Review – Bitten
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  • July 1, 2010

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 for me – Maggie Stiefvater, Andrea Cremer, and Sisters Red were also quite good. Though, admittedly, the Werewolves were the baddies, not the goodies. I’m just not big on Werewolves being the only preternatural element. They don’t do it for me to carry a story. That said it’s a good thing I am planning on reading this soon. Le eyeroll.

Besides that Armstrong’s writing style does very little for me. I read The Summoning before and I was underwhelmed. Her writing does not compel me, does not keep my attention glued to the pages. She spends way to long establishing ideas for my tastes (sometimes a whole page devoted to one paragraph). And the inner dialogue of Elena does not makes her sympathetic to me. I didn’t like her as a narrator, and (from what Armstrong fans and friends of mine tell me) she’s supposed to be the best narrator of the whole series?! Incredulous. I was bored the whole first chunk of the book and, as a result, didn’t even crack my customary 75 page rule. Ouch.

1 out of 5 stars.


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2010-07-05 05:14:55 Reply

You need to read RAISED BY WOLVES by Jenn Lynn Barnes. One of the best werewolf books I’ve read.


2010-07-05 15:00:37 Reply

I read it, well… half of it earlier this year. I was, decidely, NOT IMPRESSED… in fact, that was the very book that made me realize I was getting over the Werewolf/pack dynamic… it was so tedious and the only thing that slightly perked my attention was the boy in the cage.. then nothing happens with him for the longest time and I veered before anything did, I fear.

Maggie Stiefvater, Andrea Cremer…that’s where it is for me…shorter, simpler, to the point. And gorgeously written.

Melissa (My words and pages)

2010-07-05 17:37:23 Reply

So sorry you didn’t care for this book. I just finished with Waking the Witch and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to going back to the beginning of this series to this one. Thanks for the review.