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It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong's debut novel, that thirtyyearold Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolfIn 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 paranormalswitches, vampires, shamans, werewolvesare then released and hunted to the death in a realworld video game But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match

10 thoughts on “Stolen

  1. Choko Choko says:

    *** 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!

  2. Heather Heather says:

    I was thoroughly entranced by Bitten and could not wait to devour Stolen. While I was initially hoping for more of the same, i.e., Clay, Elena and The Pack, I knew that the Were world would not be the main focus of this story. I have to admit, at first I was a bit put out. Who cares about witches, demons, vamps and the lot? I want to run, and hunt and drool over Clay! Regardless of my hopes, I sat down with Stolen and attempted to put my pre-conceived notions aside, after all, Kelley Armstrong hadn’t failed me yet, and after having finished Stolen, I wondered if she ever will. It was superb!

    Bitten fans be warned, Stolen is nothing like it’s predecessor, I wouldn’t even consider it a sequel, as Bitten was written to be a stand alone novel and it is obvious from the start that Stolen was written with the intent of it being the beginning of a series. Therefore, I offer this advice, as you read Stolen, try to think of it as the first book of a series that just so happens to include your favorite characters from Bitten. Rest assured, Clay and Jeremy are still present. There are still chemistry filled moments between Clay and Elena, their relationship still evokes butterflies and laughs, though thankfully, they have moved beyond their troubles that plagued them in Bitten. Elena continues to narrate and provide us with her snide, aloof comments and preconceived misconceptions; however, the world as Elena knew it is gone.

    As Stolen opens, Elena is following a lead about a potential werewolf killing. What Elena finds; however, is an intent pair of witches desperately attempting to contact her with the hopes of enlisting the pack's assistance in tracking down a scientific group who is capturing people for an occult menagerie. Initially skeptical, Elena becomes a true believer when she herself is stalked and ultimately captured. What follows is and action filled story, overflowing with new and intriguing characters that will leave your heart racing and your adrenaline singing as you gobble up every last word.

  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    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.

  4. Brownbetty Brownbetty says:

    This is the seventh girl-werewolf book I've read in the last seven days. I swear I didn't plan this, I just have no sense of self-preservation when it comes to books. I think I'll need werewolf detox after this, although I'm not sure what would do it. Someone's autobiographical account of the summer they spent in Ireland, learning to love the peace and quiet.

    Here's what I love about Elena; she's an unreliable narrator, and a sociopath. She doesn't know she's a sociopath. She talks about how, unlike her lover, Clayton, she just can't kill without remorse; this is a total lie. She just happens to perform a slightly different calculus than Clayton when deciding whether or not to kill someone, and comes down on the 'not' side slightly more often.

    However, since she values fitting in, and is aware that humans tend to frown on cold-blooded murder, she would like to not be a murderer. Which is why she hesitates to kill.

    Okay, the book doesn't actually say that, but that's my reading, and I stand by it.

    In this book, Elena is wolfnapped by your standard cadre of unhinged scientists and crazy billionaires, and manages to rescue herself in trying circumstances. Warning for threats of sexual violence, and intermittent skeeziness. Also, this book is where the reader first meets Paige, who comes across as fairly annoying, which is awesome, although I think it may be why I never really like Armstrong's books where she is the protagonist.

  5. Briar& Briar& says:

    Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors, and not just because she's Canadian! Her Women of the Otherworld series has always and will always knock my socks off!

    This novel follows Elena yet again, but as the title suggests - this time she is Stolen. This book amps up the action, making it equal (if not better) to the original Bitten novel. I found this book so strong as a sequel, that it was really hard not picking up the third book immediately after this one! Elena and her pack, as well as the rest of the ladies that eventually lead this series, are a force to be reckoned with! Kelley knows how to write her characters strong and passionate!

    This series is definitely for adults (although, there is a YA series if you're interested...), due to some of the brutality the story can get into. It's not an R rated novel, but the themes are better suited for adults (some mature YA audiences could easily read it, I know I originally read these as a teenager).

