Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (June 8, 2010)
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Chase and Bryn share a strange connection: the rogue werewolf who “turned” Chase was the same one who killed Bryn's parents when she was young. The pack who subsequently raised Bryn led her to believe that the murdering wolf was dead, but Chase is proof that they lied. The two teens decide to take justice into their own hands when they discover that the “Rabid” is still kidnapping and turning children—with the full knowledge of the more mainstream werewolves in the area. Fascinating glimpses into pack family dynamics add depth and texture to this latest entry in the werewolf oeuvre. The requisite elements are here—star-crossed lovers, lethal enemies, and even the family framework—but other than occasionally belaboring werewolf lore, Barnes has produced an appealing addition to the ranks of contemporary fantasy-horror.
Andye gave me this book to read because, well, frankly every-time I've picked up a book here lately, it's a complete dud. I was excited to start a book and not want to put it down after about fifty pages, like I said, I've been in a slump lately. I felt completely different about Raised by Wolves. Is it the best book I've read this year? No. But, It brought me out of my slump.
I thought this book was good. I loved Callum, Bryn's father figure, he was such a strong character. He wasn't in half of the book and yet his presence was there. And, Ali... loved Ali's character. She was Bryn's mother figure, the one that raised her. She was so sweet and protective, her and Bryn's relationship reminded me a lot of Abigaile's and mine. I forget sometimes that Abigaile and I are not equals (she's a couple of inches taller than I am), I will be arguing with her, and realize... "Oh, wait a minute, I have the power to stop this right now." On the other hand, Abigaile is like a best friend... we talk about boys and music, while she rolls her eyes at everything I say. Well, what I'm saying is that Bryn and Ali's chemistry was very cool, sorry about that tangent :)
The fact that Bryn could hear Chase's thoughts made the book romantic and intense, however, I'm still trying to figure out why. She is complete human, she has strengths and powers that aren't exactly human and I'm not knowing really where they came from. I loved the powerful moments between the packs and how Bryn was such a leader. She knew what she had to do and did it. Without asking permission and no matter what the consequence was, Bryn had to take charge to save the day and every one around her, including the pack.
This was a good book, definitely worth buying and reading. I know we at Reading Teen enjoy a good clean read, so here it is! From what Andye told me, the werewolves in this book remind her of the ones from Twilight, so I guess that's a good thing also. (No, I still haven't read Twilight yet!)
*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 Parental Book Reviews.