Book Review -- Frostbitten

Title: Frostbitten
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: Paperback, 414
Published: 2010
Opening Lines: "As Tom watched the moonlight reflect off the ice-covered lake, he had a reflection of his own: the world really needed more snow."

"For Elena Michaels, being the world's only female werewolf has its advantages, such as having her pick of the Otherworld's most desirable males. And she couldn't have picked a more dangerously sexy and undyingly loyal mate than Clayton Danvers. But now their bond will be out to the ultimate test. A werewolf more wolf than human and more unnatural than supernatural -- a creature whose origins spring from ancient legend -- is hunting human prey and Elena and Clayton must track the predator deep into Alaska's frozen wilderness.

"But the personal stakes are even higher. Either Clayton or Elena has been chosen to become the new Pack leader and every wolf knows that there can be only one Alpha. The couple have 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?"
~ Jacket copy

Thoughts: Finally, Elena and Clay are back! Even though I like the other characters in the Otherworld series, the werewolves are my favorite. (Does that have something to do with having a "wolf" kanji tattooed on my arm?) It was also nice to see Clay and Elena fully at peace with each other. While they make appearances in the other books, having one completely devoted to them in their new station in life was a nice change.

The majority of this novel takes place in Alaska. After following an Australian mutt outside of the continental US, Jeremy asks them to check up on old pack members and some human-wolf attacks. While getting in contact with the mutt and looking into the murders, they uncover a plot that traces all the way back to Russia and the Ukraine. Further, they are also being chased/terrorized by a strange creature that seems to have stepped out of Clay's professorial papers on shape shifters.

This book did not disappoint! It was an awesome comeback for the werewolves! After the previous books, this one did not hold back on the punches -- literally! It was nice to get back into some of the physical aspect that the wolves present: fighting, running, etc. She was able to balance the action and the smuttier sections of the book without toppling and making one far more overpowering. After having the twins, I was afraid that they would dominate this book in a bad way. However, she was able to include them with the right amount of cuteness. It was nice to see that the characters didn't remain stagnant while the series went on.

All in all, the books about the wolves are by far my favorite in the series. I read through this book in a matter of days. It was engaging, had good pacing, character development, etc.


Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Currently: The Enemy by Charlie Higson
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