (With the exclusion of young teens of course)! If you are wanting an intense series, and one that will leave you wanting to read more then I suggest reading Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. Just make sure that you have the spare time because once Bitten is completed you are going to want to start with Stolen (next book) and the ones that follow there after. Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) A real page turner. Kelley Armstrong is an amazing writer. It was my first book I read of hers and has read many more of her collection.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book by a great author To be honest, I was a little worried when beginning to read Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Not only is it a very long series but it was also classified under the Horror section at Chapters. With my marks being sent to universities within the next couple of months, if I commit to another series, especially a horror series, I will never get any homework done! Much to my surprise, I didn’t find this novel scary at all and it personally didn’t fit my definition of horror – which is a good thing since I get scared easily. When I first started reading, I was a little confused because so many people were introduced at once. I had a bit of trouble remembering who was who. However, once the story began to move at a faster pace, I was able to differentiate between the different characters and began to enjoy the story. Lately I have noticed that I enjoy stories focused around werewolves, fallen angels, Nephilim and characters of that sort and so I really enjoyed reading this story. Usually I get bored if a novel has too much description and not enough dialogue. However, with Bitten, I found that all of the description was needed and was really what made this a good story. I loved the idea behind the story and the ending. Although cliffhangers are good at times, I am very happy with how this ended and would have been disappointed had it ended any differently. The ending was perfect! For the time being, I will not be reading the rest of the series because I simply do not have the time to commit to 14 other books but I will definitely be continuing the Otherworld series at some point soon (hopefully sooner than later)!
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Greast read! A fantastic book though some parts could have been better written.
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitten Bitten is an excellent book filled with mystery, love & werewolves. If you like paranormal books Kelley Armstrong has that and more. They keep you on the edge of your seat and turning those pages until its finished.
Date published: 2013-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite adult series This book quickly made me fall in love with the Women of the Otherworld series. Great detail, get story. Fantastic for fantasy loving adults.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! The writing and detail in this book is amazing! I can't wait to read all in this series. This book gives so much background into the lives of the pack and how they became this way. Excellent all around.
Date published: 2011-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites. This book was my first foray into the steamy world of the supernatural, and I have never looked back. Probably the best that has ever come from Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is a novel I can go back to time and time again and never feel anything less than satisfied. Elena is a phenomenal heroine and her relationship with Clay is just delicious. Clay is just delicious in general. A wonderful read for anyone who has a taste for the supernatural.
Date published: 2011-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "thought it would have better" i was at coles and the sales lady highly recommended the novel and the entire series. i'd seen the series' covers before, but never really paid much attention. the series was on sale and after all the ranting and raving i decided to buy the 1st and 2nd novels. i have not read the 2nd one yet. this one was good, but it was not great. i was expecting a lot more. i read the book in a week. though it does have action i was expecting it to have more twists and suspense. it is in the horror section and i didn't find anything scary in the book. i started another series, because it didn't grab my interest enough. i will start stolen as soon as finish the series i started. i'm hoping stolen will grab me longer for the entire series. on the flip side i really like elena. she is a great character & narrator.
Date published: 2010-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Again, and Again and Again It is not often a friend will suggest a book that not only can't be put down, but that I can read multiple times and enjoy it as if I am reading it for the first time, again. Kelley Armstrong weaves a story of intrigue, unrequited love, lust, loyalty, and mystery so effectively she leaves the reader breathless. Elena is the strong female lead that women want to read about, she has since left her "home" but is called back to help when terror strikes! Through plot twists and turns the reader is left madly flipping pages, and reading at a pace their eyes cannot keep up with. Clayton is the archaically strong male, with an unsually modern need to wait for Elena to forgive him of past transgretions, transgretions that could either make or break is innocence in Elenas eyes. Purchase this book and be prepared to drink a lot of tea (or coffee) while sitting until the last page is turned!
Date published: 2010-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this book!! I have to say Kelly Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is creative and imaginative. The plot is great with lots of twists.This book does not disappoint.
