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Friday, October 1, 2010

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

so this is my first blog, which im pretty sure no one will read for a while, but aw well you’ve got to start somewhere, right? so without further ado I’ll jump right into my first book review and hopefully anyone who stumbles across it will like what they see!

Bryn, (or, when in trouble, Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare) is a fifteen year old girl who, you guessed it, was raised by wolves. Or more precisely, she was raised by werewolves. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents when she was only 4 years old Bryn was taken under the wing of Callum, the all-powerful alpha of the Stone River Pack. His mark on her is a constant reminder of his dominance, and although she views Callum as a father figure, Bryn is under no illusions that she is a completely free girl, and always pushes against the restraints that pack life forces on her.

When the weres around her start to act suspiciously protective and secretive Bryn knows something is up, but decides to play good-girl for her family. Soon, however, her curious and rebellious nature wins out and she discovers something truly dreadful, another were is living caged in Callum’s basement. Chase is the mysterious teenage bad-boy who isn’t yet fully in control of his inner wolf, and who Bryn just can’t help feeling a connection to. But he shouldnt exist. See, were’s are born the way they are, through genetics, and in their society where females are scarce and the alpha is to be obeyed, new human-turned-weres are incredibly rare. And then chase says the words that will change Bryn’s life forever: I got bit. With just these three little words Bryn’s life as she knows it goes spiraling out of control. A were can’t be made. It should be impossible for someone to survive an attack that vicious. And yet the evidence is staring back at her through the bars of the cage.

 After this first encounter Bryn is determined to know more, to see Chase again at all costs, even if doing so means she has to renounce whatever independence she was able to scrape by on within the pack. Little does she know that doing so will open up all sorts of other mysteries, leading her to question who and what she can really trust, and putting her and her friends in danger. Bryn is a survivor, but will she be able to survive the truth?

Raised by wolves was one of those books that stayed with me long after I finished reading it, and i really can’t wait for its sequel, Trial by fire, which will be released next year. It is one of those books that is not cliché, and yet will still satisfy any other werewolf fans out there like myself. Barnes’ writing is very powerful and has that raw and honest edge that captures its readers from the first page. The characters feel real and stay true to themselves, and I definitely fell in love with Chase, Bryn, Dev and Lake. It was a book that at first I was a little reluctant to pick up, but that went beyond my imaginings and into the realms of the freakin-fantastic, with some nice twists along the way.

41/2 stars


  1. I've heard great things about this one - I must check it out!

    Happy blogging! :)

  2. Great review! I've have read a lot of great reviews about this one and I can't wait to read it!

    You're new blog looks great and I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do :)