Raised by Wolves

Raised by WolvesTitle: Raised by Wolves
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: Raised by Wolves #1
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Date: June 8, 2010
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
4 Stars

SYNOPSIS

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?


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I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like Raised by Wolves because it is about werewolves; however, I am really glad that I gave it shot. I was engrossed in the book almost immediately thanks to the writing style and the engaging main character. The story is told from Bryn’s perspective, and the constant struggle she feels to remain independent among a group of werewolves who try to impose their dominance on her, coupled with her wit and sarcasm, really makes the story great.

This story is about much more than a young woman fighting for independence though. At the young age of 4, Bryn saw her parents brutally murdered by a rabid werewolf and was rescued by another pack of well-intentioned werewolves just before she became a victim herself. When Bryn discovers a boy named Chase, another survivor of a rabid werewolf attack (which is quite rare), she is instantly drawn to him because of the kinship she feels towards someone who finally understands what she went through when she was 4. Meeting Chase only leads to more questions about the night her parents were murdered, so Bryn embarks on an exciting adventure to get the answers she needs.

 

Spoiler Alert

 

Even though I really liked this book, I have some important questions that I am hoping will be answered in Trial by Fire. I just feel like there is much more to the Chase-Bryn connection than we know about. At one point Chase tells Bryn that he loved her before he was attacked. Considering that they had supposedly never met before the attack, how exactly is it possible that he had loved her? I was expecting to find out that they did in fact have some prior connection, but if they did, we never found out about it in this book! Any prior connection they may have had was never really mentioned after Chase’s initial statement. I want the answers to this little mystery by the time the series is over or I won’t be happy!

On another note, I understand Chase and Bryn’s feelings towards each other since they have gone through similar tragedies, BUT, I like Devon better! I know there was never even an inkling that Devon and Bryn would ever be more than friends, but I think it would be great if they were. They have known each other since they were very young, he is protective of her while simultaneously respecting her need for independence, he understands her, and he is just really sweet. I do not believe there is any intentions for a Devon-Bryn-Chase love triangle because the Trial by Fire description indicates that a new boy named Connor will come into Bryn’s life and complicate her relationship with Chase. Sigh L. Oh well, maybe Chase will grow on me.