Stolen (Women of the Otherworld Series #2)

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld Series #2)

by Kelley Armstrong

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Overview

The second novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Otherworld series.

Elena Michaels is back—and she has company. When a young witch tells Elena that a group of humans are kidnapping supernaturals, Elena ignores the warning. After all, everyone knows there’s no such thing as witches. As for the thought of other ‘supernaturals’, well, she’d just rather not dwell on the possibility. Soon, however, she’s confronted with the truth about her world, when she’s kidnapped and thrown into a cell-block with witches, sorcerers, half-demons and other werewolves. As Elena soon discovers, dealing with her fellow captives is the least of her worries. In this prison, the real monsters carry the keys.

Lending a mission of vampires, demons, shamans, and witches, Elena is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who is well on his way to amassing a private collection of supernaturals. He plans to harness their powers for himself—even if it means killing them.

For Elena, kidnapped and imprisoned deep underground, unable to tell her friends from her enemies, choosing the right allies is a matter of life and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101442180
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Women of the Otherworld Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 1,448
File size: 800 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, the Darkness Rising trilogy, and the Nadia Stafford series. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada.

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D E M O N I C

“Please tell me you don’t believe in that stuff,” said a voice beside my shoulder.

I looked at my seat-mate. Mid-forties, business suit, laptop, pale strip around his ring finger where he’d removed his wedding band. Nice touch. Very inconspicuous.

“You shouldn’t read crap like that,” he said, flashing a mouthful of coffee stains. “It’ll rot your brain.”

I nodded, smiled politely, and hoped he’d go away, at least as far away as he could on an airplane flying at an altitude of several thousand feet. Then I went back to reading the pages I’d printed from the believe.com Web site.

“Does that really say werewolves?” my seat-mate said. “Like fangs and fur? Michael Landon? I Was a Teenage Werewolf?”

“Michael.. . ?”

“Uh, an old movie. Before my time. Video, you know.”

Another polite nod. Another not-so-polite attempt to return to my work.

“Is that for real?” my seat-mate asked. “Someone’s selling information on werewolves? Werewolves? What kind of people would buy crap like that?”

“I would.”

He stopped, finger poised above my papers, struggling to convince himself that someone could believe in werewolves and not be a complete nutcase, at least not if that someone was young, female, and stuck in the adjoining seat for another hour. I decided to help.

“For sure,” I said, affecting my best breathless blond accent. “Werewolves are in. Vampires are so five minutes ago. Gothic, ugh. Me and my friends, we tried it once, but when I dyed my hair black, it went green.”

“That’s, uh—”

“Green! Can you believe it? And the clothes they wanted us to wear? Totally gross. So then, like, Chase, he said, what about werewolves? He heard about this group in Miami, so we talked to them and they said vampires were out. Werewolves were the new thing. Chase and I, we went to see them, and they had these costumes, fur and teeth and stuff, and we put them on and popped these pills and presto, we were werewolves.”

“Uh, really?” he said, eyes darting about for an escape route. “Well, I’m sure—”

“We could run and jump around and howl, and we went out hunting, and one of the guys caught this rabbit, and, like, I know it sounds gross, but we were so hungry and the smell of the blood—”

“Could you excuse me,” the man interrupted. “I need to use the washroom.”

“Sure. You look a little green. Probably airsickness. My friend Tabby has that real bad. I hope you’re feeling better, ’cause I was going to ask if you wanted to come with me tonight. There’s this werewolf group in Pittsburgh. They’re having a Grand Howl tonight. I’m meeting Chase there. He’s kinda my boyfriend, but he switch-hits, you know, and he’s really cute. I think you’d like him.”

The man mumbled something and sprinted into the aisle faster than one would think possible for a guy who looked like he hadn’t exceeded strolling speed since high school.

“Wait ’til I tell you about the Grand Howl,” I called after him. “They’re so cool.”

Ten minutes later, he still hadn’t returned. Damn shame. That airsickness can be a real son of a bitch.

