A Fond Farewell to the Women of the Otherworld: Stolen Review

It’s time for the second instalment of the Fond Farewell posts (yes that’s what I’m calling them and I’m sticking with it). Be careful there will be spoilers.

Stolen is the second novel in the Women of the Otherworld Series and also features the kick arse werewolf Elena Michaels once again.

It seems that she can never stay out of trouble for too long. Reclaiming her place in the pack Elena uses her role as a journalist (a girl after my own heart) to track down potential threats to the exposure of werewolves. This is how she meets Paige Winterbourne, a young, annoying and uptight witch who, along with her aunt, tells Elena that there is a lot more to the world than humans and werewolves.

In dragging Elena into the wider supernatural world, Ruth and Paige Winterbourne have put her into a lot of danger. Afterall, being the only female werewolf in existence is going to come with a fair amount of trouble. While driving she is kidnapped by a group of humans who know about the Otherworld and during her time in captivity she is introduced to a variety of other supernaturals, the most notable being Savannah Levine a young girl whose mum was killed in the compound she’s held captive in.

Right from the word go this novel hits the ground running with Armstrong’s amazing wit and heavy dose of sarcasm, if you’ve missed Elena then this is the perfect remedy. Stolen doesn’t ease you into the story, if you’ve not read the first then you’re pretty much on your own.

Each page is full of quality writing and perfect plot, we find out about the rest of the supernatural world at the same time as Elena, we share her feelings about certain characters and we also experience her panic.

Armstrong makes us think that it couldn’t be possible for there to be other supernatural creatures, and then it dawns on you that this is a book that deals with werewolves, why wouldn’t there be witches and sorcerers and demons?

There’s also an excellent insight into the supernatural world and their paranoia that humans will one day uncover their world. I thought it was really clever the way this was explained with the supernatural version of Ebay and the way both Elena and Jeremy keep an eye out on the media. Armstrong has established that she isn’t writing for the sake of writing, she has actually thought it all out and knows where the story is going to end up.

In fact, many of the characters introduced in this book go on to become narrators later on the series or are pivotal in later plots.

Yet the best thing about Stolen is once again the lead character. Elena just continues to develop. She never before came across as a maternal sort of person but she becomes concerned for Savannah and does her best to look after, then there’s also the fact that she once again uses her brain to keep herself out of trouble or at least to lessen the trouble she has found herself in.

Full of wonderful one-liners and forever entertaining Armstrong continue to develop her dark yet comic world of the supernatural. If I have one complaint about this is that it’s the last time Elena narrates until Broken.

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