    I also really enjoy Elena and Clay together. Their relationship isn't the smoothest, and it has it's rocky moments, but they work really well together. Knowing that their relationship builds well over multiple books, I can look back and be impressed with how Kelley built them over time. The other characters and their relationships are also very strong, but these two really shine in the Elena books.

    Kelley will pull you in and have you hooked almost instantly. If you haven't read anything by her, get on it! I love this author, and she always meets my expectations and surpasses them!

    If there was one series I'd highly recommend, it's this series! It has drama, action, adventure, romance and comedy all packaged into a fantastic Canadian series! It's well worth the read, and worth every penny I've spent on this series (even when I accidentally bought doubles and triples of the books, because I forgot the order...whoops!). If I did have one recommendation, try not to read this series far apart from each other. I find it's a great binge read, because the story is so full of lore and excitement!

    And if you couldn't get enough of this series, there's a television show based off of the book (it's pretty close for first season, but second and third are loosely based - but it's still incredble!).

    Five out of five stars! Can I make that six out of five? No? Darn. I guess it'll stick to five!

  6. Wren (fablesandwren) Wren (fablesandwren) says:

    WrensReads Review:

    So Stolen is the second book of this marvelous series. It is as well written and introduces important characters for the books to come. It also introduces other types of super-human type species.

    That's right folks, there aren't just werewolves anymore.


    For example,

    Half Demons: Father is a demon, Mother is a human. They get superhuman powers from their good ole' dad
    Witches: Women with magic
    Sorcerers: Men with magic
    Shamans: Something about being able to deal with spirits

    But, luckily for us, it is still narrated by our favorite female-werewolf: Elena.

    This story starts out that Elena and Jeremy meet two women who claim they have evidence of werewolves existence. They play the part of people who believe, but the two ladies actually tell them about their (Elena and Jeremy's) personal life and their pack. Hits too close to home. They claim to be witches.

    She doesn’t believe a word they are saying.

    Then she gets attacked. She believes words they are saying.

    They go to this meeting of the otherworldly-ins and they believe they are getting set up. They really just don't want to deal with the fact that there are other supernatural beings out there and want to go back to just focusing on themselves and their own ways.

    Elena gets attacked… again again.


    This time though, she is captured and taken to some scientific headquarters were they have other super human people and know all about her (why does everyone know about her, seriously? Was there a newsletter we missed?) and want to know everything more about her species and others alike.

    Obviously that’s not okay. How would you like to be captured by a hunt-crazed, lust-driven lunatic, an unstable business woman, a science-driven mad man, a teleporting cocky half-demon with a bunch of other messed up super people?

    This is one of my favorite stories in this series. It is interesting to see how humans react when they find out about the super-natural word. In all seriousness, this would be exactly what would happen because humans would hate to know there is something out there that is better than them.

    And they would want to have it for themselves. So they can be top dog again.

    I love this series and I love Armstrong’s writing. I don’t know how many more times I can say that and not be labeled as a creepy fan-stalker girl. Sorry not sorry.

    Read these books. You won’t be disappointed I SWEAR.

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  7. valee valee says:

    Not what I expected, which is good as I thought I would not like this book much. I did like it more than the first installment in this series though. Still, I need more. Something was just missing, but the series is really good, definitely worth to read.

    In Stolen we get to read about Elena again, the heroine from book 1. Elena is a werewolf, and the only female werewolf that has ever existed. In book 1 we see how she struggles to understand her wolf and accept it. It took her a while but she did. She also accepted Clay, the werewolf she fell in love with and the one who turned her into one without her permission. While in book 1 it got a bit annoying to see them fighting and Elena trying to avoid him, in this installment we see them extremely in love with one another and totally comfortable with it, which was a very positive change. Clay is super hot, I just love him, he is this super strong and powerful werewolf who is more wolf than human. He also is extremely overprotective, jealous and narrow-minded, qualities I usually hate but Clay made me love them. I just love this couple. It's like they could be very annoying analyzed separately buy by being together they get the best of themselves out for us to see.