I returned to my reading. believe.com was a Web site that sold information on the paranormal, a supernatural eBay. Scary that such things existed. Even scarier was that they could turn a profit. believe.com had an entire category devoted to auctioning off pieces of spaceship wrecks that, at last count, had 320 items for sale. Werewolves didn’t even warrant their own classification. They were lumped into “Zombies, Werewolves, and Other Miscellaneous Demonic Phenomena.”
Miscellaneous demonic phenomena? The demonic part kind of stung. I was not demonic. Well, maybe driving some hapless guy from his airplane seat wasn’t exactly nice, but it certainly wasn’t demonic. A miscellaneous demonic phenomenon would have shoved him out the escape hatch. I’d barely even been tempted to do that.

Yes, I was a werewolf, had been since I was twenty, nearly twelve years ago. Unlike me, most werewolves are born werewolves, though they can’t change forms until they reach adulthood. The gene is passed from father to son—daughters need not apply. The only way for a woman to become a werewolf is to be bitten by a werewolf and survive. That’s rare, not the biting part, but the surviving part. I’d lived mainly because I was taken in by the Pack—which is exactly what it sounds like: a social structure based on the wolf pack, with an Alpha, protected territory, and clearly defined rules, rule one being that we didn’t kill humans unless absolutely necessary. If we got the munchies, we pulled into the nearest fast-food drive-thru like everybody else. Non-Pack werewolves, whom we called mutts, ate humans because they couldn’t bother fighting the urge to hunt and kill, and humans were the most plentiful target. Pack wolves hunted deer and rabbits.
Yes, I’d killed and eaten Bambi and Thumper. Sometimes I wondered if people wouldn’t consider that even more shocking, in a world where a dog thrown from a car garners more media attention than murdered children. But I digress.

As part of the Pack, I lived with the Alpha—Jeremy Danvers—and Clayton Danvers, his adopted son/bodyguard /second in command, who was also my partner/lover/ bane of my existence But that gets complicated. Back to the point. Like everyone else in the Pack, I had responsibilities.
One of my jobs was to monitor the Internet for signs that some mutt was calling attention to himself. One place I looked was believe.com, though I rarely found anything deserving more than a dismissive read-over. Last February I’d followed up something in Georgia, not so much because the listing sounded major alarms, but because New York State had been in the middle of a weeklong snowstorm and any place south of the Carolinas sounded like heaven.

The posting I was reading now was different. It had the alarms clanging so hard that after I’d read it Tuesday, I’d left a message for the seller immediately, and set up a meeting with her in Pittsburgh for Friday, waiting three days only because I didn’t want to seem too eager. The posting read: “Werewolves. Valuable information for sale. True believers only. Two homeless killed in Phoenix 1993–94. Initially believed to be dog kills. Throats ripped. Bodies partially eaten. One oversized canine print found near second body. All other prints wiped away (very tidy dogs?).
Zoologist identified print as extremely large wolf. Police investigated local zoos and concluded zoologist mistaken. Third victim was prostitute. Told roommate she had an all-night invitation.
Found dead three days later. Pattern matched earlier kills. Roommate led police to hotel used by victim. Found evidence of cleaned-up blood in room. Police reluctant to switch focus to human killer. Decided third victim was copycat (copydog?) killing. Case remains open. All details public record. Check Arizona Republic to verify. Vendor has more. Media welcome.”

Fascinating story. And completely true. Jeremy was responsible for checking newspaper accounts of maulings and other potential werewolf activity. In the Arizona Republic he’d found the article describing the second kill. The first hadn’t made it into the papers—one dead homeless person wasn’t news. I’d gone to investigate, arriving too late to help the third victim, but in time to ensure there wasn’t a fourth. The guilty mutt was buried under six feet of desert sand. The Pack didn’t look kindly on man-killers.

We hadn’t been worried about the police investigation. In my experience, homicide detectives are a bright bunch, smart enough to know there’s no such thing as werewolves. If they found mauling with canine evidence, they saw a dog kill. If they found mauling with human evidence, they saw a psychopath kill. If they found mauling with both human and canine evidence, they saw a psychopath with a dog or a murder site disturbed by a dog. They never, ever, saw a partially eaten body, footprints, and dog fur and said, “My God, we’ve got a werewolf!” Even wackos who believed in werewolves didn’t see such murders as werewolf kills. They were too busy looking for crazed, half-human beasts who bay at the full moon, snatch babies from cradles, and leave prints that mysteriously change from paws to feet. So when I read something like this, I had to worry about what other information the vendor was selling.

