Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, Book 1) by Kelley Armstrong
Bitten, an urban fantasy novel by Kelley Armstrong, has all the trappings of a good book: a love triangle, copious action scenes, and a woman trapped between two worlds. All of this, however, can’t save the book from Elena, the spineless and selfish protagonist.
Elena is a werewolf, changed against her will by her fiance, Clay. She struggled against the change, forcing the Pack Alpha to imprison her until she could accept her new life. Eventually, Elena embraces it, and joins the Pack fully, tracking down and maintaining a file on all the non-Pack werewolves (Mutts) across the country. If a Mutt oversteps his bounds, Elena and Clay are sent to punish the offender. Until Elena can no longer deal with her complete loss of humanity.
She abandons the Pack, fleeing to Toronto to live life as a human. She even takes a human lover, Philip, and the two eventually move in together. This is the life Elena believe she wants. But Clay and Jeremy have other ideas. They call her back to the Pack. To help track a killer.
Sounds exciting right? And everything about this book is. Except Elena. She wavers back and forth between being human and being a werewolf. Between loving Philip and loving Clay. Between being headstrong and being passive. Because Elena can’t make any of the tough decisions, she ends up having almost zero personality.
Clay, however, is the complete opposite. He knows what he wants (Elena), and he is ruthless in his attempt to win her back. He has been a werewolf far longer than he was human, and lives his life by werewolf rules. Human morals and laws have no meaning to him. Clay keeps the book exciting, but Elena’s attempts to avoid him keep the reader annoyed.
Bitten, the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series featured a lackluster protagonist. The exciting plot and other, more interesting characters, couldn’t quite save this book from Elena.