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An addictive, deeply enjoyable thrill ride on the frontier of the feral and feminine...a debut novel of astonishing imaginative power from the future queen of suspense. Elena Michaels slips out of bed, careful not to wake her boyfriend. He hates it when she disappears in the middle of the night, and can't understand why any normal woman would crave the small hours of the morning, the dark unsafe downtown streets. But Elena's skin is tingling, the pent-up energy feels like it's about to blow her muscles apart-she can't put it off any longer. She loves to run at the edge of the city, but she doesn't have time to get there. She has to slink into an alley, take off her clothes and hide them carefully, and make the Change. Elena's trying hard to be normal. She hates her strength, and her wildness, and her hunger for food, for sex, for running in the night, for the chase and the kill. She wants a husband, children...even a mother-in-law. Or at least that's what she tells herself. And then the inevitable happens. The Pack needs her. The Pack she loves and hates is under siege from a bunch of disreputable and ruthless mutts who are threatening to expose them all, breaking all the rules that have kept them safe. The loyalty of her nature calls her home, and into the fight, which tests just who Elena is: the wild woman or the wistful would-be human.
- A personal favorite
I am a huge fan of this book. Something about it has a security blanket quality to me and I loyally read it and Stolen at least once a year. I guess if I had to say why it would be that I love the dynamic between Clay, Elena, and Jeremy and never tire of it. I also find Clayton to be a fascinating character, and overall very entertaining. I have read her other books and none have captured my attention and affection like the first two.
Sure there are problems, with pacing, with character development of secondary characters, etc. But overall it is a fun book about running away to find yourself, and about unorthodox love and family structures.
And turning into wolves, which is the best part....more info
- The intro into the women of the otherworld
I purchased this book at a bookstore just having read the back cover; not knowing if Kelly Armstrong was a good author or anything about her stories. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book AND the entire series. I really like reading the story of how the only female werewolf on the planet came to be. How she tried to hide it and make a life for herself. Kelley Armstrong really has a good thing going with this series. I can't wait to read Book #7!...more info
- A dull, thinly veiled "Mary-Sue" romp
I seem to be in the minority, but I did not enjoy this book at all. The main character is, of course, the "only female to ever survive becoming a werewolf" but this was only the start of her amazing speshulness. I felt the plot got swallowed up by the author's need to self-insert and 'play' in her world, and the only reason I finished this book was that I was on a plane and had nothing else to do. The plot fishtails several times, and isn't all that interesting to start with. In short, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth concerning the author in general, and will likely skip her books in the future....more info
- Excellent supernatural fantasy - Book 1
This is the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series.
It is easy to read and attracted me by being more along the lines of Buffy rather than the more traditional supernatural horror story.
The characters are easy to relate to and very well written. I strongly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys supernatural fantasy but is scared of the darker horror stories out there!...more info
- Fresh take on werewolf lore- with a sexy edge!
Extremely well written, Bitten has got to be one of the best werewolf novels out there right now- from a female perspective at least.
Told from the 1st person voice, Bitten starts off with the heroine, Elena Michaels, living in Toronto and trying to maintain a normal existence- far from her "pack". Elena has the distinction of being one of the few werewolves "created"- i.e. she was bitten and turned rather than born as one. And too, there aren't many female werewolves as the gene is inherited from male to male.
When she receives a message from her pack leader she's wary. If she responds, she knows they will suck her back in and, more than anything, she desires a normal life once again. But when the boys back home don't respond to her return calls, she's concerned enough to leave her live-in boyfriend and go investigate.
When arriving at the isolated pack compound, she's relieved to discover her two main concerns, the pack leader Jeremey and his number 1, Clayton, are all right. Still, she's ready to get the heck out of dodge even though it's the last thing these two men want or will allow:
Jeremy, for one, because he's got a problem that he thinks only Elena can help with. A mutt is on the loose- mutt being a rogue werewolf belonging to no pack- and he's apparently killing close to their home turf. Since they have been living peaceably with their neighbors for years and have been left relatively alone, this is the last thing they need. Elena's old job for the pack was keeping tabs on the mutts which is why she is needed so desperately by the pack leader.