The “media welcome” part worried me too. Almost all believe.com listings ended with “media need not inquire.” Though vendors pretended the warning was meant to discourage tabloid journalists who’d mangle their stories, they were really worried that a legit reporter would show up and humiliate them. When I went to investigate such claims, I used the guise of being a member of a paranormal society. This time, since the vendor had no problem with media, I was pretending to be a journalist, which wasn’t much of a stretch, since that was my profession, though my typical beat was freelancing articles on Canadian politics, which never included any mention of demonic phenomena, though it might explain the rise of the neo-conservatives.

Once in Pittsburgh, I caught a cab, registered at my hotel, dropped off my stuff, and headed to the meeting. I was supposed to meet the vendor— Ms. Winterbourne—outside a place called Tea for Two. It was exactly what it sounded like, a cutesy shop selling afternoon tea and light lunches. The exterior was whitewashed brick with pale pink and powder blue trim. Rows of antique teapots lined the windowsills. Inside were tiny bistro tables with white linen cloths and wrought-iron chairs. Then, after all this work to make the place as nauseatingly sweet as possible, someone had stuck a piece of hand-markered cardboard in the front window informing passersby that the shop also sold coffee, espresso, latte, and “other coffee-based beverages.”

Ms. Winterbourne had promised to meet me in front of the shop at three-thirty. I arrived at three-thirty-five, peeked inside, and didn’t find anyone waiting, so I went out again. Loitering in front of a tearoom wasn’t like hanging around a coffee shop. After a few minutes, people inside began staring. A server came out and asked if she could “help me.” I assured her I was waiting for someone, in case she mistook me for a vagrant soliciting leftover scones.

At four o’clock, a young woman approached. When I turned, she smiled. She wasn’t very tall, more than a half-foot shorter than my five-ten. Probably in her early twenties. Long curly brown hair, regular features, and green eyes—the type of young woman most often described as “cute,” that catchall description meaning she wasn’t a beauty but there was nothing to drive her into the realm of ugliness. She wore sunglasses, a brimmed hat, and a sundress that flattered the kind of figure men love and women hate, the full curves so maligned in a world of Jenny Craig and Slim-Fast.

“Elena?” she asked, her voice a deep contralto. “Elena... Andrews?”

“Uh—yes,” I said. “Ms. Winterbourne?”

She smiled. “One of them. I’m Paige. My aunt will be along shortly. You’re early.”

“No,” I said, returning her smile full-wattage. “You’re late.”

She blinked, thrown off by my bluntness. “Weren’t we supposed to meet at four-thirty?”

“Three-thirty.”

“I was sure—”

I pulled the printout of our e-mail correspondence from my pocket. “Oh,” she said, after a quick glance. “Three-thirty. I’m so sorry. I must have jotted it down wrong. I’m glad I stopped by early then. I’d better call my aunt and tell her.”

As she took a cell phone from her purse, I stepped away to give her privacy, though with my heightened auditory senses I could have heard the murmured conversation a hundred feet off.

Through the phone, I heard an older woman sigh. She promised to join us as soon as possible and asked—warned?—her niece not to start without her.

“Well,” Paige said, clicking off the phone. “My apologies again, Ms. Andrews. May I call you Elena?”
“Please. Should we wait inside?”

“Actually, it’s a bad place for something like this. Aunt Ruth and I had coffee here this morning.

Food’s great, but it’s much too quiet. You can hear conversations from across the room. I guess we should have realized that, but we’re not very experienced at this sort of thing.”

“No?”

She laughed, a throaty chuckle. “I suppose you hear a lot of that. People not wanting to admit they’re into this kind of stuff. We’re into it. I won’t deny that. But this is our first... what would you call it? Sale? Anyway, since the tearoom turned out to be a bad choice, we had some platters made up and took them to our hotel. We’ll hold the meeting there.”

“Hotel?” I’d thought she lived in Pittsburgh. Vendors usually arranged meetings in their hometown.

“It’s a few blocks over. An easy walk. Guaranteed privacy.”

