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Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong

First in the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong...

This would be in the urban/contemporary fantasy genre. Werewolves this time.

The main character is the only female werewolf (they thought women couldn't become wer before her) and is trying to live away from the pack as much as a "normal" human as she can. Of course something goes wrong with the pack and she gets called back to help them deal with the problem, and in the process has to figure out if she wants to keep living as a human or go back to living with the pack.

It was decent, but it didn't grab me as much as other books (Patricia Briggs' Mercy series for example) have. And on the subject of the Mercy Thompson series... Scalzi has a picture of the ARC that he received for the latest in that series and I very much want to reach through my computer and swipe it from him!

I'm not sure why, but I don't think I connected as well with the main character. There was quite a bit of her internal dialogue that was about not being able to control her instincts/actions and I think that might be part of it. That concept bothers me. There's this implied acceptance of not being responsible for your own actions. To some extent it makes sense in this genre. A vamp needs to feed and the instinct to survive takes over, a wer need to change to a different form or must follow an order from their Alpha... I get that. But it goes beyond physical imperatives at some point and becomes an excuse and that bugs me.


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