Clay has his own selfish motives for wanting Elena to stay- she's his mate and he's tired of her running from it- even though she has a big VALID reason for wanting no part of him. How it all pans out, as well as what happens when Clay and Elena return to Toronto, made the book even more exciting as far as I'm concerned!
Armstrong has obviously taken a lot of time in research to put in as much authenticity to the world of werewolves she's created. At the heart of these characters is their animal nature and most of the time they are unapologetic about it- I think that's cool. Because of this, the novel comes off fresh while still retaining a dark, sexy edge.
Good read if you like the paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre!...more info
- Strong werewolf story; good paranormal thriller
I started the Women of the Otherworld series from the middle with Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, Book 3), Industrial Magic: Women of the Otherworld and Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, Book 5) a couple years back. I loved those and have wanted to get my hands on the beginning of the story, to learn more about Elena, ever since. I'm very glad I have done so.
Elena is the only one of her kind - a female werewolf. In a world where only male werewolves are born, where only men survive being bitten by werewolves and where only men matter, she stands alone. Angry, defensive and stubborn, she leaves her Pack and sets out to make a life of her own in the human world, where she strives to balance a "normal" life with the needs of a werewolf, which she must keep secret from everyone, including her lover Phillip. However, she receives a summons from the Pack Alpha, Jeremy, telling her she is needed back in New York state, where the Pack is located.
When she arrives, she discovers the Pack is in danger of discovery. Locals have discovered bodies that appear to have been savaged by "large dogs," which a couple of eyewitnesses have actually seen. Outsiders are even intruding into the Pack's territory, which leaves Pack members in danger of discovery. Are the deaths caused by "mutts" - non-Pack werewolves? Or are they caused by Clay, a Pack member with a short fuse and a strong territorial streak - who also happens to be Elena's former lover and the one who bit her?
This book is a strong introduction to the series, which is written in such as way as to feature strong heroines - thus the title of the series, obviously. I enjoyed it a great deal. A strong recommend!...more info
- Best Book
This is a wonderful book i love this genre and this is one of my all time favorite books...more info
- No candy hearts and fluffy bunnies
Armstrong bursts onto the writing scene with her first novel of The Women of the Otherworld series, "Bitten." In this werewolf-gone-bad story, the main character, Elena Michaels must face her past and herself if she is going to help stop a killer and protect those who care about her the most.
A bit different than the average werewolf book I've read, I found the characters to be believable and engaging. It has an edge to it that is gritty and more real than a lot of the "supernatural" books out there. The story moved along nicely, with a bit of romance on the side, but not so much as to detract from the storyline. I will warn though that there is the occasional graphic violence. Still, if you have a strong stomach, it's a great read....more info
- Not a run of the mill werewolf story
Just when I thought the werewolf genre would have to slip down a notch on my reading list I discovered (via a friend) how wonderfully delightful Ms. Armstrong's Elena is. Not an average love story but a true thriller. Taken by her strong writing skills I found myself captivated as each twist and turn pushed me into the world of the only female werewolf. Great spinning of a wonderfully written tale....more info
- Fun Read
I have a very busy work schedule and enjoy a good read when I can find the time, usually if a book hasn't grabbed my attention by page 30 it goes in the donation box. This book had a very slow start, if it wasnt for a good friend who assured me that I would like it, it would have gone in the box, however I gave it a chance and about a quarter of the way in I didnt want to put the book down, and by 3/4 of the way couldn't put it down. This would have 5 stars except for the slow start....more info
- Amazing Adventure
This book was quite amazing and I am very glad that I had bought it. It has an amazing tale, and since I am a werewolf/vampire addict, I couldnt help but read it once again after I had finished. The characters seem real and when reading, it is like you're part of the story and can see everything going around. I enjoyed it very much....more info
- This is a total rave because we just loved it!
