Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

Stolen by Kelley ArmstrongStolen by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Women of the Otherworld #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

Elena Michaels is a wanted woman. Ten years ago she was transformed into a werewolf by her lover. Her transformation makes her powerful. But in the wrong hands, it also makes her deadly.

And now, just as she's coming to terms with it all, a group of scientists learns of her existence. They're hunting her down, and Elena is about to run straight into their trap. But they haven't reckoned on Elena's adoptive family, her Pack, who will stop at nothing to get her back.

They haven't reckoned on Elena, either. And that's a very big mistake ...

You might remember that I was forced into reading this series. Tatum bought me Bitten for my birthday because she loved it after Lauren made her read it last year. I was hesitant about it, and I had a few issues with the book after reading, but I really enjoyed Bitten. So, obviously, I had to read Stolen so I could get more Elena.

E-L-E-N-AAAAAAAAA. Oh my god, I love her. Probably even more so in this book, because she’s started to deal with the issues that were made apparent in Bitten. Her storyline is absolutely brilliant, and I’m loving her character growth in this series.

And I am so sorry, Lauren, but I still can’t ship Elena with Clay. I feel like I’m failing all the books fans with this, but Elena/Jeremy is where it’s at. Clay by himself is great. A little angry and hot headed, but great. But when it comes to Elena he gets all possessive and it grosses me out. I know that he’s a werewolf, and he’s more ~wild than the others, but I really don’t want to read about a guy who follows his girlfriend around everywhere she goes.

And it doesn’t matter (to me) that Elena doesn’t listen to Clay when he tries to tell her what to do, it’s the fact that he tries. Those are just my feelings, I know everyone else loves them, but Clay/Elena makes me want to bash my head against the wall. Very hard.

This instalment was approximately 60% less info-dumpy than the first book. My main problem with Bitten was the extreme amount of information that was told in one go. Stolen was paced so much better, and it was a thrilling ride. There were fewer long, draining paragraphs taking away from the story.

What I really liked about Stolen was the introduction of the new characters and supernatural creatures, with the demons being the most exciting to me, of course. Stolen is a great set up for the rest of the series in this respect, since other female characters start to take the lead in the following Women of the Otherworld books.

Most importantly for now, Stolen introduces Paige, who is the protagonist of the next two books in the series. While I didn’t love her straight away, I thought she was a really interesting character and I was looking forward seeing more of her and the witch stuff. However, I was quite hesitant to continue with the series because I didn’t want to leave Elena. Because Elena is AMAZING.

I’m now on book five of Women of the Otherworld, and I’m loving it. If you are hesitant about continuing with the series then I would suggest carrying on, because it gets so much better after Bitten!

12 comments on “Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

  1. Librarian Lavender May 22, 2014 2:01 pm

    This is one of my favorite books of the series. I love Elena! I’ve read all books of the Otherworld series at least once and I know I’m going to reread them several times. Have fun with the rest of the books!
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    • Amber May 22, 2014 3:26 pm

      I cannot wait to continue on, it’s such a great series! Is Elena your favourite protagonist? Mine is Paige so far, but I’ve only met those two 😀
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    • Amber May 22, 2014 10:00 pm

      I think my favourite of the series so far is Dime Store Magic, but all four of them have been AMAZING. I love this series, and can’t wait to continue! So glad that you do too!
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  2. Tatum May 22, 2014 10:57 pm

    do i have to get lauren to write an essay about elena/clay because i will do it >.>

    annnnyway, aside from your truly terrible taste in shipping i’m so glad you got into this series 😀 because it’s like a bonding experience and i just love these books so muhuhuhuch.

  3. Lauren May 24, 2014 11:57 am

    I’m not writing an essay just to convince Amber, although I might write one just because. I love Elena and Clay mainly because they are basically me and Ben; he tries to control what I do and I laugh in his face until he slopes away all embarrassed, it’s fantastic. But different things for different people, so it’s cool if you don’t ship it. You just have to love Elena, which you do so YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

    Are you going to review the others in the series? BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW YOUR PAIGE/LUCAS FEELS AND THEN ALSO YOUR FEELS FOR MY WIFE (spoiler: she’s the best thing in the world okay.)

    • Amber May 25, 2014 6:22 pm

      You can write one if convincing me is not your intent XD Thank you for not shouting at me, you’re nicer and more respectful than SOME PEOPLE.

      I am indeed going to fangirl over Paige because she is a precious princess and I love her.
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