Date published: 2010-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tasty Fluff I was pleasantly surprised to find that this author was Canadian as it helped me fill my Canadian quotient without being overly deep. This book centers around the only female werewolf in existence and the complicated relationship she has with the man who changed her. Trying to avoid what appears to be her destiny she leaves her pack and attempts to develop an ordinary life in Toronto, only to have it destroyed by a call back to the pack. The characters in this book are likeable, it's surprisingly long, I didn't think a 400+ page werewolf romance would hold my attention, but it did. This book isn't going to change the way you think, but it will likely entertain you for a few hours, it's also a little more grown-up than some of the vampire/werewolf stuff floating around out there. I'd recommend it for a light read but I wouldn't read it again. I'm currently debating on reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm hooked My sister told me about Kelley Armstrong and I'm glad she did.
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Otherworld! Of all the recent Fantasy/Thriller novels flooding our world, Kelley Armstrong's "Bitten", is definitely one of the better ones. It is not fussy or overwritten and there is nothing amateur about it. I wanted to read this book. As I was browsing through my library I came across two more of Kelley Armstrong's books that I had forgotten I owned. Shame on me. They are now on my TBR pile.
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed! This particular book I have read, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m not much one for the fantasy type genres but I took a liking to this book as soon as I hit the first page. The author Kelley Armstrong a Canadian native and lives here in Ontario with her family. Knowing this is what actually really prompted me to purchase the book in the first place. This books main character is a very high strong independent woman named Elena who is a journalist living in Toronto as well as the only female werewolf in the world, that being said the book has a very intense, sexy, and powerful feel to it. It is most definitely different from most books in this genre due to the fact that the character is an independent female and the co characters are men. It is very refreshing to read such a thriller that isn’t overly dark and has a great amount of quirkiness and sarcasm. Not only that but it also touches on the every day struggles that women have day to day in the work force for a large company as well as trying to balance a healthy romantic relationship. All in all at the end of the reading day this particular book is the perfect amount of darkness, romance, comedy, and hardship all rolled into one and I would most definitely recommended it to anyone who enjoys reading. I myself had trouble putting the book down!
Date published: 2010-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great!!! I got this book for xmas and didn't read it until a couple of days ago and im wishing i have read it sooner, Great book keeps u wanting alot more, never boring at all, not like some books where they get boring in the middle this one just kept getting better and better
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from dislike well i got this book after reading all the good reviews but i couldnt get into it, i kept putting it down. I got it a very long time ago and have yet to finish the last few chapters. It just bored me. i didnt like or dislike any of the characters, I didnt feel anything for them. Which is too bad, I hoped i would like it but it just didnt click with me.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT!! I really enjoyed this book. I love that its by a Canadian author....I also LOVE that they go to New Brunswick!!!! REPRESENT!!! Haha. The book was very suspenseful the whole time. It reminded me of The Host except 100 times better and with no aliens. But the captive thing. At least in this one, unlike the host, things actually happened in most chapters, not just threatened to happen or talked about maybe happening. Does that make sense? I had a hard time putting it down. I am definitly finishing the rest of the Women of the Otherworld series. Started Dime Store Magic this morning. Great book!
Date published: 2010-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hungry Like a Wolf Bitten is the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. Elena is the world's only female werewolf in existence. She lives in Toronto, has a great job and an amazing boyfriends. Besides changing to wolf at times, she lives a very normal 'human' life. Elena is called one day by the pack's alpha, Jeremy, to return to Stonehaven. Although Elena doesn't want to go, she feels an obligation to Jeremy. She has left the pack behind but does come when summoned. Elena finds out that people are being attacked by wild dogs in Stonehaven. She knows, of course, that they are werewolf’s attacks. She is asked to help find out who is doing the killings. She wants to help but also wants to go back home to her boyfriend and life in Toronto. To make matters worse, she also needs to see Clay. He was the man she loved, the man she was going to marry but he betrayed her in the worse possible way. She needs to come to terms with her wolf, her past and future while trying to help the pack out. This was an amazing book. Kelley Armstrong has a great writing style. I don't usually like werewolf books, but this one was really great. I love Elena's character and how she tries to deal with her past. The chemistry between Clay and Elena was really hot. It felt natural and real. Her betrayal, resentment, hate and love for this man had me on an emotional roller coaster. Great first book in this series. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promising Debut This was my first strictly werewolf book and I found myself really getting into it for the most part. There were some moments I found the story to be a bit slow but overall it was great. I hope the rest of the series is just as good if not better.