There's a new werewolf in town. A whole pack of them, actually: Jeremy the Alpha, Nicholas, Antonio, Peter, Logan, and Elena, the only female werewolf in existence. To say she's regarded as special is a huge understatement. And there's Clayton, a werewolf with a genius IQ, a low frustration tolerance, and a simmering, smouldering, dark sexuality that'll make your hair curl. My goodness. Clay was taken under Jeremy's wing when he was found as a wild (werewolf) child, totally out of control. Now he's barely in control - dare we say, barely leashed? Elena has tried to leave this elite pack of werewolves, struggling as she does with the whole issue of not being human. To all appearances she leads a normal life as a journalist, with a live-in (normal) lover. She just has the odd midnight run as a wolf to keep her personal demons at bay. Then Jeremy calls her home, and the ties of the wild supersede everything else. Her elite pack is targeted by `mutts' - lone werewolves. The pack has something they want, and if necessary they'll fight to the death to get it. Oh, and Elena and the simmering Clay have, whew! lots of unfinished business... Bitten is a sensual, heart-stopping debut novel, real edge-of-the-seat stuff. This is a total rave because we just loved it! Clay's still sending a thrill - or is it a chill? down our spine. ...more info
- I LOVED IT!
I am new to this author and this series. However, I have blown through five books in about a month (which is AMAZING as I have a 1-year-old at home) which means I gave valuable SLEEP TIME up to read them. The book was a great easy read with characters that you can't help but root for and villians you can't wait to see fail. Although I have a few more to read, I am already missing all the characters when I am done......more info
- Good writing, tired story
My initial impression from the first few chapters was very promising and I had begun to think this book would surpass the often sub par writing associated with the urban fantasy genre. And in terms of the writing, it does. Were it falls short is in the plot. Overall it is nothing new, *SPOILER* the bad werewolves attack
the good werewolfs etc. *END OF SPOILER* and there are the semi-gratuitous
sex breaks that really bring the book down to trite romance novel
level. Not quite the 'sweet love story' promised on the back cover. ...more info
- Angieville: BITTEN
Elena Michaels is determined to go it alone. She doesn't need the pack. She doesn't need Clay, the werewolf who misled her, made her believe he loved her, and then turned her into one of them without her permission, without even telling her what he was. To make matters worse, it turns out she's the only female werewolf in the world. That's right. Elena's the Only One and so not interested in dealing with the inevitable "attention" this brings her way. So she leaves the pack and moves to Toronto where she gets a job as a journalist and finds a nice, normal boyfriend to cuddle with. Problem is, she can't outrun her past and she can't escape the call of the wolf.
Her troubles intensify when the pack needs her help and Jeremy, the Alpha, calls her home to help them solve a string of grisly murders. They suspect some mutts (rogue wolves) of causing the mayhem and Elena's specialty just happens to be tracking mutts. Unable to refuse Jeremy's summons, Elena reluctantly returns to the compound in upstate New York. Gritting her teeth in anticipation of the welcome she'll receive. Turns out Clay's been waiting for her this whole time, insisting he's still in love with her and always has been. Elena's pretty sure she's still in love with him, too. But none of this stops them from bickering like teenagers and snarling at each other every chance they get.
The scenes where members of the pack interact as a motley, roughhousing family are extremely well done. As are Elena's painful transformations from human to wolf form. The undeniable sense of freedom and belonging she feels back with the pack is vivid and tangible and I found myself wrapped up in finding out the fate of these vulnerable, larger-than-life characters. Elena's external and internal conflicts were well-plotted and compelling and the book builds strongly toward an intense showdown between the pack and the mutts. Only in the last few pages is anything resolved and, unfortunately, I felt the internal conflict was wrapped up entirely too quickly. Elena and Clay's relationship was wonderfully messy and complicated, with layer upon layer of distrust and longing. The book itself was almost 400 pages and trying to clean the mess up in just the last six pages left me dissatisfied and upset. I liked the whole tangled web and felt it deserved a more careful treatment in the end. I am still wrestling over whether or not to pick up the sequel, Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, Book 2)....more info
- Werewolves + Action + Romance = Great Book
Wow! This is a great beginning to a great series. In Bitten, Armstrong introduces us to the world of werewolves. (It's a nice break from all the vampire novels out there.) There are Pack werewolves and non-Pack werewolves ("mutts"). Elena, the only existing female werewolf and a member of the Pack, tries to suppress her werewolf nature and assimilate into the human way of life. After being summoned back by the Alpha wolf, she finds that her fellow Pack wolves are being targeted. As Elena tries to figure out who is attacking the Pack, she is forced to come to terms with her wolf and human self. In Elena, Armstrong creates a strong, believable heroine. Elena is strong-willed, powerful and intelligent; despite all this, she still has her insecurities and personal demons. Her sarcasm and wit make you laugh out loud and want to learn more about her. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends....more info
- Weak plotting, unsympathetic characters
I'm a fan of the genre (for reference, I liked the early Hamilton books and enjoy the Dresden files and the Hollows books, but don't think much of the Charlaine Harris books), so I was expecting to like this book. I figured it had to be OK given the large number in the series. So I went and bought this one and the next in the series (Stolen).
