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Kelley Armstrong
Adult Fiction ARMSTRO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Elena Michaels, the only known female werewolf, cavorts on a more fully cultivated supernatural playing field in this sure-footed follow-up to Bitten (2001). While investigating a suspicious notice advertising information for sale about werewolves, Elena meets witches Paige and Ruth Winterbourne-and, to her misfortune, a team of mortal and supernatural commandos who abduct Elena and Ruth to a remote underground bunker in the wilds of Maine. There Ty Winsloe, "billionaire and computer geek extraordinaire," is collecting a menagerie representing all the supernatural species that coexist anonymously with humanity (vampires, werewolves, witches, etc.). While his scientists study such creatures in the hope of distilling their uncanny powers as salable commodities, Winsloe hunts those captives who have outlived their usefulness in cruel most-dangerous-game fashion. Elena's efforts to outsmart Winsloe long enough to apprise her Pack of her whereabouts are complicated by a werewolf wannabe among the captors. Though the tale is pretty much a prison-break story spiffed up with magic, Armstrong leavens the narrative with brisk action and intriguing dollops of werewolf culture that suggest a complex and richly imagined anthropologic backstory. The sassy, pumped-up Elena makes a perfect hardboiled horror heroine, with enough engaging attitude to compensate for the loose ends left untied to set up her next adventure. Agent, Helen Heller. (June) Forecast: This novel will please not only horror fans but also mainstream readers who like strong female characters. The tasteful jacket art, suggesting both the supernatural and romantic aspects of the book, will attract this wider audience. Warner Bros. having optioned Bitten, to star Angelina Jolie, will contribute to the buzz. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Having destroyed the "mutt" menace in Bitten, Book I of Armstrong's "Women of the Underworld" series, the werewolf Pack is now faced with a similar threat. This time it's self-serving humans bent on kidnapping supernatural creatures like werewolves, witches, and demons and using their powers for nefarious purposes. As the only female werewolf in existence, Elena is a prime target, and despite her caution she is "stolen" right from under the nose of the Pack Alpha. Awakening in the depths of a remote fortress amidst a strange collection of paranormals and mentally ill jailers, Elena realizes that her chances of escape are slim. With her werewolf strength and cunning, however, she manages to "convince" others to help her plan a breakout. Meanwhile, the Pack males circle impotently around the compound perimeter waiting for her to make a move. In a predictable escape scene even more violent than the one in the previous adventure, orchestrated by shattering glass, severed body parts, and moronic dialog, Elena and her males wreak havoc on evil humanity. Evoking an action comic book, this will appeal mainly to television viewers who tire of commercials long enough to bother reading. Not recommended. [For another novel on supernatural creatures, see Andrew Fox's Fat White Vampire Blues, reviewed on p. 155.-Ed.]-Jennifer Baker, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 30
Only female werewolf in existence; has chosen to live among humans.

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