Big warning bells here. Any woman, even one as femininity challenged as me, knew better than to traipse into the hotel room of a stranger. It was like a horror movie where the heroine goes alone into the abandoned house after all her friends die horrible deaths and the audience sits there yelling, “Don’t go, you stupid bitch!” Well, I was the one shouting, “Go on, but grab the Uzi!”

Walking headfirst into danger was one thing; walking in unarmed was another. Lucky for me, I was armed with Supergirl strength. And if that didn’t do the trick, my Clark Kent act came with fangs and claws. One glance at this woman, barely five-two, nearly a decade my junior, told me I didn’t have anything to worry about. Of course, I had to fake concern. It was expected. “Umm, well.. .” I said, glancing over my shoulder. “I’d prefer a public place. No offense.. .”

“None taken,” she said. “But all my stuff is back at the hotel. How about we stop by there, and if you still don’t feel comfortable, we can grab my things, meet up with my aunt, and go somewhere else. Good?”

“I guess so,” I said, and followed her down the street.

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Stolen (Women of the Otherworld Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 438 reviews.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Not Nearly Enough Clay... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Stolen is the second installment in Kelley Armstrong’s supernatural series, Women of the Otherworld. This is a series that I didn’t think I’d like, but quickly fell in love with. This book starts out with Elena on her way to Pittsburgh to investigate an advertisement for information on werewolves. She has ducked out on Clay so she could handle this solo and to make sure that the pack isn’t in danger of being exposed. Once she gets to her appointment, she discovers they already know she’s a werewolf and have placed the ad specifically to target her. The two that set it in motion are a couple of witches, Ruth and Paige. They inform her that the werewolves are in danger along with all other supernatural beings. Rich Tycoon, Ty Winsloe, and his hired cronies are kidnapping all the creatures he can get his hands on and the wolves could be next. The witches insist Elena bring her leader to a meeting they’re having in Vermont. That night Elena goes for a jog and someone is following her, trying to capture her. She escapes with the help of Ruth and Paige. And after she informs her alpha, Jeremy, of what happened he sees no choice, but to attend the meeting. Jeremy and Elena go to the meeting and listen to what everyone has to say, but decide to eventually go off on their own to handle the threat. Clay joins them and they caravan out of town. Elena is driving solo, but gets into a wreck. Before Clay and Jeremy catch up to her, she is drugged and taken away. She has officially been stolen and thrown into the prison that even she doesn’t see how to escape from. I absolutely loved the predecessor to this book, Bitten, and was really excited to get to read Stolen. This one was pretty good, but I don’t think it quite lived up on Bitten though. This book got off to a slow start for me, but the storyline was interesting and kept me engrossed in the story. This was definitely one that I didn’t want to put down once Elena was kidnapped and the plot thickened so to speak. “A guitar twanged from the far-off radio. Country music. Damn. They’d resorted to torture already.” I think my main complaint in this book is there wasn’t nearly enough Clay in it. I was expecting the book to switch to Clay’s point of view and show when they discovered the wrecked explorer that Elena had been driving or show their attempts at finding her, but they never do. In fact the entire book is narrated by Elena. And the only time we hear from Jeremy or Clay during Elena’s captivity is when Paige pulls Elena into her body so she can talk to her alpha. So needless to say I was bummed to find out that in the next book it will start shifting to other women in the series as book three, Dime Store Magic, focuses on Paige, which is bound to have even less Clay in it….in fact, he will probably be non-existent. I’m sure it will be good once I get past the no Clay thing though. Stolen is a definite must read for Kelley Armstrong fans and any werewolf lover will definitely want to take a big yummy bite. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
aditin14 More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview from Dragon Page; cover to cover with the auther. I was intrigued about the series Kelley Armstrong has written. I havent found the first of the series in nook book form but jumped into the second, Stolen. I love the book. Pretty much action packed from beginning to end. There are no slow parts at all. Cant say it enough I love this book. I'm ready for the next one:)
sjsanchez More than 1 year ago
Clay and Elena make a return in the second installment of Kelley Armstrong's "Women of the Other World" series. They are as offbeat as ever and have now made some equally offbeat friends. This second book was well more developed than the first and keeps you involved the entire time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I related to the the female character, as she is strong as I want to be. Love the series and am going to read all the women of the other world books.