Date published: 2009-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Had More Bite!!!! So this is my first book by Kelley Armstrong and I know I like it, bit I feel I should love it. It was a well written book, with characters that are so well developed. Yet I found the character of Elena a bit annoying at times. So here is the gist of the plot we meet Elena a woman trying to fit into the human world. Coming from a messed up childhood all she wants is normalcy and a mundane life. Things change for Elena when she is Bitten by someone who she loved completely. She is turned into a werewolf, and she is also the first and only female werewolf. Wolves can be made but not all survive. So here is this woman who is not only a wolf but is living to tell the tale. She has emotional struggles about where she fits in; wanting to be human but knowing that a few times a week she has to go through her change. Elena returns home to The Pack after some suspicious calls from her pack brother. This is the last thing Elena wants, to be thrown back to the wolves. She fears coming face to face with that man that she loved and was betrayed by. All her anger is for him because he changed her from an ordinary woman to that of a female wolf. We meet Clay who is beautiful by the way, his description makes his looks angelic but he is far from that. Under all that good looks is the most dangerous wolf. A ruthless killer with no understanding of humanity yet he tries to conform for Elena. The other wolves are awesome, the father figure who is the Alpha, Nick the cute and frisky best friend of Clay. A well balance crew of characters. So someone is out to destroy the pack. A group of wolves called Mutts, wolves who are not apart of the Pack. Who live their lives as the lowest of lows. They have come to the town where the pack lives and are trying to destroy the foundation of home that they have built. With huge dog sightings and bodies turning up all over town, something has to be done. Action is huge part of this book, definitely not a boring read. I love how the wolves maul humans, so sick and awesome. It took me awhile to get into this book, very slow in the beginning for me, but after awhile it picked up speed and moved along nicely. The reason is because I could not like the character of Elena; her procrastination became annoying after awhile. The whole I want him but then I don’t was driving me crazy. Plus I was waiting fir her to express her anger on the person who bit her. That showdown never came just a few arguments and then some sex in the bush. Still enjoyed it and will continue the series. I am expecting some growth from Elena. On the PL scale it’s a 2 a few love scenes but very mild. Sexy but mild.
Date published: 2009-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! If you like Twilight or the Sookie Stackhouse novels, read this series! I've only read the first so far but it was awesome! Written 4 years before Twilight was and is definitely less for the teen generation. Am going to buy the 2nd in the series today!
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I don't usually read werewolf stuff but this was really good. I already have the second and I still have 30 pages of bitten to read.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Amazing Book!!!! I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. I loved Kelley's dark powers series I had very high expectations for this book and reading this book in only two days I have to say that I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book. It had romance, action, mystery, self-discovery and the fantasy that I have come to love. Kelley takes us into a very different world of werewolves. Violent, dark and often wittingly funny, Bitten is a very original novel that takes the werewolf legend and puts some much needed life back into the genre. A must read for any fantasy lover.
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very believable werewolves This is a first novel in a collection called 'Women of the Otherworld'. . Most werewolves are male and the result of the mating of a male werewolf with a human female. Elena joined the ranks after being bitten and amazingly surviving the transformation. She seems to be the only female werewolf in North America that her pack is aware of. Lucky for her, she has been adopted in a pack lead by the Alpha, Jeremy Danvers, who live near Syracuse, New York. . From the day of her 'bite' Elena has rebelled against being a werewolf and having to live within its confines. She desperately wants back her human life with all the details of love, family and job. She finds this increasing hard to do when Jeremy calls and says its urgent she return to the pack. They need her help. . Its interesting to meet the pack members and learn their histories, specially that of Clayton who was found as a child living alone in a swamp in Florida many years earlier. The pack functions together as a family with a very big secret that must be maintained at all costs. What is different is that they all defer to the Alpha and would never questions him, well, with the exception of Elena who was not raised in the pack. . I loved reading how Elena struggled to maintain her human ties while distancing herself from the pack. She still wanted the 'family' she hadn't had since her parents died when she was quite young. She kept being drawn back to the pack by her werewolf nature and to ensure her survival and ultimately that of the pack, she had to discover her true self. . The subtitle may be "Women of the Otherworld" but the majority of the novel is filled with totally ripped men, OK, they are werewolves but don't let that interfere with your enjoyment. . Canadian Author Kelley Armstrong has created a world in which werewolves and human live side by side. This could be peaceful except for a number of 'mutts' who wantonly continue to kill humans. Shame that there is always someone who wants to spoil it for everyone else. . This world continues throughout the 'Women of the Otherworld' series as well as the 'Darkest Powers' series. It seems that new characters appear in each book. I'll have to read more to find out for sure. Be sure to visit Kelley's website for full details on each book and how the series interact with each other. .