After finishing this one, I regretted buying the second, but eventually slogged my way through it. I've spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out exactly what it was that put me off about this book.
I think the first problem it has is weak characterization. The author has obviously put a lot of work into trying to do characterization, but doesn't manage to bring it off. The main character has a lot of attitude but comes off as flat and unsympathetic. Other characters are even less well developed.
Plotting was also a problem. The characters involved seem much less intelligent and competent than in most other series of this genre. It seems like the author is striving for realism, but the characters just come off as being slow. They just flail around and come out on top in the end more due to luck and incompetent enemies than anything else.
I won't be buying any more books by this author....more info
- Realistic fantasy
This book is very well written compared to many of the supernatural series. It hooks you in and makes you see these "fantasy" characters as real humans with problems just like the rest of us. I hate leisure reading, but have enjoyed the works of Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison, and Charlaine Harris. These are not as heavy and detail oriented as Ann Rice novels, which is the reason they appeal to me. There is just the right amount of character development and details to provide effective imagery....more info
- Must Read Fantasy
I didn't know what to expect with this book. Elena is the only female werewolf. She was bitten by her then boyfriend Clay and survived the change. Determined to not let it change her life, she moves to Toronto and becomes a reporter. She tries to keep her human boyfriend in the dark. But, of course, things happen and she has to go back "home" to the pack.
With the return home comes everything she tried to leave behind. She tries to make the decision of where she is going, what she wants to do, and does she really want the family offered to her.
I really like the detail that went into this book. It was really well done. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series....more info
- Love. Hate. Love....Hate
Elena Michaels is in love and in hate--not just with what she is, but who she is becoming, a woman and a werewolf split between two worlds, shoving one away while attempting to embrace another. And she doesn't know exactly why, and she's not doing it well. As the only female werewolf in a species that numbers less than 40, Elena's got bigger problems than just trying to be 'normal' as a journalist in Toronto. Like how to keep the biggest secret of her life from her patient and kind boyfriend, Phillip, not to mention the entire world, while resisting being pulled back into a world that she thought she could leave behind. As a group of nonpack 'mutts' are killing those that she loves, and coming back to the man who bit her, Elena is realizing that what she left behind, could be exactly what she needs.
I wanted to like this book. I tried one other time and set it down with puzzlement and the fact that it moved incredibly slow. But I kept hearing great things about it, so I tried again. But this was, by far, one of the worst werewolf/urban fantasy novels out there. The heroine is flawed in a way with few redeemable traits and leaves a sour note. In the end, this is not a well rounded world, nor with worthy enough characters to care about, although Armstrong's ability to do a good rendering of wolf habits was probably the only thing she managed well. All the characters are broken/damaged, but in the kind of way that rankles. They all fail, shrug it off, but there's a happy ending anyways.
The main problem is the character of Elena, who constantly contradicts cold/selfish behavior and action with blustery emotional introspection that completely nullifies any sort of humanity that a main character should have. Elena has no heart, no real depth of character that makes you like her--in fact, most of the time, I was just frustrated with how careless and insensitive she was. And at times, brutally indifferent but knows it and doesn't care, and lacks any sort of empathy for anyone. She can easily cheat on her boyfriend, kill without remorse because a.) she'd never cheat on anyone but this one man because 'he's the one' but because he betrayed her, she hates him and leaves, only to let herself fall back into old habits then blame him and still love him (uh, oh-kay), and b.) because it's 'instinct to kill in order to protect'. So it's all okay when Elena kills, neither finding joy in it but does it only because she can and justifies it by using the pack as her reasoning. Elena is heartless, but you're asked to pity her because she's had it hard (an orphan trying to 'find' herself made complicated by being bitten), and she constantly complains about how normal she's trying to be yet can't manage it. Well duh--she's a werewolf. Normal isn't in the vocabulary.