pegasis1225 More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. It has romance, sex, drama, excitement, and keeps you turning the page. I almost couldn't put it down. I kept wanting to read "just the next page" and it turned out to be the next chapter. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to the next one. I recommend this series and also the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of suspense through the middle part of the book - about 2/3 of it makes the reader wonder how/if Elena will be able to "get even" with the bad guys. Of course we want justice to be served, and the bad guys are nicely creepy so we spend most of the book knowing ('cause how can the star character be killed in book 2) that Elena will be okay, but wondering how she'll get her justice. Nicely done.There are a lot of new "races" (a.k.a supernatural beings) introduced which seemed a bit over-the-top (I mean, really, how many supernaturals does there need to be in order for a world to be interesting?) I know that werewolves don't exist, and I suspend disbelief for them, in this book, but I also have to do this for a half dozen other "new" supernaturals too? Bit overcrowded, really.All in all, a very engaging book.
Lam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best urban fantasy series ever written. Though other books in the series follow different protaganists, Elena was the first, and remains my favourite.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just finished it. Wow, it was even better than Kelley's first novel in the Underworld series, Bitten. But you can only expect better work from an author with each successive novel. Because of this I can't wait to start Dime Store Magic later tonight. (Although some of the characters are still the same, the focus shifts from Elena to Paige in Dime Store Magic.)
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first Women of the Otherworld book, Bitten. It had a fresh take on werewolves (it's a biological trait genetically passed on paternally), and also introduced two very dynamic and engaging characters in Elena and Clay. In this sequel, Elena is kidnapped and learns the hard way that there are many more paranormal creatures in her world than werewolves. She must persuade some of them to work with her to escape their captor. An exciting story, with an intricate plot and more world-building that easily surpasses the potential of the first book. A must-read series for Urban Fantasy fans!
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What I like the best about this novel is Clay and Elena's relationship even when they are not together.This novel brings the witches to the forefront and propels them on to Armstrongs other books involving them. I am still partial to the werewolves.
Pagemistress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As fully enjoyable as Bitten, Stolen chronicles the next step in Elena's life. Now fully reintegrated with the pack, Elena faces new challenges when a number of other supernatural creatures reveal themselves, some hoping for mutual cooperation, and others not so friendly. Elena's character is developing nicely, as are her relationships with other characters. My only quibble is with Armstrong's decision to widen the field to include vampires, witches, demons, and other members of the supernatural brotherhood, none of whom were mentioned in Bitten. Presumably this authorial decision was made to keep the material fresh and the author from becoming disenchanted with her world, but it does sadly have the side effect of making Armstrong's work less distinctive from other entries in the growing genre of urban fantasy. While it might have been more interesting to introduce us to a wider and more detailed werewolf society, Stolen is still a good read and well worth it.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elena Michaels is a 31-year old werewolf, the only female of her kind in existence. She lives in a pack that includes her sexy boyfriend Clay (who had bitten her twelve years before), and the Alpha male Jeremy. Elena¿s job in the pack is to monitor the Internet for signs that some mutt (non-pack werewolf) is calling too much attention to the werewolf population.She finds a suspicious notice from Pittsburgh, and contacts the parties to arrange a meeting. Paige and Ruth, who posted the ad, were in fact trying to attract Elena: they claim to be witches, and want help fighting a group capturing and killing all paranormal beings. Elena is skeptical ¿ she only knows about werewolves, but soon gets proof that the world is full of other ¿races,¿ including witches, half-demons, vampires and sorcerers. Unfortunately, the proof comes from being ¿stolen¿ by the group seeking paranormals. They are led by an internet mogul named Tyrone Winsloe, a sick and vicious man with endless resources who wants to prove himself even more powerful than beings with unnatural abilities. Elena needs to escape before Winsloe and his guards kill her, or before they capture and kill Clay who is looking for her, or both. Evaluation: This is definitely a page-turner, and the inclusion of other paranormals besides werewolves is done with enough intelligence and humor that it does not make the story outrageous. Elena, Clay and Jeremy are about as appealing for characters as you can find, and the romance and sex between Elena and Clay is everything you could want. Generally, there¿s a lot of silliness in the paranormal genre, but Armstrong rises above the lesser authors to provide nuance, interest, and overall quality.
