Friday, June 24, 2011

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

Our first summer meeting was lovely... I'm so glad our book group talked us into continuing over the summer.  We had many wonderful (and diverse) recommended summer reads, from The Assassin's Apprentice to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with romance thrown in the mix as well, like The Black Hills by Nora Roberts and Twin of Fire/Ice by Jude Deveraux, and many others.  Give us a week or so, and we'll have all those suggestions posted with links to our catalog.

The book we all decided to read for July's meeting was...

Bitten by Kelly ArmstrongBitten by Kelly Armstrong
It's not easy to find a fresh angle for the werewolf theme, but this debut novel from a Canadian writer proves that solid storytelling and confident craftsmanship can rejuvenate one of the hoariest of all horror clich‚s. Elena Michaels is a self-described "mutt," a werewolf who left her secretive pack in upstate New York for a life among humans. In the year since she relocated to Toronto, she's embarked on a career as a journalist and begun a pleasingly mundane relationship with a decent man. All this is jeopardized when she agrees to help her old packmates hunt some troublesome mutts who are converting common criminals to werewolves and leaving a trail of conspicuous carnage. Reunited with her former lycanthrope lover and forced into brutally predatory confrontations, Elena finds the call of the wild subtly reasserting itself. Armstrong prepares readers for her tale's twists with several key revisions of werewolf lore the werewolf taint is mostly hereditary, and werewolves can be killed as easily as any human or wolf. Her true achievement, though, is her depiction of werewolf nature in believably human context. Elena's feral sensibility, like her psychological vulnerabilities, seems a natural outgrowth of her abusive childhood, and her relationship with the pack is that of any prodigal child to a close-knit family. The sensuality of Elena's transformations and the viciousness of her kills mesh perfectly with her tough personality. Filled with romance and supernatural intrigue, this book will surely remind readers of Anne Rice's sophisticated refurbishings of the vampire story.
~Review from Publisher's Weekly
 

4 comments:

  1. Forgotten how much I love this book! I was definitely happy that I still had my own copy. Finished it in one day this past Saturday :-)

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  2. Awesome! I'm glad this book finally made the vote! If anyone is having a problem getting a copy of this book please let us know. Our emails are on the left side bar.
    Jan

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  3. Okay, I just downloaded this book today and am totally hooked. I LOVE this heroine!!! (The first person/present tense messed with my head for a few chapters but I'm adjusted now) :o)
    Jan

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  4. I read this book when we first talked about it at one of the meetings but something else was chosen. My schedule is so crazy I haven't been for a while but am going to try to make it tomorrow. I like this book as well.

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