Date published: 2009-06-28

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I HAVE TO.I've been fighting it all night. I'm going to lose. My battle is as futile as a woman feeling the first pangs of labor and deciding it's an inconvenient time to give birth. Nature wins out. It always does.It's nearly two a.m., too late for this foolishness and I need my sleep. Four nights spent cramming to meet a deadline have left me exhausted. It doesn't matter. Patches of skin behind my knees and elbows have been tingling and now begin to burn. My heart beats so fast I have to gulp air. I clench my eyes shut, willing the sensations to stop but they don't.Philip is sleeping beside me. He's another reason why I shouldn't leave, sneaking out in the middle of the night again and returning with a torrent of lame excuses. He's working late tomorrow. If I can just wait one more day. My temples begin to throb. The burning sensation in my skin spreads down my arms and legs. The rage forms a tight ball in my gut and threatens to explode.I've got to get out of here-I don't have a lot of time left.Philip doesn't stir when I slip from the bed. There's a pile of clothing tucked underneath my dresser so I won't risk the squeaks and groans of opening drawers and closets. I pick up my keys, clasping my fist around them so they don't jangle, ease open the door, and creep into the hallway.Everything's quiet. The lights seem dimmed, as if overpowered by the emptiness. When I push the elevator button, it creaks out a complaint at being disturbed at so ungodly an hour. The first floor and lobby are equally empty. People who can afford the rent this close to downtown Toronto are comfortably asleep by this time.My legs itch as well as hurt and I curl my toes to see if the itching stops. It doesn't. I look down at the car keys in my hand. It's too late to drive to a safe place-the itching has crystallized into a sharp burn. Keys in my pocket, I stride onto the streets, looking for a quiet place to Change. As I walk, I monitor the sensation in my legs, tracing its passage to my arms and the back of my neck. Soon. Soon. When my scalp starts to tingle, I know I have walked as far as I can so I search for an alley. The first one I find has been claimed by two men squeezed together inside a tattered big-screen TV box. The next alley is empty. I hurry to the end and undress quickly behind a barricade of trash bins, hide the clothes under an old newspaper. Then I start the Change.My skin stretches. The sensation deepens and I try to block the pain. Pain. What a trivial word-agony is better. One doesn't call the sensation of being flayed alive "painful." I inhale deeply and focus my attention on the Change, dropping to the ground before I'm doubled over and forced down. It's never easy-perhaps I'm still too human. In the struggle to keep my thoughts straight, I try to anticipate each phase and move my body into position-head down, on all fours, arms and legs straight, feet and hands flexed, and back arched. My leg muscles knot and convulse. I gasp and strain to relax. Sweat breaks out, pouring off me in streams, but the muscles finally relent and untwist themselves. Next comes the ten seconds of hell that used to make me swear I'd rather die than endure this again. Then it's over.Changed.I stretch and blink. When I look around, the world has mutated to an array of colors unknown to the human eye, blacks and browns and grays with subtle shadings that my brain still converts to blues and greens and reds. I lift my nose and inhale. With the Change, my already keen senses sharpen even more. I pick up scents of fresh asphalt and rotting tomatoes and window-pot mums and day-old sweat and a million other things, mixing together in an odor so overwhelming I cough and shake my head. As I turn, I catch distorted fragments of my reflection in a dented trash can. My eyes stare back at me. I curl my lips back and snarl at myself. White fangs flash in the metal.I am a wolf, a 130-pound wolf with pale blond fur. The only part of me that remains are my eyes, sparking with a cold intelligence and a simmering ferocity that could never be mistaken for anything but human.I look around, inhaling the scents of the city again. I'm nervous here. It's too close, too confined; it reeks of human spoor. I must be careful. If I'm seen, I'll be mistaken for a dog, a large mixed breed, perhaps a husky and yellow Labrador mix. But even a dog my size is cause for alarm when it's running loose. I head for the back of the laneway and seek a path through the underbelly of the city.My brain is dulled, disoriented