sithereandread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading and reviewing "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong I had high hopes for this novel. I can honestly say I was very pleased! Although this story did not revolve around a love story as the first one did, it was action-packed and nail biting. The true test of Elena Michaels as a character occurred when she was totally separated from her Pack and her love. She fought against her instinct and human nature to survive in captivity along with other dangerous "monsters" and the humans who put her there.Many other "races" were introduced in this book and it was interesting to gain some insight on them. I really felt that I was going along for a ride with Elena into the world of supernatural instead of just werewolves. The fact that she might not be the most dangerous creature out there made this journey very real and scary. The workers at this facility were so varied it made me wonder about their initial reason for creating this compound. The money behind the facility was a greedy, cruel, and evil man who thought money could do anything, but in the end that did not become the case. These human characters who differed severely from one another in personality kept me on the edge wondering who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.Kelley Armstrong was very smart in the creation of this novel. Opening my eyes to different characters and races, she was able to expand her "Otherworld" series into many books with the main characters being different in each. I cannot wait to continue reading this series and see how these characters progress.
JamesterCK on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My opinion: I just have to start by saying, Kelley Armstrong you are an amazing author! I have definitely found a new favorite book series, I am now dying to read #3. So this book starts out with Elena traveling to find someone who claims to have proof and knowledge about werewolves. These people happen to be Paige and Ruth, two women who claim to be witches. Elena finds this impossible, but before long the three of them find themselves being hunted. Due to some quick thinking by one of the witches (using a cover spell) they escape; Elena is still very skeptical that they are actually witches, but she knows she needs to tell Jeremy and the rest of the pack about the witches and the people that seem to be hunting all of them. The werewolves agree to attend a meeting with other preternatural beings to discuss what needed to be done. Due to some disagreements, the werewolves eventually part ways with the group...unfortunately Elena ends up falling right into the enemies hands. She's taken to a compound where she is kept prisoner, along with some other people with extraordinary talents. Someone seems to be "collecting" these people, the pretense being to study them. But the truth is more horrifying than any of them could of guessed. Elena definitely seemed to be more confident in this book, more sure of herself and settling into her role again with the pack. Her relationship with Clay sizzles (they are just so perfect together!). I'm finding it hard to write a review for this book...not because it wasn't good, but because it was awesome and it's hard to describe. I kept it brief because I didn't want to give away any vital information to future readers! But I can say that it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters, there's a lot of depth to them and Elena and Clay are pretty comical a lot of the time. Their relationship seems disfunctional sometimes, but it just works for them. I loved the scene in this book where they're making love and he's feeding her breakfast because she's starving; it was sweet, but also quirky, which really describes them to a T. If you haven't checked this series out yet, what are you waiting for? You won't be disappointed! My rating: 5/5 stars
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After making peace with the werewolf "curse" in Bitten, Elena Michaels is back living with her pack in New York, helping to hunt down dangerous "mutts" and helping to keep the pack safe. On a scouting expedition to find information about non-pack wolves, Elena is contacted by representatives of a powerful coven regarding some missing (presumed kidnapped) members of the paranormal community. With the help of the pack, they are hoping to infiltrate a secret "scientific" organization and rescue the innocent captives. Of course mayhem ensues, but I can't get into that here without spoiling the plot for you. As much as I enjoyed Kelley Armstrong's Bitten - the first book in the Women of the Otherworld Series - I really loved Stolen! Kelley Armstrong certainly has a knack for creating and developing an original supernatural world and keeping it fresh and entertaining for her readers. In Stolen, she continues the story of Elena's pack, adding other interesting legendary creatures such as witches, vampires, and half-demons. This series has a little something for everyone!Stolen was a great follow-up to Bitten - excellent writing and containing an ever expanding set of captivating characters. The story is action-packed and fast paced, with incredibly suspenseful plot twists. The Women of the Otherworld Series is simply an outstanding addition to the paranormal fiction/romance world. I am happy I finally "discovered" Kelley Armstrong, and I will definitely continue to read the series.