It took me around 150 pages to care about the characters in this Kelley Armstrong "Otherworld" series book. I almost put it down a few times, but sure am glad that I decided to stick with it.
Bitten, Armstrong's first book, is about a pack of werewolves defending their territory told from the perspective of Elena, the world's only female werewolf. I won't give away the plot of the book, but will tell you that it's a quick read, and pretty exciting. It has a splash of romance, but even I didn't mind it too much.
It's not the best novel I've ever read by a long stretch, but was a good story with a pretty kick-ass protagonist. It's fun to see a female hero who is allowed a voice -- actually THE voice -- in the story. The first-person narrative style of the book is not my favorite. It's actually my least favorite style. But I think Armstrong is a great story teller.
I first heard about Armstrong in a Joe Murphy book review on Wingin' It. I miss Joe, and probably primarily stuck with this book through those first 150 pages because he loved it and recommended it. As always, he didn't steer me wrong. Also, Riotrant loaned me the book, and I knew if she got through it and liked it, I would.