not by my change of form but by the unnaturalness of my surroundings. I can't get my bearings and the first alley I go down turns out to be the one I'd encountered in human form, the one with the two men in the faded Sony box. One of them is awake now. He's tugging the remnants of a filth-encrusted blanket between his fingers as if he can stretch it large enough to cover himself against the cold October night. He looks up and sees me. His eyes widen. He starts to shrink back, then stops himself. He says something. His voice is crooning, the musical, exaggerated tones people use with infants and animals. If I concentrated, I could make out the words, but there's no point. I know what he's saying, some variation of "nice doggy," repeated over and over in a variety of inflections. His hands are outstretched, palms out to ward me off, the physical language contradicting the vocal. Stay back-nice doggy-stay back. And people wonder why animals don't understand them.I can smell the neglect and waste rising from his body. It smells like weakness, like an aged deer driven to the fringe of the herd, prime pickings for predators. If I were hungry, he'd smell like dinner. Fortunately, I'm not hungry yet, so I don't have to deal with the temptation, the conflict, the revulsion. I snort, condensation trumpeting from my nostrils, then turn and lope back up the alley.Ahead is a Vietnamese restaurant. The smell of food is embedded in the very wood frame of the building. On a rear addition, an exhaust fan turns slowly, clicking with each revolution as one blade catches the metal screen casing. Below the fan a window is open. Faded sunflower-print curtains billow out in the night breeze. I can hear people inside, a room full of people, grunting and whistling in sleep. I want to see them. I want to stick my muzzle in the open window and look inside. A werewolf can have a lot of fun with a roomful of unprotected people.I start to creep forward but a sudden crackle and hiss stops me. The hiss softens, then is drowned out by a man's voice, sharp, his words snapped off like icicles. I turn my head each way, radar searching for the source. He's farther down the street. I abandon the restaurant and go to him. We are curious by nature.He's standing in a three-car parking lot wedged at the end of a narrow passage between buildings. He holds a walkie-talkie to his ear and leans one elbow against a brick wall, casual but not resting. His shoulders are relaxed. His gaze goes nowhere. He is confident in his place, that he has a right to be here and little to fear from the night. The gun dangling from his belt probably helps. He stops talking, jabs a button, and slams the walkie-talkie into its holster. His eyes scan the parking lot once, taking inventory and seeing nothing requiring his attention. Then he heads deeper into the alley maze. This could be amusing. I follow.My nails click against the pavement. He doesn't notice. I pick up speed, darting around trash bags and empty boxes. Finally, I'm close enough. He hears the steady clicking behind him and stops. I duck behind a Dumpster, peer around the corner. He turns and squints into the darkness. After a second he starts forward. I let him get a few steps away, then resume the pursuit. This time when he stops, I wait one extra second before diving for cover. He lets out a muffled oath. He's seen something-a flash of motion, a shadow flickering, something. His right hand slips to his gun, caressing the metal, then pulling back, as if the reassurance is enough. He hesitates, then looks up and down the alley, realizing he is alone and uncertain what to do about it. He mutters something, then continues walking, quicker this time.As he walks, his eyes flick from side to side, wariness treading the border of alarm. I inhale deeply, picking up only wisps of fear, enough to make my heart pound, but not enough to send my brain spinning out of control. He's safe quarry for a stalking game. He won't run. I can suppress most of my instincts. I can stalk him without killing him. I can suffer the first pangs of hunger without killing him. I can watch him pull his gun without killing him. Yet if he runs, I won't be able to stop myself. That's a temptation I can't fight. If he runs, I will chase. If I chase, either he'll kill me or I'll kill him.As he turns the corner down a connecting alley, he relaxes. All has been silent behind him. I creep from my hiding place, shifting my weight to the back of my foot pads to muffle the sound of my nails. Soon I am only a few feet behind him. I can smell his aftershave, almost