Raised by Wolves- Jenifer Lynn Barnes

Written By: Kellie - May• 22•11

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I noticed before deciding to read this book that it was getting a lot of less than stellar good reads reviews but it sounded like a fun read so I went for it anyways, and I’m glad I did. This was a YA book written for actual teens, not adults who like the YAA genre (although they can certainly still enjoy it). If you keep that in mind, this book is Aces (not sure why I feel the need to describe it that way, but sure).

The cover is very pretty, an the girl on it makes a believable Bryn, although isn’t quite how I pictured her. More head strong, less whimsically looking over her shoulder. The colours on the cover are great though! Moon colours almost, fits the werewolves vibe very well.

Bryn is a human girl who was raised in a pack of werewolves after escaping an attack on her family at the age of four. That and a lot of the details of pack life screamed Mercy Thompson to me. These two series have a lot in common when it comes to were lore, but that’s okay… you don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time you write a book. By the end of the vamp craze there were so many sets of rules for vampires that I really couldn’t keep them straight.

I enjoyed the dynamic of Bryn and her friends. Lake’s and Devon are a lot of fun, and I’m curious to see what will happen to them in the next book. Actually, the whole pack dynamic by the end of the first book was… unexpected, so that should hopefully bring the series somewhere pretty cool for ‘Trial by Fire’ which comes out next month.

Rating

Second Opinions
Charleen’s Little Corner
Luxury Reading
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read

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