    But this is not a romance at all, actually there is almost no romance in it as Elena spends 70% of the book in a prison. I know it sound bad, but it isn't. It took me such a long time to get to read this book because many had told me this and I thought it would be totally lame, but it wasn't, not at all. I loved the plot. We see Elena imprisoned by a crazy multimillionaire who wants to study and torture supernatural beings. It sound like a stereotype but it isn't, because the whole time you get new info to understand things and you get to know the characters and sympathize with them a lot more.

    Now I'm not giving 5 stars to this book because I needed a much more shocking and powerful ending, one which was as good as the rest of the book. But we do not get that. It is as if the author got without any more pages left and decided to finish the book with a closing phrase. Not good. I need more. I will be reading more books in the series, although I am extremely disappointed to see they are not about Elena and Clay, but about Paige, a character I did not care at all.

  8. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    I've just finished Stolen which is the sequel to Bitten.

    As you can expect with Bitten, the writing was the same quality. The old characters that we love (the ones that appeared in this novel) were great.

    The storyline was intense and gripping.

    I got frustrated with the Stolen part of the story and wished that there'd been just a little more Clay sneaked in.

    Other than that, if you liked the first then you'll like this book!

  9. Shannon (Giraffe Days) Shannon (Giraffe Days) says:

    A wonderful, wonderful sequel to Bitten.

    Elena is investigating someone selling info about werewolves but finds her contacts to be a pair of witches instead, wanting to warn her about a secretive organisation who are abducting creatures of the otherworld: witches, shamans, half-demons, who want a vampire - and a werewolf.

    After dealing with her incredulity (for some reason, despite being a werewolf herself, she never considered the possibility that there'd be other supernatural races around), she and Jeremy, her Pack Alpha, attend the meeting between the two witches, Ruth and Paige, a shaman called Kenneth, a vampire called Cassandra, and the half-demon Adam. Alliances are formed but Jeremy intends to make his own strike with or without their help - until Elena is taken and locked in an underground cell.

    There's more gruesomeness in Stolen, and one horribly sadistic billionaire funding it all. It was actually painful to see a strong, proud person like Elena made to almost grovel in order to stay alive - I so wished she would just tear the place and the people apart, but that would hardly be sensible. Plus I got my wish in the end.

    I really saw the similarities between this series and Keri Arthur's Riley Jensen books - Arthur was no doubt greatly inspired by these slightly earlier books, and the influence is there. I love both series but this one is more satisfying in its prose and characters.

  10. Wanda Wanda says:

    2.5 stars

    I read this book to fill the Shifters square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

    I just don’t know quite know why this series doesn’t grab me. It had been a year since I’d read the first book and I was actually looking forward to this second installment. The assumptions in Urban Fantasy are always ridiculous to those who don’t like the genre, but this one seemed a bit more ridiculous than most.

    Take an ultra-insensitive billionaire, add his secret prison for supernatural creatures, and shake it up with the plot line of Richard Connell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game, and you get Stolen. The first book limited itself completely to werewolves and was all about Elena coming to terms with her life as a member of that community. Hey presto, this book suddenly produces a whole range of other supernatural folk not hinted at in book one—vampires, witches, demons, shamans and sorcerers. Might as well go whole hog, I guess.

    I’m not sure why some authors can do this successfully (for me) and yet I find this version annoying. I find Elena to be a disappointing main character, not nearly as mentally strong as I would like her to be. What good is supernatural strength if you haven’t got the brains to back it up? Her relationship with Clay is also an irritant—they are incredibly irresponsible, often stopping in the middle of something crucial for a quickie. The sex seems gratuitous to me, not really moving the plot along, just thrown as “characterization” I’m guessing.

    However, I haven’t given up. I will persevere with book three to see where Armstrong takes the concept from here. Just not until I’ve wrapped up all my various reading challenges for this year.