Stolen was nothing like I expected Well I wasn t sure what to expect actually Ms Armstrong expanded the world she created in Bitten to encompass other paranormal beings adding witches sorcerer
Stolen was nothing like I expected. Well, I wasn't sure what to expect, actually. Ms. Armstrong expanded the world she created in Bitten, to encompass other paranormal beings, adding witches, sorcerers, demons, and vampires to the mix. I liked how it was very much in the mode of realistic and everyday. The origins of these beings are not clearly stated, but speculated on. She doesn't ascribe good or bad characteristics to them overall, other than the sorcerers tendency to be more on the bad side, mostly due to the bad blood between them and witches.This ended up being a slowly-unfolding, but at the same time, intense read. There seemed to be a strong underlying theme to this story about the necessity of violence. Accordingly, there's quite a bit of violence, most of it warranted, as Elena and the other paranormal beings she becomes acquainted with find themselves fighting for their lives and freedom. There's also some violence that made me squirm. Some of the actions of Elena, Clay, and Jeremy fall very much in the moral gray area, if you were to consider them human beings, with the ascribed moral absolutes that go along with humanity. However, they are not humans--they are werewolves, and their actions tend to show that aspect of their natures. Even still, Elena, Clay, and Jeremy are different in their approaches to situations. Jeremy is the most self-controlled--his actions governed by reason and what is best for the Pack. Elena is more likely to help others who are not Pack. Clay thinks only of his mate, Elena, and the Pack. Nothing else matters to him. He'll take care of others to make Elena happy. But, otherwise, he wouldn't go out of his way to do something that didn't benefit the Pack. In essence, Clay is pure wolf, even though he walks in human skin. As a whole, they kill, and it's more out of expedience at times, than an absolute need to do so. But, Elena doesn't make excuses for her actions. She admits that there would be another way, but this way turns out to be the best for the circumstance. While a part of me was somewhat troubled by these killings, I couldn't escape the reality of the fact that those that Elena, Jeremy, and Clay killed were men and women who had showed a lack of respect and value for the lives of the paranormal beings they had stalked, kidnapped and held captive. And, faced with the villain in this story, it's clear what is worse: to kill out of necessity, or to kill for the fun of it. Tyrone Winslow is a geeky, billionaire computer genius who decided that he likes the idea of a real life death match in which he makes the paranormals run for their lives, with no sure chance of escape. Why? Because he's a megalomaniac, craving power, and even in the most petty ways. Because it's fun for him, and because he can. He came off as petty and completely objectionable, showing how loathesome he was in his power struggles with Elena, and how he interacted with his employees at the place where they were imprisoning the paranormals. For all my qualms about the killing of people in this book, I didn't feel too bad for him when Elena and Clay turned the tables on him. He got his just deserts.Stolen introduces the witch characters Paige and Savannah, who will play major roles in this series. I must say my interest was perked, and I do look forward to reading their stories. However, the highlight of this story was seeing Clay and Elena, and their relationship. Clay would do just about anything for Elena. His love is powerful and steadfast. And in this story, you can see that Elena does love him just as much, whereas in Bitten, she was running from that feeling and trying to avoid acknowledging that she loved Clay. They just felt right together. Jeremy was fascinating, and there was tantalizing bits of him in this story that make me want to see more of him.Stolen was a book that took some investment on my part to read. But it turned out to be worth the time spent. It wasn't quite as fascinating to me as Bitten, and I'm not sure why. But I did like seeing the development of Elena. She seemed more multi-faceted in this story. I saw more of her humor, and her emotional depth that I didn't quite see in Bitten. Although slow-moving at times, this was a good follow-up to Bitten.A viral Stolen By Kelley Armstrong are Book It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong s debut novel, that thirty year old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolf In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scIt was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong s debut novel, that thirty year old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolf In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the other races and their supernatural powers Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves are then released and hunted to the death in a real world video game But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.. Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write Her earliest written efforts were disastrous If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers dismay All efforts to make her produce normal stories failed.Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon She s the author of the NYT bestselling Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series and Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.. Popular Book Stolen *** 4 ***A buddy read with my friend V at the MacHalo Freaks! "...“Another werewolf thing. Like most animals, we spent a large part of our lives engaged in the three Fs of basic survival. Feeding, fighting and... reproduction.” ..."This was so much fun! Not ha-ha fun, but it was engaging and very intense! The first book was mostly us being introduced to Elena and Clay, her lover and mate, who had turned her into the werewolf she is now. Despite them being comfortable and lovey-dovey at this time, it wasn't all rainbows and roses after he bit her and made her into the first living female werewolf. He has his excuses, but Clay is very much a sociopath, only keeping within the "norms" because of his very limited contact with people at large and the strong handed guidance by his Alpha, Jeremy. He is gorgeous and loyal, so I guess there are things to be said about his personality, but I think personally, if I had to deal with him, one of us would have been dead by our third encounter. The way he treats regular humans is horrible and I strongly dislike that... However, Elena is mostly OK, for a girl who has many reasons not to trust anyone, particularly male, having been abused as a foster kid and later with Clay's betrayal... "...“I never tell that story. I hate it. Hate, hate, hate it. I refuse to let my past explain my present. I grew up, I grew up stronger, I overcame it. End of story. From the time I was old enough to realize that my problems were not my fault, I'd decided not to shift the blame to all of those foster families, but to get rid of it. Throw it out. Move on. I could imagine no fate worse than becoming someone who tells the story of her dysfunctional childhood to every stranger on the bus. If I did well in life, I wanted people to say I did well, not that I did well "all things considered." My past was a private obstacle, not a public excuse.” ..."I like Elena even with all of her issues, maybe because of them. She has been dealing with the Pack's rule enforcement outside of the territory and someone has scheduled a meet to sell her information on some mutts. It turns out, the appointments open her eyes to more supernatural creatures and a danger hovering over all of them. Someone is hunting them and they are disappearing, causing alarm for all. Despite the confidence that she could handle herself and her safety, Elena gets captured and the bulk of the book is her and her relationships with her captors and the others captured. We even get a newly made werewolf and to me, that was the most interesting dynamic in all the arcs... I am not giving up the ending, but you guys have to read it, even if the first book seemed to info-dump heavy to flow easily. I will be the first one to admit that the first book was more of a chore than a pleasure, but this second book is nothing but action and tension... Give the second book a try before quitting the series, that is all I need to say:) "...“Now I was standing in a forest grove with a witch, a half-demon, a vampire, and a shaman, planning to put an end to a nefarious plot to usurp our powers and alter the path of humankind. Talk about your conspiracy theories.” ..."The author writes in a manner that draws you in and you need to know what happens despite yourself. It is not a fancy prose, nor is it pedestrian in any way, but it fits the manner of storytelling and the Urban Fantasy Genre of the early 2000's. Although it is a bit dated, it is worth giving a try - you will not be disappointed!"...“I was very strict on that point. No devouring classmates." Jeremy rolled his eyes. "Other parents warn their kids not to talk to strangers. I had to warn mine not to eat them.” ..."Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good book!
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