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Book Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.
But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.
But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?
From goodreads.com

Raised by Wolves is the first book in the Raised by Wolves series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. It's a good, fast paced and interesting read, and I really enjoyed it.

Bryn is a human living among a pack of scary, power-crazy and aggressive werewolves. After a wolf attacked and killed her parents, Bryn was found covered in blood by Callum, an alpha of a wolf pack. He took her in, and she was raised by wolves. She's confident, determined and independent, everything a good main character should be. Also, though her almost immediate connection between her and Chase, although being very sudden and rushed, is sweet and well written, and in a way, it's quite a subtle romance. (Does that make sense?)

I also thought it was interesting how, even though Bryn was a human living amongst a pack of werewolves, she never expressed a desire to become one of them, maybe because she thought it was impossible, but even when she found that it wasn't she still didn't want to be, which is a nice change, from the human falling in love with supernatural creature and moaning because she can't be changed like Bella...

The wolves in this book were 'proper' werewolves. They were pack driven, aggressive, and closer to a wolf than a man, which was good, because they weren't watered down versions of werewolves. They cannot disobey a direct order from their alpha, they use violence to solve problems, and they have completely animal instincts.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I do have one complaint. It took me so long to read! It took me 13 days, when it should have only taken 3 or 4. Whether this had anything to do with the book or not, I don't know, but it did, and I think it would have been even better, had I read it quicker. There just isn't enough time... Oh well. I'm really looking forward to the next book, Trial by Fire and I think that the Raised by Wolves series is a welcome addition to the YA paranormal genre.

I give it 4 Feet!

Comments

  1. Great review! I keep seeing this at the bookstore and breezing past it, waiting on a review. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it :)

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  2. I'll be checking this out... I much prefer werewolves to vampires.

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  3. Nice review. I loved how you wrote "Like Bella" because when I read the first part of that sentence I starting thinking to myself, "Ugh, like Bella" :P

    This one sounds good. I'd seen it around, but I hadn't put it on my list. It's on my TBR now.

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  4. I have this on my bookshelf to read. I want to start it now after reading your review :)

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