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting! The werewolf universe we were introduced to in the first book, Bitten, suddenly expands with a whole bunch of other supernatural creatures - witches, sorcerers, half-demons, vampires - all of whom are being attacked by a mildly insane bunch of experimenters. Elena and most of the werewolves weren't even aware of the existence of the other 'races'. The bad guys' motivations vary - from scientific experimentation to wanting personal power to wanting a real-life video-game-style hunt - but they're sufficiently similar that they're working together and have captured a whole bunch of supernaturals, and killed off quite a few after studying them. Elena is kidnapped by this bunch, and undergoes some rather nasty events, including having to babysit a newly-'bitten' werewolf (not really bitten, she injected herself. Idiot) and being brought along on a hunt of another werewolf (hunted by men). Excessive complications - telepathic communication that doesn't work very well, Elena's response to a mistake by Clay, enemies hiding in plain sight - make this a little hard to follow sometimes, but overall it's an interesting addition to the story. There's quite a lot of sex in the beginning and end; the first lot is somewhat gratuitous, the second lot feels like it fits the story. And while there is the threat of rape several times, it's never carried out - all the sex is consensual. There's also quite a bit of gore, particularly at the end; however, our big bad heroes are quite thoroughly sickened by it, they don't revel in it in the least. Well, not most of it. Elena does some elegant (psychological) torture on the worst of the bunch. Interesting expansion - I do want to read the next one.
butterflyfreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book! This was my first Kelley Armstrong book, i know that it's second in the series but i didn't know that until weeks after i first red it. I remember how i first got it, it was in my little small-town bookstore. My dad picked it up and then threw it at my saying "Werewolves, that should be something for you", and it was. I was caught on the very first page and couldn't put it down until i'd red the last words. The main character in this book is Elena, the worlds only female werewolf. She is, like all of Kelleys characters, very "real". She is not perfect she got flaws, big ones, but that is the thing that makes me love her the most. She got a wicked temper and loves to pick fights. Her boyfriend is even worse but they both have big hearths. What makes Elena and Clayton (her boyfriend) so very special is that they are werewolves. Kelley Armstrong have made her werewolves as real as Anne Rice makes her vampires. Every "superpower" she gives her werewolves is explained in a very logical way and gives them flaws in their armour. They are much stronger than a human but that force them to eat more since having all that extra power avalible all the time takes a lot of energy. I don't really want to tell more about this book, it speaks for itself. I thought it was ok to read this book before the first one, but I reccomend readin the books in order (Bitten first then Stolen). If you are trying to make up your mind about reading it or not, read it! The book is well worth it. This book doesn't only fit people who are into vampire and other supernatural fiction, this is a book for everyone.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kelley Armstrong is amazing!I loved the first two books, I wonderd how Kelley would be able to write a second book that would be half as good as the first. Eleana is an amazing character. In this second book of the Women of the Otherworld Series, Elena is kidnapped and taken to a compound. Where a group are gathering a whole lot of magically entities to build an army. Eleana must find a way out, and save her friends along with herself.
ToxicMasquerade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, I would love to be Elena. I think she has a exciting and dangerous life. That's why it's fun! I thought this was a fun book. Yes, I recommend it.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and the second told from the point of view of the werewolf, Elena. She is part of a werewolf pack, and in the first book they dealt with psychotic werewolves not of the Pack. In this one, Elena and her pack, including her mate Clay and her mentor, Jeremy, find out about the existence of other supernatural creatures and are invited to join a council of them. They meet two witches, Ruth and Paige Winterbourne, a half-demon, a vampire, and more. Elena and Ruth get kidnapped by a human psychopath and his followers who know who they are and want to study them to try and gain their powers. Ruth begins teaching a young witch, Savannah, also in custody, whose mother, Eve, had been killed by the group as being too hard to control. An exciting read, with lots of action and lots of good characters. The werewolves are a little off-putting as they are quite disdainful of humans, mostly tolerating them when they have to but willing to do what it takes to protect themselves, without remorse. Recommended.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf, makes contact with a council of paranormal folk -- or rather, they make contact with her. They want to warn her of the danger posed by a shadowy group that has been kidnapping member of various paranormal races to study them. And then there is multi-millionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who loves to hunt unusual prey.A large cast of paranormals are introduced in this second book of Armstrong's "Women of the Underworld" series, many of whom will have their own books later. This book is firmly focused on Elena as she investigates, is captured, and lives for a time in captivity. In some ways, this reminded me of Season 4 of Buffy, from Spike's point of view. In other ways it has echoes of the Nazi final solution for aliens, with both scientists doing some sort of research, and a paramilitary situation. Given that, this book still has its own original twists and turns of plot, and kept me reading at a furious pace. A quite enjoyable read.
