Sunday, May 2, 2010
Raised by Wolves Review
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: June 8th 2010
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells a suspenseful story with plenty of action. Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare should have died at age four when a rogue werewolf came to kill her parents. Bronwyn or Bryn for short hid and was saved by Callum, the alpha of the area. Callum is a thousand year old werewolf with the largest pack of werewolves. Callum adopted the human girl and raised her as wolf. Bryn rebelled and fought to block out the pack way of life. Where the werewolves would never disobey Callum Bryn pushed the limits by sneaking out, getting less than straight A’s and might have borrowed a motorcycle when the owner wasn’t looking.
Barnes created a very intricate world with lots of back story. For example werewolves are born and are mostly men. Female werewolves are only born as a set of twins and most werewolves are born to human mothers who rarely survive the birth.
Bryn was raised by Ali one of the human wives who is pregnant with twins. Ali is only a few years older than Bryn and has always fought to give her a normal life. When Ali goes into labor Bryn can’t watch and she escapes to the forest.
She eventually ends up at Callum’s house where she discovers a boy caged in the basement. Chase is not only a boy but a new wolf who tells her he was bitten before he turned. Chase shifts when he smells her fear and crashes against the bars of his cage trying to feeding on her.
I really like that Bryn isn’t a victim but a girl who can kicks a$$. Since Callum claimed her as his when she came into the pack it guaranteed her security, but she also had to learn to fight and survive just in case something went wrong.
The story takes so many unexpected twist that I can’t begin to describe them. The moments Bryn shares with Callum are so emotionally charged. One moment I wanted to yell at him and others I wanted to love him. I was smitten with Chase from the moment he told Bryn “Before the attack, I liked cars, Yeats, having a bedroom that locked from the inside and you” can we say ahh! The ending was really surprising and unexpected. One of the things I found a little creepy was how newborn wolves can shift from wolf to human. If you thought baby vamps were creepy wait until you meet the shifting wolves. Over all I thought the story was great and I hope that there will be a second book because I can really see this turning into a series.
I would like to thank Melissa Marr and The Rath and Ruins boards for having the monthly giveaways where I won an advance copy of Raised by Wolves. Make sure to pick up Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes on June 8th 2010.
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