masking the natural scent of a long day's work. I can see his white socks appearing and disappearing between his shoes and pant legs. I can hear his breathing, the slight elevation in tempo betraying the fact that he's walking faster than usual. I ease forward, coming close enough that I could lunge if I want to and knock him to the ground before he even thought to reach for his gun. His head jerks up. He knows I'm there. He knows something is there. I wonder if he will turn. Does he dare to look, to face something he can't see or hear, but can only sense? His hand slides to his gun, but he doesn't turn. He walks faster. Then he swings back to the safety of the street.I follow him to the end and observe from the darkness. He strides forward, keys in hand, to a parked cruiser, unlocks it, and hops inside. The car roars and squeals from the curb. I watch the receding taillights and sigh. Game over. I won.That was nice but it wasn't nearly enough to satisfy me. These city backstreets are too confining. My heart is thudding with unspent excitement. My legs are aching with built-up energy. I must run.A wind gusts from the south, bringing the sharp tang of Lake Ontario with it. I think of heading to the beach, imagine running along the stretch of sand, feeling the icy water slapping against my paws, but it's not safe. If I want to run, I must go to the ravine. It's a long way, but I have little choice unless I plan to skulk around human-smelling alleyways for the rest of the night. I swing to the northwest and begin the journey.Nearly a half hour later, I'm standing at the crest of a hill. My nose twitches, picking up the vestiges of an illegal leaf fire smoldering in a nearby yard. The wind bristles through my fur, chill, nearly cold, invigorating. Above me, traffic thunders across the overpass. Below is sanctuary, a perfect oasis in the middle of the city. I leap forward, throwing myself off. At last I'm running. My legs pick up the rhythm before I'm halfway down the ravine. I close my eyes for a second and feel the wind slice across my muzzle. As my paws thump against the hard earth, tiny darts of pain shoot up my legs, but they make me feel alive, like jolting awake after an overlong sleep. The muscles contract and extend in perfect harmony. With each stretch comes an ache and a burst of physical joy. My body is thanking me for the exercise, rewarding me with jolts of near-narcotic adrenaline. The more I run, the lighter I feel, the pain falling free as if my paws are no longer striking the ground. Even as I race along the bottom of the ravine, I feel like I'm still running downhill, gaining energy instead of expending it. I want to run until all the tension in my body flies away, leaving nothing but the sensations of the moment. I couldn't stop if I wanted to. And I don't want to.Dead leaves crackle under my paws. Somewhere in the forest an owl hoots softly. It has finished its hunting and rests contented, not caring who knows it's around. A rabbit bolts out of a thicket and halfway across my path, then realizes its mistake and zooms back into the undergrowth. I keep running. My heart pounds. Against my rising body heat, the air feels ice-cold, stinging as it storms through my nostrils and into my lungs. I inhale, savoring the shock of it hitting my insides. I'm running too fast to smell anything. Bits of scents flutter through my brain in a jumbled montage that smells of freedom. Unable to resist, I finally skid to a halt, throw my head back, and howl. The music pours up from my chest in a tangible evocation of pure joy. It echoes through the ravine and soars to the moonless sky, letting them all know I'm here. I own this place! When I'm done, I drop my head, panting with exertion. I'm standing there, staring down into a scattering of yellow and red maple leaves, when a sound pierces my self-absorption. It's a growl, a soft, menacing growl. There's a pretender to my throne.I look up to see a brownish yellow dog standing a few meters away. No, not a dog. My brain takes a second, but it finally recognizes the animal. A coyote. The recognition takes a second because it's unexpected. I've heard there are coyotes in the city, but have never encountered one. The coyote is equally confused. Animals don't know what to make of me. They smell human, but see wolf and, just when they decide their nose is tricking them, they look into my eyes and see human. When I encounter dogs, they either attack or turn tail and run. The coyote does neither. It lifts its muzzle and sniffs the air, then bristles and pulls its lips back in a drawn-out growl. It's