[Review] Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

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Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

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Bitten was a good book. The plot was not as interesting as I was expecting but I was impressed by many things so I finished it.

Kelley Armstrong is quite talented and she satisfied my need to relate with the characters. For me it’s important to be able to experience the same feelings as the characters in order to understand them. She was blowing my mind everytime Elena was a wolf. The description of her feelings and senses and what was happening in her mind was fantastic. It was like I was Elena and I enjoyed it better than I should have. Of course the same was happening when she was in her human body. I loved that I could follow her thoughts and completely apprehend the reasons behind her actions and her behavior.

The only thing that bothered me was the transition from the actual story to Elena’s flashbacks and back again. One moment something was happening, and out of nowhere, we were years back and something else was going on. I was lost many times but I was able to connect the dots. After reading half of the book and after I got to know Armstrong’s writting style, I was able to follow without trouble.

As I mentioned at the beggining the plot was not as interesting as I was expecting. Maybe it’s because I am in a weird lovey dovey mood and I just needed something more fluffy and cheesy. Even though Elena’s love life was a huge topic of the book, the most thrilling parts were the action scenes; detailed enough and well built, they kept me on the ball. There was also a dose of creepy and sometimes I wished I hadn’t read certain parts of the action scenes.

Elena was an awesome badass and a great example of how female leads should be. Maybe I liked her so much because of her age and experiences and because of the fact that her way of thinking was closer to mine. I usually read YA books and most of the heroines are quite annoying and well… quite teenagers.
She was determined, focused and proffesional and even though she was trying to hide it, I could she her caring and loving side.

Clay on the other hand, besides the wildness and the temper he couldn’t really help, was a really adorable creature. He was all about love and affection and sometimes I just wanted to hold him and love him forever and ever. Yes, he seemed to be cool and untouchable but I could see behind his facade and I am telling you that the vibes he was sending me were different than what was expected.

I am not really into action and thriller books but I read it because a friend recommended it and gladly I was not disappointed. I’ll read some more because Kelley Armstrong is great in that kind of genre and I appreciate a good book from an author who knows how to do the job.


[Kelley Armstrong]

[Review] Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

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Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

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Hm, where to start…? Not a really good book. I mean, ok, it’s about warewolves and I am obssesed but this book was a… do not read. I gave it 3 stars in Goodreads because it was a decent try but I will be strict here.
First of all, I am ok with the fact that Brandon is turns to a half wolf, half man because not all warewolves turn into a full wolf but… the way the author describes the first turn, it’s unrealistic for some reason. She makes the scene sound… ok and… it’s not supposed to be. It is supposed to be painful and not a pretty scene.
Anyway, I seriously dislike Celeste… I want to slap her accross the face. Ellen wanted to show us that Celeste is the kind, caring girl who wants to protect Brandon and his secret. Hell to the no! She is selfish and she only cares about what people think. Why would she keep a secret her relationship? Why would she lie to her friends? Why would she make Brandon sad? That’s wrong! And yes, this happens in real life but it’s not what I want from a “fiction”. I read a book because I want something different. I want to believe that people are not that cruel. I needed some kindness and romance and all…
Also, Celeste’s friends are mean and awful. They care about themselves and they try to control Celeste. They’re not supportive and definitely not caring. I wanted her friends to be good. Not that…!
The plot seemed to be rushed and kinda messed up. There are some things left like that, without an explanation. I mean, why are westsiders treated that way? Because they’re poor? Because they’re bad? Because what? I’m confused. Why is Brandon a warewolf? Was it in his genes, was it because of the bite? Did that first warewolf bite him? What the hell?
And this thingy about the prediction… please! Be aware of the kiss under the full moon? Be aware of the woods? Etc, etc! What? Nothing really happened. She found the love of her life. Anyway call me however you want but this book for me is a no.


[Ellen Schreiber]

Before I took pen to paper, I was an actress. I attended a local university majoring in theatre and spent a summer in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where I learned about the “Old Bard” from amazingly talented teachers.

When I returned from London, I relocated to Chicago where I lived for five years. There, I graduated from the Second City Training Center and performed improv, Shakespeare, comedies and dramas–I even sang and danced on a cruise boat–without falling in Lake Michigan! A classmate of mine from Second City and I created and performed a two woman show for a year before I braved it alone doing stand-up comedy. It was during this time I began to write an adult novel about a rock star–I had always enjoyed writing…

Fast forward a couple of years along with a move home where I was performing “stand-up” at comedy clubs in the area. On a plane to LA to decide my fate– “to move to LA or not to move to LA” that is the question, my big bro, Mark, coincidentally with the same last name as mine (author of PRINCES IN EXILE, DREAMS OF THE SOLO TRAPEZE and STARCROSSED) handed me a young adult book he found at the library he thought I’d like to read during the flight.

As I read the book, I thought, ‘I can do this!’

I returned from LA, and instead of moving there, I wrote my story about the rock star as a young adult novel and called it JOHNNY LIGHTNING.
Mark, my writing mentor, edited JL for me. He was kind enough to send the manuscript to his publisher in Belgium–Facet–and they published it! In Dutch!

I was now on a new life path!

In 2001 HarperCollins made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! Not only was HarperCollins going to publish TEENAGE MERMAID, but it was in a language I could read and book stores I could walk into! HarperCollins also bought VAMPIRE KISSES and COMEDY GIRL.

It was a dream come true!

Since beginning my new life path, VAMPIRE KISSES, TEENAGE MERMAID, and MY MOTHER, THE CLOWN have been published by Facet in Belgium and JOHNNY LIGHTNING has been published in Germany by Ravensburger.

Then my fabulous editor at HarperCollins asked me for a sequel to VAMPIRE KISSES!
HarperCollins published VAMPIRE KISSES 2–KISSING COFFINS and now the soon to be released VAMPIRE KISSES 3–VAMPIREVILLE. I am currently writing VAMPIRE KISSES 4!

When I’m not writing about the love affair between vampire obsessed, goth girl Raven and my favorite mysterious dark-eyed hottie, Alexander Sterling, I enjoy working on my other novels, shopping for Hello Kitty items, and attempting to gain control of the remote from my boyfriend.

[To read or not to read] Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls)

So, I’ve read Linger and Shiver and I am not sure if I liked them. I mean, they were weird books. It’s not your usual warewolve book. Everything is so strange. At first I thought I liked them both but for some reason I am not sure if I like them now.
I was meant to read Forever but when I read reviews they were good or bad. Nothing in the middle of that. It’s either you like it or not, but should I read it when I found weird the first books? Will I like it? Please tell me your opinion!