Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book:  Raised By Wolves
Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published:  June 8, 2010 from EgmontUSA
My edition/number of pages:  ARC/419

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Publisher
Series?:  Yes.  First book.

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?

Raised By Wolves is a refreshingly unique take on the werewolf story.   I have never been a huge fan of werewolf books but I absolutely adored Raised By Wolves.  It was just different enough that I wasn’t able to predict anything that was coming.  I know this is going to be a series so I cannot wait until the sequel is released.

Bronwyn (Bryn) Clare is not your normal teenager.  For starters, she was literally raised by wolves.  When a rabid werewolf killed her parents, Callum, the alpha of the pack, took her in.  Being raised by a pack of werewolves has made her a little bit human but a little bit wolf.  She belongs with the pack, at least she thinks she does.  When she meets Chase, a teenage werewolf, locked in a cage in Callum’s basement, she knows they are the same, just not how.  She is determined to see him again and she will do whatever it takes, even betraying her pack.  The real question is, why is her pack trying to keep her away from him?

Bryn was a fierce girl.  I loved how brave and stubborn she was.  She may have been the weakest of the pack but you sure couldn’t tell from the way she acted.  She was witty and clever and just all around fun.  She was great with Callum and the rest of the pack but I truly loved her with Chase.  They had some wierd connection but they were so good together.  I didn’t think they would be good together at first because they are both so alike but the relationship did work out.  They were both lonely and afraid but hiding behind their tough exteriors.  I liked seeing both sides to them.  Also, Devon and Lake were great counterbalances.  They were original, funny, but also calm and collected when they needed to be.  That was good because neither Bryn nor Chase were.  It was just a great mix of characters that hopefully will only continue to grow with the next book.

The plot was the best part of the book though.  From the very first page I was drawn into the mystery of the pack and their secrets.   Bryn knew that Callum was keeping something from her and I had to find out what it was.  Once you find that out, the mysteries and secrets only get deeper and harder to figure out.  I was kept guessing until the end of the book.  I loved it!  And while the book is over 400 pages, I never felt like it was too much.  In fact, it wasn’t enough for me.  There is at least a year between now and the next book and I am dying.  If it’s anything like this one, it will be a sure hit with me.

Overall, I think you can tell what I think of Raised By Wolves.  It’s my first ever book by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and my new goal this summer is to read the rest of her books.  Her writing is awesome and I have high hopes for whatever she does next.  If you haven’t already read this one, add it to your list.  =]

First line:  “Bronwyn Alessia St.Vincent Clare!”

Writing:  5

Characters:  5

Plot:  5

Ending:  5

Originality:  5

Overall:  25=A++

Cover:  4=B- ( I much preferred the original cover.)

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  1. The Book Owl

    I literally just posted a review of this as well, and I agree completely with your review! Who knew werewolf fiction could be this good? I, too, am going to be reading a lot more by Barnes.

  2. Sara

    I’m not a big fan of werewolf books either, but this one sounds wonderful! This is a really amazing review. I love those books that catch your attention from the very first page and leave you wanting more. I’ll have to check this out for sure 🙂

  3. Etana @ Fiction Fixation

    Great Review. I just finished this book a few weeks ago, and for the most part, I loved it. I had never enjoyed werewolf books much before, and was pleasantly surprised by this one. The only problem I had was with the believability of the love story.
    Anyways…great review!

  4. Clover

    This one sounds interesting! I won it in a competition but it was never sent to me. 🙁 But I’ve only good heard things about it, so that’s good..

  5. Bere

    Wonderful review Katie! I’m really glad you enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to read it, I’m more excited now with your brilliant review. Thanks Katie. =)

  6. Jane

    I’m super stoked to read this book… this is the second glowing review I’ve read, and now I’m ready to buy it and love it. 🙂


  7. Bronwyn

    I ADORED this book!Even though I know I know it’s not real,I know how she feel about her name since my name is also Bronwyn.(I know creepy,right.)I didn’t know till i bought the book though,so that made it REALLY weird but all in all a great book.Great review!I can’t wait for “TRIAL BY FIRE”comes out next year.

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