half my size, scarcely worth my notice. I let it know this with a lazy "get lost" growl and a shake of my head. The coyote doesn't move. I stare at it. The coyote breaks the gaze-lock first.I snort, toss my head again, and slowly turn away. I'm halfway turned when a flash of brown fur leaps at my shoulder. Diving to the side, I roll out of the way, then scramble to my feet. The coyote snarls. I give a serious growl, a canine "now you're pissing me off." The coyote stands its ground. It wants a fight. Good.My fur rises on end, my tail bushing out behind me. I lower my head between my shoulder bones and lay my ears flat. My lips pull back and I feel the snarl tickling up through my throat then reverberating into the night. The coyote doesn't back down. I crouch and I'm about to lunge when something hits me hard in the shoulder, throwing me off balance. I stumble, then twist to face my attacker. A second coyote, gray-brown, hangs from my shoulder, fangs sunk to the bone. With a roar of rage and pain, I buck up and throw my weight to the side. As the second coyote flies free, the first launches itself at my face. Ducking my head, I catch it in the throat, but my teeth clamp down on fur instead of flesh and it squirms away. It tries to back off for a second lunge, but I leap at it, backing it into a tree. It rears up, trying to get out of my way. I slash for its throat. This time I get my grip. Blood spurts in my mouth, salty and thick. The coyote's mate lands on my back. My legs buckle. Teeth sink into the loose skin beneath my skull. Fresh pain arcs through me. Concentrating hard, I keep my grip on the first coyote's throat. I steady myself, then release it for a split second, just long enough to make the fatal slash and tear. As I pull back, blood sprays into my eyes, blinding me. I swing my head hard, ripping out the coyote's throat. Once I feel it go limp, I toss it aside, then throw myself on the ground and roll over. The coyote on my back yips in surprise and releases its hold. I jump up and turn in the same motion, ready to take this other animal out of the game, but it scrambles up and dives into the brush. With a flash of wire-brush tail, it's gone. I look at the dead coyote. Blood streams from its throat, eagerly lapped up by the dry earth below. A tremor runs through me, like the final shudder of sated lust. I close my eyes and shiver. Not my fault. They attacked me first. The ravine has gone quiet, echoing the calm that floods through me. Not so much as a cricket chirps. The world is dark and silent and sleeping.I try to examine and clean my wounds, but they are out of reach. I stretch and assess the pain. Two deep cuts, both bleeding only enough to mat my fur. I'll live. I turn and start the trip out of the ravine. In the alley I Change then yank my clothes on and scurry to the sidewalk like a junkie caught shooting up in the shadows. Frustration fills me. It shouldn't end like this, dirty and furtive, amidst the garbage and filth of the city. It should end in a clearing in the forest, clothes abandoned in some thicket, stretched out naked, feeling the coolness of the earth beneath me and the night breeze tickling my bare skin. I should be falling asleep in the grass, exhausted beyond all thought, with only the miasma of contentedness floating through my mind. And I shouldn't be alone. In my mind, I can see the others, lying around me in the grass. I can hear the familiar snores, the occasional whisper and laugh. I can feel warm skin against mine, a bare foot hooked over my calf, twitching in a dream of running. I can smell them: their sweat, their breath, mingling with the scent of blood, smears from a deer killed in the chase. The image shatters and I am staring into a shopwindow, seeing nothing but myself reflected back. My chest tightens in a loneliness so deep and so complete I can't breathe.I turn quickly and lash out at the nearest object. A streetlamp quavers and rings with the blow. Pain sears down my arm. Welcome to reality-changing in alleyways and creeping back to my apartment. I am cursed to live between worlds. On the one side there is normalcy. On the other, there is a place where I can be what I am with no fear of reprisals, where I can commit murder itself and scarcely raise the eyebrows of those around me, where I am even encouraged to do so to protect the sanctity of that world. But I left and I can't return. I won't return.As I walk to the apartment, my anger blisters the pavement with every step. A woman curled up under a pile of dirty blankets peers out as I pass and instinctively shrinks back