Review: Stolen (Women of the Underworld, #2) – Kelley Armstrong

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Title: Stolen
Books In Series: Bitten (#1), Dime Store Magic (#3), Industrial Magic (#4), Haunted (#5), Broken( #6), No Humans Involved (#7), Personal Demon (#8), Living With The Dead (#9), Frostbitten (#10), Waking The Witch (#11, August 2010)
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 416
Original Release: September 28, 2004
ISBN# 0452296072

The idea of belonging to a race of “supernatural creatures” was hard for Elena Michaels to accept, so hard that for years she simply refused. Time and harrowing circumstances (presented in the exciting first novel of the series, Bitten) proved to her that she could no longer run from the reality of her life. Now that she’s started combining her human aspirations with her pack obligations, things are looking up for the world’s only female werewolf. But we know it can’t be all sunshine and roses, or there would be no second book.

In Stolen, a group of  “mystical beings” searches out Elena and her pack to join a summit of sorts to deal with what appears to be a common threat. Witches, vampires, shamen, demons, and other creatures are being tracked and captured for scientific study. To make matters worse, after the “guests” outlive their scientific usefullness, they become big game in the supernatural hunting exploits of  the operation’s millionaire ringleader. Kidnapped, Elena must decide who she can trust, and how to escape without becoming the next to be hunted.

I really, really enjoyed this book. The story was involved and the new characters were really interesting. Two new sets of people were introduced in this book, one group before Elena’s capture, and another while she was being held. I especially like the witches, Ruth and Paige, and the half-demon, Adam. I loved that they all had well developed personalities and quirks. I would have loved to have seen more of Jeremy and Clay, but that wouldn’t have fit in the story. I’m thankful for the times they did have together. The porch scene with Elena and Jeremy was just lovely, and ANY time Clay and Elena are around each other is delicious!

The story itself moved pretty quickly once the few opening chapters were behind me. I found I had the same “problem” with this book that I had with Bitten. The first few chapters of set-up information seemed to last just a little too long. I’ve discovered that Kelley likes to describe things. A lot. They’re nice descriptions, but they sometimes last much longer than I think is necessary. Unfortunately, they sometimes interrupt the flow of the story. It’s not enough of an issue to cause me to NOT read the books… I love the main story. Now, I just skim the lengthy descriptions of parking lots or forests, rather than read every word.

 For those of you who are put off by a slow starting book, I say (for both Bitten, and this book) please stick with it. You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

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