The second problem is Armstrong's world and the rules which govern it. It was so contradictory and lacked any sort of logic, it was maddening. Armstrong set only minor rules, and only set ones up when they were used to propel a scene, then quickly rejected it later. Not to mention the pack itself. While the basics was sort of given, Armstrong glossed over a lot and doesn't explain outside of the context of what's going on the moment and doesn't expand. Which sort of works, but she left too many questioning holes for my tastes. For one, one of the mutts wants territory and this is worked as a secondary plot line of the story, but the thing is Armstrong never tells you how territory is worked out. Yes, there is a pack, but in Bear Valley NY. How does, Jeremy, the current Alpha, maintain all that land which is implied he does control and how can he 'give' land up considering there would be few to patrol and keep track of it...
The werewolf/human nature struggle was rendered mechanically and by the numbers, with little connection to that real raw emotional pull of being both wild and elemental, but human and what that really means. It could have been great, because Armstrong puts in a good amount of changing, the feeling of what it'd be like to be in wolf form but still slightly human, but she fails to connect those two things as part of Elena's internal struggles. While Elena's whole fight is supposed to be about that, Armstrong doesn't convey any heartfelt wish to understand the wolf and the human. It's just there, an inconvenience, something to complain about, and blatantly used as a tool rather than the actual integration and plausible development of the characters. As in, how it makes any of them less or more than those around them.
Just because you know how to write (knowing the mechanics, syntax and the rules of the writing process) doesn't infer you can actually 'write', as in, telling a good story, that has logic, that certain something special and compelling anything. It's okay to have a weak plot, or one that lacks any sort of imagination, direction, purpose and overall appeal. As long as you can weave a good yarn. Like cool characters with depth and some development (and some moral fibre), or wit, humor, snappy dialogue or good scenes, something a bit above tried and true, even if their only purpose is to be fluff and a tool to segue into the next scene. The main plot of Elena coming of age into her werewolf identity with a yawn-worthy mutts-are-jealous-and-want-revenge story line was painful to read, mostly because it just dribbled on with little movement or anything that interesting. Not to mention that the second story line about the mutts was just bad in general.
There was absolutely no emotional draw, no hook that made you feel for any of the characters, all rendered 2D and unexciting. It was, at times, like reading a textbook. This happens in this sequence, then this, then that with dialog that bordered on eye rolling and the classic love/romantic/sex tricks that held little amusement or entertainment. It baffles me to see so many happy reviews, but at least most didn't feel like they'd wasted their time...
While I like to give a series a chance, take this with a grain of caution. You'll do yourself a favor....more info
- Great read, very intense
This was suggested on my amazon recomendations. The mystery was wonderfully creative and the had me suprised when I would read the characters thoughts and reasons behind what they were doing. The love story with Clay was mesmerizing and adictive it kept me reading all the way through....more info
- If you are a fan of werewolf fantasy, this is the book for you
I have been enjoying Pat Brigg's werewolf series and her series about Mercy Thompson, the mechanic/coyote. To my pleasant surprise, Kelley Armstrong has created a world as intricate, involving and inviting as Briggs. I loved everything about this book. The duality of the dilemma facing all werewolves. How to live in a human world without giving up all the parts of the werewolf world. Some have adapted well as Elena Michael's pack have done, or others are roaming around with uncontrolled rages and passions that lead them down self-destructive paths. Elena's problem is that she fell in love with a man, Clayton and did not know that he was a werewolf. He bites her selfishly and turns her into a werewolf, knowing that she might not survive the change and might NOT have wanted to become a werewolf. Other reviewers have said that she was annoying. I totally disagree. She is a dual being, not by birth or choice. She has a right to be angry and a right to want to have a choice. I loved how Clayton "loved" her. Armstrong created a lover for Elena that made sense. The story has many great moments, the thrill of the hunt, the solving of the mystery and the revelations of true love and loyalty. I highly recommend this book....more info
- Couldn't put it down!
Kelly Armstrong is my new Laurell K Hamilton. I devoured Bitten and couldn't wait to fill my library with the other books in this series. It's a new perspective of the supernatural world that really delves into the characters' lives, not just their supernatural abilities. Armstrong weaves a strong tale but also gives you insight into her alternative universe that keeps you wanting more....more info
I love sex books, I love vamp "otherworld" books, but usually I get bored really fast and skip the boring parts. Here's the thing though, I have never skipped a single word in Kelley Armstrongs books. I LOVE THEM. They keep me interested! You don't realize how specail that is! They are sexy, suspenseful, researched and intelligent. Not once was there a corny line or phrase. It's awesome.