into her nest. As I round the corner, two men step out and size up my prospects as prey. I resist the urge to snarl at them, but just barely. I walk faster and they seem to decide I'm not worth chasing. I shouldn't be here. I should be home in bed, not prowling downtown Toronto at four a.m. A normal woman wouldn't be here. It's yet another reminder that I'm not normal. Not normal. I look down the darkened street and I can read a billet on a telephone post fifty feet off. Not normal. I catch a whiff of fresh bread from a bakery starting production miles away. Not normal. I stop by a storefront, grab a bar over the windows, and flex my biceps. The metal groans in my hand. Not normal. Not normal. I chant the words in my head, flagellating myself with them. The anger only grows.Outside my apartment door, I stop and inhale deeply. I mustn't wake Philip. And if I do, I mustn't let him see me like this. I don't need a mirror to know what I look like: skin taut, color high, eyes incandescent with the rage that always seems to follow a Change now. Definitely not normal.When I finally enter the apartment, I hear his measured breathing from the bedroom. Still asleep. I'm nearly to the bathroom when his breathing catches."Elena?"His voice is a sleep-stuffed croak."Just going to the washroom." I try to slip past the doorway, but he's sitting up, peering nearsightedly at me. He frowns."Fully dressed?" he says."I went out." A moment of silence. He runs a hand through his dark hair and sighs."It's not safe. Damn it, Elena. We've discussed this. Wake me up and I'll go with you.""I need to be alone. To think.""It's not safe.""I know. I'm sorry."I creep into the bathroom, spending longer than necessary. I pretend to use the toilet, wash my hands with enough water to fill a Jacuzzi, then find a fingernail that needs elaborate filing attention. When I finally decide Philip has fallen back asleep, I head for the bedroom. The bedside lamp is on. He's propped on his pillow, glasses in place. I hesitate in the doorway. I can't bring myself to cross the threshold, to go and crawl into bed with him. I hate myself for it, but I can't do it. The memory of the night lingers and I feel out of place here.When I don't move, Philip shifts his legs over the side of the bed and sits up. "I didn't mean to snap," he says. "I worry. I know you need your freedom and I'm trying-"He stops and rubs his hand across his mouth. His words slice through me. I know he doesn't mean them as a reprimand, but they are a reminder that I'm screwing this up, that I'm fortunate to have found someone as patient and understanding as Philip, but I'm wearing through that patience at breakneck speed and all I seem capable of doing is standing back and waiting for the final crash. "I know you need your freedom," he says again. "But there has to be some other way. Maybe you could go out in the morning, early. If you prefer night, we could drive down to the lake. You could walk around. I could sit in the car and keep an eye on you. Maybe I could walk with you. Stay twenty paces behind or something." He manages a wry smile. "Or maybe not. I'd probably get picked up by the cops, the middle-aged guy stalking the beautiful young blonde." He pauses, then leans forward. "That's your cue, Elena. You're supposed to remind me that forty-one is far from middle-aged.""We'll work something out," I say.We can't, of course. I have to run under the cover of night and I have to do it alone. There is no compromise.As he sits on the edge of the bed, watching me, I know we're doomed. My only hope is to make this relationship so otherwise perfect that Philip might come to overlook our one insurmountable problem. To do that, my first step should be to go to him, crawl in bed, kiss him and tell him I love him. But I can't. Not tonight. Tonight I'm something else, something he doesn't know and couldn't understand. I don't want to go to him like this."I'm not tired," I say. "I might as well stay up. Do you want breakfast?"He looks at me. Something in his expression falters and I know I've failed-again. But he doesn't say anything. He pulls his smile back in place. "Let's go out. Someplace in this city has to be open this early. We'll drive around until we find it. Drink five cups of coffee and watch the sun come up. Okay?"I nod, not trusting myself to speak."Shower first?" he says."Or flip for it?""You go ahead."He kisses my cheek as he passes. I wait until I hear the shower running, then head for the kitchen.Sometimes I get so hungry.From the Hardcover edition.

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