Book Review: Raised by Wolves

Book Review: Raised by WolvesRaised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Raised by Wolves #1
Published by Egmont USA on June 8th 2010
Pages: 418

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?

Raised by Wolves is a fantastic coming-of-age story werewolf style. Barnes grabs the reader's attention and does not let go until the very last pages. With multiple twists and turns, this is a story that you will not want to put down until the very end.

In the beginning, I was not too impressed with the plot. Something about the premise just did not spark my interest the way that I was hoping it would. Flash forward a few chapters, and my opinion completely changed. Raised by Wolves has a familiarity about it that at first may seem like the same old, same old. But what I personally loved was that it really was not a typical werewolf tale wearing a new hat. Barnes' writing and creativity felt fresh, and introduced some new elements into this topic.

As for the characters and their relationships, I really enjoyed them. I loved that Bryn was a strong female and would not back down to anyone. She had a backbone and a mind of her own, so that alone gives the novel points. In regards to Bryn's relationship, I am torn. I did like Chase, but I wish their relationship had progressed a little differently. For me, it was a little too instantaneous. However, with the constant action and mysteries to be solved, I am not sure if it would have worked if it had been more drawn out.

Raised by Wolves feels fresh and new. Yes, the basic idea of the werewolf lore is still there, but in a way that I have yet to see before. There is still plenty more to explore in Bryn's world, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Raised by Wolves

  1. This was my first werewolf read and I really like it. I was actually glad that it did not revolve around a romance and look forward to another book with Bryn and her pack.

  2. Andrea

    I’m going to have to give it a try. I’ve never made it past the first few chapters of a Barnes book, but I think this might be the one.

  3. April (BooksandWine)

    I love the cover of this book, the HB is soooo pretty! And plus I actually obtained it sort of by accident at BEA, saw the line was semi-short and got in, and yay for a copy. I’m so glad you enjoyed this Kate!

  4. Eleni @ La Femme Readers

    Amazing review. I started it but got distracted, will definitely go back to it soon. 🙂 Hopefully I like it as much as you did…

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