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Friday, June 18, 2010

Review of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Raised by Wolves
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?

Wow!  I originally decided to buy this book because of Melissa Marr's recommendation!  She's one of my favorite authors, and when an author I love makes a suggestion, I usually like it too.  This is my first all-about-werewolves book, and it did not disappoint!!  Although I've read some about werewolves in other books, like Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, I've never delved this deeply into "pack life" and the many details that go into living life as a werewolf.  

It was like entering another world!  It's strange to think about how terrifying it would be to live as a human amongst werewolves, but at the same time, it just seems so exciting.  If you were a fan of the wolves in Twilight (which I so was!), chances are you will love this book.  It was like diving into Jacob's pack and seeing what the everyday life of a wolf would be.  Don't get me wrong, there are many differences between Stephenie's wolf-pack and Jennifer's.  For one, in Raised by Wolves, werewolves can be made by being infected.  This is what happens to Chase, the main guy character in the book, and the change from human to werewolf wasn't easy.  Another difference, and one I didn't mind at all, was the absence of vampires.  Although most of the werewolves were good, the enemy that these wolves had to fight was a Rabid werewolf.

Bryn was a fabulous main character.  I loved her determination, stubbornness, and her dry sense of humor.  The way that she acted like one of the pack, but all the while keeping her own independence was a breath of fresh air.  At times the pack, with its hierarchy and laws of obedience, kind of freaked me out, but Bryn held her own and didn't let them dominate her.  There was one particularly disturbing scene in the middle of the book that just broke my heart for her.  I don't want to give it away, but let's just say, Ali, I'm with you!  I would've done exactly the same thing!!

Speaking of Ali....I loved her character!  As a matter of fact, I loved all the supporting characters.  Ali was a kind, loving and protective woman who wouldn't put up with any crap.  Devon was just a fun-loving goofball, but also fiercely protective of Bryn.  Lake was such a strong character and friend.  And they were all just so loyal.  I absolutely enjoyed reading about each of them.

And then there's Chase.  I think I could stand to read a little more about him!  :)   I did think the relationship between Bryn and Chase was a little fast to develop.  I know that there was a special connection between them, but half the fun of romance is the build up.  But still, they were sweet together, and they didn't just gush over each other all the time, or try to dominate each other which I appreciate.  This book really focused on Bryn, and her story, and the romance took a back seat to what she needed to accomplish.

One of the things I appreciated most about this book is, other than the large amount of werewolf was a very clean read.  There was no sexual content, and very, very minor language!  As a mom, this makes me extra happy!  Fantastic job, Jennifer!  I can't wait to see where the next book leads!  Trial By Fire, the sequel, will be published in Summer 2011.

5 out 6


Parents need to know:  There is no sexual content, and very little language, but there is a large amount of violence and blood.  For more details go to Raised by Wolves on Parental Book Reviews


  1. I agree when you say its terrifying to live as a human among wolves! But I love the premise of this book! Thanks so much for reviewing great

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  3. Melissa Marr was the 1st person I saw review it also, saying it was fantastic. I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on this one! Thanks for the review.

  4. Great review thanks. Good job with the comments about what parents should know. I might have to borrow it ;)

  5. Thanks for the comment, guys! I just might have this book in a giveaway soon....


  6. Awesome review. I so want to read this book. ^^


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