I love her books. I read one that a friend gave me and right after I finished it I jumped online and bought the other five in the series.
Love it love it love it. ...more info
- I've been BITTEN by this series
This is the first in a series. The book focuses on Elena, a werewolf. She has left her "pack" to go to Toronto and try to live in the human world. She has limited success but is now involved with Phillip, a human. As she is working on this relationship she is summoned back to help the pack defend their land from "mutts". This brings her back to Clay, a man from her past. Elena must confront the fact that she is trying to bridge worlds and also confront her past.
Good action, good mystery, good romance with some good sex scenes. I enjoyed this book and have already ordered books 2 and 3 in the series....more info
- Difficult to make it through until the last third of the book
This book started out well, but quickly became boring. However, I also had bough Stolen so I thought it important I finish (or at least come close to finishing)it. With about a third of the book left the plot really picks up and becomes far more exciting. The love story in it really becomes touching during this last third and it has a very emotionally charged ending that redeems the book....more info
- Not as good as I thought it would be..... SPOILER
Not going to give the synopsis, you can gather that from other reviews or the editorial....
Armstrong is a very talented writer and I enjoyed the world she created, though I had some major issues with this book.
I really really really really tried to like the main character, Elena and tried to empathize with her but she really had no redeeming qualities. Such as her constant need to rebel and assert her independence but it was all thoughtless, the instances when she should have been standing up for herself she became docile and the times she should have followed the rules she did not. Did she learn from this you might ask? Not at all, she kept up her reckless behavior to the very end. She was whiny, immature, dishonest, deluded, reckless, careless, short-sighted, etc. It also seemed to send this message of the good woman should listen to the men because she's completely incapable of doing anything on her own...what's up with that?
I am curious as to why, granted this is an urban and more modern era story, there are only 35 werewolves in the world and Elena is the only female.... Huh? That part I didn't buy at all. I also wondered how the Pack managed to cut off all contact with infant male werewolf's mother without problems from said mother, that was never really explained either.
There were quite a few unanswered questions that would have made the book a lot better and more complete, such as more specific and detail information surrounding Clay and Elena's relationship, more information and specifics about Elena's life in college, prior to college and such, you really don't know her very well. The impression I got from Elena's and Clay's relationship was that it was unhealthy. It was built on a foundation of lies and mistrust from the picture painted, we didn't get enough glimpses into their past before she was bitten to see how it was before. How did they meet? Considering she was abused, didn't Clay have to overcome her trust issues? How did that play out? Clay in almost every sexual experience we saw the two in practically rapes Elena, those issues should have been dealt with. I mean you are trying to get people to "buy into" the story, give us something to work with.
There was this conflicting picture of someone abused during childhood, then she was this happy passive person when her and Clay met. I was also thrown when the author threw in that line about her foster parents not being complete ogres and them having some sort of Christmas traditions, okay correct me if I'm wrong but what would you call it when a foster parent sexually abuses a child and the other parent knows it's happening and chooses to ignore it? Regardless of any Christmas tradition, they are worse than ogres. I also think she glossed over, if not completely ignored, the issues of childhood sexual abuse. It really made me question the author's insight and authority of writing on the subject or even interjecting it into the story. I thought at some point those issues should have been addressed beyond Elena mentally separating her body 'ME' from her spiritual/mental 'ME'. Childhood abuse manifests itself in horrendous way that effects a person all the way into adulthood and nothing was ever mentioned with how Elena dealt with that.
It was very hard to identify with her on any level. The beginning was a good start but it did not build well and it ultimately had a very disappointing end. I was very saddened that the all of the major issues of the book, issues that were present throughout the entire book mind you, were wrapped up in the last six or pages. I thought that it was a cheap and easy way out. I think I would have liked it better if Elena had took off on her own away from everyone and went on a journey to find herself and get some perspective, because she was just as lost at the end as she was at the beginning.
Needless to say I was extremely disappointed at the direction the book took but hey "to each its own". This is my first and last "Women of the Otherworld" novel. ...more info