Book Review: Bitten

cover-bittenTitle: Bitten [Once Bitten, Twice Shy 1]

Author: Noelle Marie

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Bastian had to have been the most handsome man that Katherine had ever met. It really was unfortunate that he was also the most stubborn, controlling, downright infuriating jackass she’d ever known as well. Oh, and there was the fact that he was a werewolf – a werewolf who has bitten her.

Sixteen-year-old Katherine Mayes had never believed in mythological creatures like werewolves or mermaids – certainly not those sparkly vampires that her friend Abby was obsessed with. Even when she’s bitten by a massive animal after a reckless night of teenage adventure and her body begins to change in mystifying ways, she can’t force herself to believe in what she’s convinced is impossible. Little does she realize she’s been infected with a disease a little more permanent than the rabies she feels fortunate to have not contracted.

Lycanthropy.

Her fierce denial is soundly shattered, however, when she is simultaneously saved and kidnapped by Bastian and his pack. Forced to leave small town Iowa behind and adjust to their way of life in a hidden society, Katherine must also deal with fighting the pull she feels towards the man – or wolf, rather – who has bitten her and disrupted her life so completely.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I enjoyed Bitten by Noelle Marie. The characters were well fleshed out, and the lore was clear and pretty standard for the werewolf genre. The plot was entertaining, and overall the book was cohesive.

I was entertained, and overall, enjoyed the story. Was it perfect, though? No.

Honestly, the romance lacked. There was very little if any romance at all, though I think the author tried. I just didn’t feel it.

That aside, the main character, Katherine, was rather immature at times and quick to throw tantrums and put herself and others in danger. Sometimes it was understandable, but a lot of the time it was just the character being overly dramatic.

Also, though I am aware that this book is part of a larger series, I feel like there were certainly bits of the plot, mainly Katherine’s family, that were clearly abandoned for other story elements—which happens—I’m not saying that every loose thread needs to be attended to in the first book, but it felt odd for the author to point out that Katherine’s father is still alive, and then never brought that plot point to fruition as a point of tension between Katherine and Bastian.

I look forward to reading more in this series and from this author. This was a good bit of YA Paranormal Fiction if you are looking for something new to sink your teeth into.