Written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published June, 2010 by Egmont
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
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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.
Another one I could give 3.5 stars to if I could. I was torn between rating this a 3 and rating it a 4. An enjoyable read, but I had a few niggling issues.
I really enjoyed Raised by Wolves. In my opinion, it was more exciting at the end and also at the start. The middle felt a little slow for me, which is probably why I put it down and moved onto other books for a while. I didn’t have the desire to keep pushing on until Lake came into it.
Lake! What an amazing character. I could sing my praises for Lake all day if you’d allow me! She’s totally kick-ass and I admire her so much. I pretty much wish I had a friend like Lake. I also liked Devon, though he confused me. Sometimes I’d be thinking of him as this strong, manly character and the next I was thinking he was a gay best friend. I did, however, like him a lot more than Chase.
To me, the connection between Chase and Bryn didn’t feel ‘real’. I didn’t exactly believe it and their lack of interaction made me not like their relationship much at all. I really preferred Devon as the male lead against Chase. Maybe it was just my gaps between reading, but I felt like Chase didn’t say much at all. I feel like we didn’t ‘know’ him, and neither did Bryn.
I liked Bryn, but I didn’t love her. I would love to see a solo Lake and Devon story. That I would definitely read.
I really loved the ending. Loved how the Rabid’s own creations destroyed him, loved how Callum somehow pieced this ‘present’ together from his psychic abilities. I like how well constructed the big finale was, that we got a big reveal that went ‘ahhh, so that’s why!’. I felt it really completed the story and tied it up into a nice little package.
This is a really great read for shifter/werewolf fans. I like them, but I can only take so much in small doses. After Raised by Wolves (a 400+ page read) I think my werewolf fix has been satiated for a few months at least.
Lake fans represent!
Recommended to: ANY fans of YA werewolf reads. If you’re not already a fan, this will be a great introductory read to the genre. It’s got everything you could possibly want.