Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Raised by Wolves
Title: Raised by Wolves
Author:  Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Hardcover: 432 pages
Published: June 2010
Reading Level: YA
My Copy: Around the World Tours
My Rating: 4 out of 5 wicked hearts

Blurb from

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? 

My quick wicked thoughts...A kick ass heroine that is submerged in pack politics, stalker drama and hot werewolves.

Why I was tempted to read this...The cover caught my eye and the blurb about it reeled me in.

Cover thoughts...dark blue and mysterious, I like it

Romance Meter...umm oh yeah and pretty hot when Chase is around.  Unfortunately they are separated for most of the book, but they work to overcome this. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 on romance.

Character and Plot...Bryn is a headstrong, tough, never-give-up kind of girl and I love that about her.  She kind of reminded me of Mercy from the Patricia Briggs series.  When she puts her mind to a task, she will get it way or another, sometimes with disastrous consequences! Bryn was raised by the pack, but not "in" the pack...always holding herself apart and "safe" from their pack mentality and politics. When she finds out Chase is locked up at the alpha's house, she requests permission to speak with him and the alpha makes her do numerous things before he will grant his permission. Bryn believe Chase is her link to remembering what happened when her parents were killed by a rabid wolf, but as she starts remember and talking to Chase, she finds out a lot of other things also. There is a lot of growing as a person that Bryn does in the book as well as taking responsibility for her actions.

The Ending...There is quite a journey to get to the end and so many dynamics change around in the book, but it is set up perfectly for a sequel.  The ending is just right, not disappointing but also leaves the door open for a lot to happen.
Sequel... YES! per the author's website, Trail by Fire will be published Summer 2011! I look forward to it!
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