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Review: “Raised by Wolves,” Jennifer Lynn Barnes

October 6, 2010
Review: “Raised by Wolves,” Jennifer Lynn BarnesRaised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves #1)
Written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published June, 2010 by Egmont
432 pages
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
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three-stars

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.

About Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember.

8 Comments

  • Reply Kristen October 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Hey nice review!! The book sounds really good. I am a new follower please show the love and check out my blog

    http://www.kristenhaskins.blogspot.com

  • Reply Kelly October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I so love when the ending does make sense, and isn’t anti-climactic. I have heard a lot of good things about this bookd and it’s about “wolves” so yay!!

    • Reply Brittany October 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      I know! It makes it so much better :) YAY!

      • Reply Kelly October 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

        It does and I just ordered: “Sisters Red” btw, because it is about wolves too. You might want to check it out, I hear it is quite good! XD

  • Reply Becky October 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve been holding off on this one because I’m a little burnt out on werewolves, but I’ve seen so many great reviews of it I will definitely be picking it up soon! I can’t wait to read more about this Lake character :).

    • Reply Brittany October 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      I feel your pain!

      Oh, I’m excited now! She definitely needs more love around here. If you end up reading it and adoring her to bits, please let me know!

  • Reply Kristina Barnes October 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    This is so funny that we posted our reviews so close together. :D

    I completely agree with you on Bryn’s and Chase’s relationship. I wasn’t satisfied. Sure, they formed a special bond that transcended the pack, but you’d think they would interact more. Bryn and Chase barely spoke to each other, yet by their third meeting, they were “in love”. Most of their conversations included, “You’re MINE!” or something of the sort — not trying to get to know each other, no flirting. I mean, I realize these two were in a pack now, but they still have human traces.

    I actually really, really enjoyed this story. It’s a great contrast to other werewolf stories I’ve been reading lately, and was the one that had me hooked, by far. I had a bit that could have held me from giving it the rating I had (5/5), but the general feel the story had on me surpassed things I didn’t like in the book. :)

    Anyhow, great review! :D

    • Reply Brittany October 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      I will definitely check out your review now!

      Yes, that was the main ‘dropping stars’ point for me. Since they’re the ‘leads’ I really wanted their relationship to be believable and it just set the standard for the rest of the story when that didn’t happen.

      It was amazing how much work Jennifer Lynn Barnes put into the whole ‘pack lore’ etc. Even the most clueless reader would be up to speed on the rules of werewolves in no time.

      Thanks!

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