Broken by Kelley Armstrong

Elena is the only female werewolf. Werewolves are either born with the gene – and it’s only passed to boys – or bitten, and women usually die. Except Elena. Elena was Bitten but she lived.

The pregnancy is troubling – there has never been a pregnant werewolf as there are no other female werewolves, so no one knows what to expect. Because of this, Elena is confined to her home. It would be an understatement to say she was bored witless, so when something comes up that requires her expertise – and seems harmless – she jumps at it.

Of course, it isn’t harmless. Elena inadvertently opens a time portal those sets a serial killer and two zombies loose in Toronto. Elena, Clay and Jeremy stay in Toronto to try to send the serial killer and his zombies back. Along the way, they ask Zoe, a vampire, and Jaime, the necromancer, for help. For some reason, the serial killer and his zombies are targeting Elena specifically. The Pack and its friends have to find out why and what to do to close the time portal.

This wasn’t my favorite Elena book because I am not all that thrilled with the idea of a “hell portal.” Given that this is a series about all kinds of supernatural creatures that don’t exist, I don’t know why this particular thing is the one that is “too much” for me. I just didn’t grab me. If you’re already a fan of WOW, then by all means, read this. If you aren’t, don’t start here! Go back to the beginning. You’ll enjoy this more if you’re already familiar with Elena and Clay and the rest.
The ending is nearly saccharine but the reader – at least this reader – can’t help but cheer for Elena and Clay.

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Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

Have I said that I *really* like this series.  This was so well-written.  Essentially, someone is capturing supernaturals to study them for some reason.  Elena – the werefwolf from Bitten – is captured.  The story revolves around her experiences and then her attempt to escape and what happens next.

We also meet the main characters of the next books.  Armstrong is good about that – she sets up the next book by introducing the narrator in the current book, so we have some idea who the person is.

This isn’t my favorite of the WOW series, but it was still very good.

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

I recently reviewed the latest in the Women of the Otherworld series, Tales of the Otheworld, so I decided to go back and review the rest of the series. This is the first of them.

Elena is a “mutt” – a werewolf without a Pack. Well, she has a Pack but she left them to try to live as normal a human life as possible. It’s harder than you might think when she has to Change regularly. Oh, not every full moon as some books would have you believe but frequently enough.

Then, Pack members start getting killed and Elena goes home to try to help. Things progress from there. Elena has several fairly startling – to her – revelations along the way.

This is the first of the series and I was captured immediately. I love Elena and, in future books, I’m always happy when she shows up. She is friends with Paige, who has a couple of books of her own, so we see Elena in those as well.

Armstrong is very good at creating a world so real that you forget that werewolves don’t, in fact, exist. I highly recommend Bitten to anyone who is a fan of urban fantasy. Armstrong is one of my favorite authors, if not my absolute favorite. You can count on anything she writes being a book you have to take an entire afternoon/evening to read because you won’t be able to put it down. Thank goodness I read fast!

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

I can always count on Patricia Briggs to write a story that I have to read from start to finish – without stopping! Silver Borne is a perfect example of that.

Mercy always seems to find herself in dicey situations. She’s a coyote shapeshifter mated to the werewolf Alpha, which sort of makes her Alpha female by default & the werewolves aren’t all happy about that. She has friends who are prone to getting into trouble and in Silver Borne, of course someone does exactly that.

Mercy’s friend Phin loans Mercy a book and then disappears. He sends her a message via a mutual friend to “take care of the thing I gave her.” Mercy knows the only thing is the book, so she tries to find Phin – which is how she finds out he has gone missing. She hides the book and then tries to find out what happened to her friend.

While she’s busy with that, her long-time friend, Samuel, who is a werewolfe, tries to kill himself. As werewolves age they sometimes lose control of themselves and Samuel is afraid of that. He also feels that he has no place in the world and that his work, as a doctor, doesn’t really help anyone. Sounds more like basic loneliness to me. In any event, Samuel’s wolf takes over and Mercy has to hide him. If it becomes known that the wolf is in charge, the powers that be (namely Mercy’s mate and the Marrok – sort of the President of the werewolves) will kill him.

Along the way, Mercy gets into and out of trouble, someone tries to set Adam up to be killed, the mother of Mercy’s teenage employee – Gabriel – refuses to let him work there any more and, oh, yeah, someone in the Pack is trying to get rid of Mercy.

What I love about the Mercy series is how Mercy herself, I guess. She’s someone I would want to know – except that she would drive me to drink! Such a good heart but so stubborn and not trusting. As the series goes along, Mercy is developing more fully as a woman and she is learning to trust not only Adam but herself. And the Pack.

Every time a new Mercy book comes out, I want to re-read the entire series so I can remember who everyone is relative to everyone else. The downside to reading as much as I do is that I get fuzzy on the details. I have a sister who can remember every single character and their significance in each of the 1000-page + books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I’m lucky to remember the main characters and the primary secondaries! These books are so good, though, that I want to remember who everyone is and how they relate to Mercy because I root for Mercy and I want to know who is on her side and who isn’t.

If you haven’t read any of the rest of the series, I highly recommend that you begin at the beginning with Moon Called. This book can be enjoyed if you have no background because Briggs is excellent at filling in details but I think that having the background will make things make more sense.