Suzanne520 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good sequel, though I can definitely see where Armstrong got her inspiration for her darkest powers trilogy now!I love Elena and Clay! I also love Jeremy! I look forward to the next in this series!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elena Michaels is the only living female werewolf, right hand investigator to the pack leader and wife (sort of) to the most feared werewolf in the world. When she begins an investigation of an internet post claiming to have information regarding real werewolf killings, Elena is surprised and alarmed to discover that she is famous even among otherworldly beings that aren't werewolves. After meeting her fellow supernatural legends Elena learns someone is kidnapping and imprisoning otherworldly beings for unknown reasons. Can Elena find who is responsible for the abductions and escape from capture herself before it's too late?Although I enjoyed reading "Bitten" it didn't leave me with a driving desire to continue reading the series. However, when I saw Stolen in the library rack, I gave in to my passing curiosity and picked the book up. I'm quite glad I did. For me "Stolen" was a much more exciting story and despite the length of the novel I've managed to read it over the course of two days. I strongly recommend this book to lovers of horror/adventure stories and lovers of werewolf lore.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Bitten five years ago and loved it. And I'd intended to look for this one when it came out, but that was before I started keeping a calendar list of what's coming out when, and I ended up forgetting about it. Argh.Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf. Her job for the pack is to help keep the werewolves' secrecy by investigating anything online that might indicate a mutt (non-pack werewolf) getting himself noticed.She's following a lead when she agrees to meet with Ruth and Paige Winterbourne, aunt and niece, who are selling proof that werewolves exist. When she meets them, she finds out that not only do they have proof--they know all about her, personally, and that they'd placed the ad specifically in order to meet her. The women explain that they are witches and they wanted to meet her to invite the pack to a meeting of representatives of supernatural races, convening to discuss the disappearance of supernaturals of all sorts, kidnapped by billionaire Ty Winsloe.Elena is disbelieving, but when a stalker in fatigues who seems to know she's a wolf tries to grab her, she's a little more willing to listen. So she, the alpha Jeremy, and Clay, her lover, attend the meeting along with the witches, a vampire, a shaman, and a half-demon.Then she's, well, Stolen--abducted after the meeting when her vehicle gets separated from the one carrying Clay and Jeremy. She's taken to an underground facility with cells housing other supernaturals who are being experimented on. Think Season 4 of Buffy, and The Initiative (which, by the way, is mentioned, making me laugh).That's why the scientists and doctors are there, anyway. Winsloe just wants his own extreme LARP.Stolen opens up the series by introducing other supernatural races. Witches are pretty much what you'd expect, but vampires are a little different from what I've seen elsewhere, and the half-demons, who have a variety of powers depending on their demon parentage, are quite unusual.There's a lot of worldbuilding in this story, and the plot facilitates that--first by Ruth and Paige explaining things to a disbelieving Elena, and then by the experiments and observations of Winsloe's scientific team.Even though the story is told from Elena's first person POV, the various characters are all unique and well-developed, including the villains, who aren't just cardboard cut-outs of Evil, and are all the more chilling because of that.The suspense kept me turning pages, and I particularly appreciated that Armstrong skipped the cliche of the stupid villains--that most of the ways Elena tried to escape had been anticipated and prevented, and that she kept having to stretch her ingenuity.There is, of course, less of the werewolf pack and Elena's relationship with Clay--that was done superbly in Bitten, and kudos to Armstrong again for not simply rehashing the first book. There's a bit, though, enough to keep fans happy.I'm glad I finally remembered to get this. The third book is already in my TBR pile.
simmererdown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Armstrong's books and her web-site (Free online fiction). This book continues Elena's story as well as introducing readers to new characters.