Review: Stolen - by Kelley Armstrong ★★★★

Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Book two in the Women of the Otherworld series
Publication Date: May 2003
ISBN: 0-670-03137-2
Page Count: 532
My Rating: ★★★★

Summary

On a mission for her own elite wolf pack, Elena Michaels, the only living female werewolf, is lured into the net of Tyrone Winsloe, a ruthless Internet billionaire. Winsloe 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.

REVIEW

This was really good.

Someone is collecting Supernaturals like a kid collecting Pokemon stickers in Kelly Armstrong's world of werewolves and witches. There's nothing quite so creepy as a fanatical sociopath, and the villain in this book fits that bill to a T. He's not doing it alone, but the other's could perhaps claim they were doing it for research, for the good of mankind, whatever. This one guy? He's doing it just for kicks and giggles. And you just can't reason with the crazies!

The book opens (well, duh) with quite a long prologue, where we are in the mind of a Shaman who's trying to escape through the forest from a pack hunting dogs and bloodhounds, set upon him as part of a game that he can't ever win. It kind of reminded me of that movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Running Man. Only this poor Shaman guy was no Arnie.

In their mission to collect one of every race of supernatural—to which we as readers are introduced to several new ones in this book, rather than just the werewolves from the first book—they start to target Elena. I don't think I'll be giving too much away to say that they do eventually get her, seeing as it says it in the blurb on the back of the book. Heck, even the title is a bit of a giveaway.

During the time she's locked up, we meet a lot of new characters, both good and bad guys. Armstrong does creepy, maniacal villains really well. I thought so in the last book, but these guys were even better (or worse, depending on how you look at it). Luckily, Elena is a tough cookie. She doesn't fall apart at the seams at the first sign of trouble. She seems quietly confident that the rescue party will be coming. She just has to wait it out, and survive. Simple, right?

Wrong!

To find out what Elena has to deal with, you'll have to read the book, of course, but it was really good fun to read and I'm loving Clay and Elena more and more as a couple with each book.

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