6/29/11

Frostbitten

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Pages: 339
Publisher: Bantam
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Smart, sexy, supernatural—the men and women of the Otherworld live and love, fight and die, among us. Unseen and unsuspected, this realm of witches, ghosts, and werewolves is now threatened with exposure by a brutal series of bizarre murders that has left even the supernatural world baffled—and cold with terror….


Being the world’s only female werewolf has its advantages, such as having her pick of the Otherworld’s most desirable males. And Elena Michaels couldn’t have picked a more dangerously sexy and undyingly loyal mate than Clayton Danvers. Now their bond will be put to the ultimate test as they follow a bloody trail of gruesome slayings deep into Alaska’s frozen wilderness.

There’s nothing the werewolf community dislikes more than calling attention to itself. So when a pair of rogue man-eaters begins hunting humans, it’s up to Elena and Clayton to track down the predators. But any illusions their task would be simple are quickly dispelled. For even in werewolf terms, there’s something very disturbing taking place in the dark Alaskan forests. A werewolf more wolf than human and more unnatural than supernatural is on the hunt—a creature whose origins seem to spring from ancient legends of the shape-shifting Wendigo.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, Clayton and Elena find themselves confronting painful ghosts from their pasts—and an issue neither of them is eager to discuss. For one of them has been chosen to become the new Pack leader, and as every wolf knows, there can be only one Alpha. They’ve always been equals in everything. Now, when their survival depends more than ever on perfect teamwork, will instinct allow one of them to lead…and the other to follow?
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My Summary: Elena and Clay just beginning to adapt to their new lives as parents when they're called to find a rogue Mutt and warn him of the dangers he faces by hanging around with known man-eating werewolves Liam and Ramon (I know my Darkest Powers people just gasped). Instead of a calm, peaceful encounter however, Clay and Elena are forced to chase the guy all the way to Alaska.

Once they arrive, the couple realize they're dealing with a lot more than a rogue werewolf. There are reports of locals being killed in the woods by large wolf-like creatures, and when Elena is attacked by something in the forest, they decide they need to prolong their stay. On top of all that, problems from Elena's past have been re-surfacing, and she finds herself feeling weak just when survival depends on being strong.

My Thoughts: Yet another awesome read from Kelley Armstrong! I swear, I don't think she's ever written a book that I wouldn't read and adore every minute of. Frostbitten was actually one of the first Women of the Otherworld books I bought, because I has just read Stolen and Bitten and knew I was eventually going to buy it anyway because I was already obsessed with the series (plus it was on sale - you can't top that!).

In Frostbitten, you really see a lot of growth in both Elena and Clay. They're dealing with quite a lot in this book - emotionally and situation-wise - and the way they handle it makes them seem real and easy to relate to. I also love the fact that the characters acknowledge that they are getting older - it gets a bit tiring reading about characters who are eternally perfect (you know who I mean...).

Also, I loved the windigo reference! I recently read a novel that centered very heavily on that myth, and I loved that Kelley was able to include it into the book!

Final Thoughts: Another wonderful novel from Kelley Armstrong. I definitely recommend her series to fans of paranormal YA who are looking for something in the adult section (there's definitely some hot scenes in there :P). 

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