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I love to read and to review. My favourite genres are fantasy, horror, YA, historical, and everything paranormal.

Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong

Frostbitten is narrated by fan-favourite main character Elena, the only female werewolf in the Women of the Otherworld world. Sadly, except for the first Elena-book Bitten, I haven't been very impressed by the Elena books.

Elena and Clay travel to Alaska to look into the disappearances of several women and hikers, and to visit old fellow werewolf friends. Elena is simultaneously facing off mutts gone wild and her emotional demons after receiving a letter from her former sexual abuser. 

I think the main reason I don't enjoy Elena's books that much is because of everything about her and her personality. I don't very much like her relationship with Clay - I like him well enough, but they tire me. I don't like that she's the only female werewolf in the world, because I feel like that's a bit illogical. All the werewolf men either want to fuck her (if necessary, rape her) or kill her. 

In Frostbitten Elena works through her traumatic past where she apparently has been abused sexually by multiple foster fathers and brothers. I completely get that abuse in foster families happens, but I did find it a bit over the top that Elena was abused by big masses of brothers and fathers that all wanted to have sex with her. It seems like every men she meets has want-to-hump-Elena syndrome - even her friend Nick french-kisses her every time he can get away with it. Her dealing with it was only so-so done in my opinion, it was all a bit clichéd. 

The story has the same thriller-like quality most of the Women of the Otherworld books feature, and this one introduces yet another type of supes. I quite liked them (I'm being vague on purpose - the identity of the supes is a plot-point). The plot was engaging, and as this book was shorter than the last few books in the series it moved at a higher pace. 

I'm looking forward to the next book, Waking the Witch. It'll feature Savannah, the witch/sorcerer kid we've met in the books featuring Paige. I like witchery magic better than werewolves in general, and I hope Waking the Witch will be back on the level I'm used to from Kelley Armstrong.