Friday, October 16, 2009

Book: Frostbitten

Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Considering Frostbitten is the tenth installment in the "Women of the Otherworld" series, it is amazing that the book held up, instead of pathetically flopping like so many long series have done before.

The story takes place more than three years after Broken. Elena investigates yet another set of mutts-related deaths and wherever Elena is, Clay follows, this time into the wild and mystical Alaska (by the way, though the man is convincingly portrayed as usual, I still think he is too good to be true). To avoid spoilers, suffice to say that in the book a few new werewolves make their appearances, Jeremy shows up in perhaps two places, and Elena's twins "drop" into just enough scenes to let readers know they are adorable. This book is truly about Elena and Clay--more specifically, how their relationship has matured and deepened. After the bland and boring Broken, Armstrong appears to be on solid grounds again. Interactions between the two main characters and their offspring are filled with warmth, sweetness, and contentment; the two have gotten over their trust issues, Elena no longer shy of proclaiming her love for Clay.

Although the romance portion offers good reading, the fantasy part is more of the plain vanilla type. That "capture-escape-capture-furious Elena/Clay explode and triumph" routine is especially tiring, because every single previous installment contained something similar.

4 out of 5 stars

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