Friday, January 21, 2011

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release Date: June 8th 2010 by
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 452 pages
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:
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?
Review: This book had an interesting a premise: a teenaged human girl who was raised by wolves after her parents’ death. We meet Bryn who is rebellious and pushes back on the authority in her life, namely Callum, the pack leader but he is also a bit of a foster father to her as well.
Bryn discovers that the pack is hiding a newly turned wolf from her and that only makes her more determined to see him and find out what’s going on. Bryn ends up breaking too many rules and has to pay for it through pack punishment.  
The story is interesting; I guess my issue lies with Bryn’s age and the situations she gets into. After she gets into major trouble with the pack, Callum (her somewhat foster dad) orders her beaten until she passes out and it is horrible! He has an adult female do it, but c’mon, she is only 15! I had a really hard time getting past her age, this beating, her responsibility and the book’s resolution.
Secondary characters in the story are actually great. Lake, Devon and Allie and likable and well rounded. I was disappointed, however in Chase who was Bryn’s love interest. He remained two-dimensional; his character was never fleshed out so you don’t really get to know who he is. He and Bryn communicated telepathically most of the time in short two and three word sentences that got very annoying.
There is a sequel to Raised by Wolves coming out this year and hopefully issues like Chase’s character will be more developed.
Content: Violence.


Tiger Holland said...

I agree with your issues with the book. I quite enjoyed it, but at the same time, I thought the whole book would make more sense if Bryn were 17 or 18. Plus, her romance was underdeveloped.

Reading Against All Odds said...

I´m a huge fan of wolf/shapeshifters, so I think I will check it out,even though you had some issues with it. Thanks for sharing! :-)
Lea @ Reading Against All Odds

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

So, she is raised by werewolves, but isn't a werewolf herself? That's interesting.

The werewolves in the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries are pretty brutal to each other - they live by a harsh code, so I guess I could sort of see her foster father demanding a harsh punishment for her.

Awesomesauce Book Club said...

I think it has a lot of potential but for some reason it didn't come through for me. I liked it, but I thought there could have been more. I will pick up the 2nd one when its out at the library.


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