Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1) Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves, #1)(Source: I borrowed a copy of this book.)
At the age of 4 Bryn’s family was attacked and killed by a rabid werewolf, while she hid under the kitchen sink. She was then taken in by Callum – a werewolf alpha, and raised as part of the pack.
Bryn always believed that Callum’s pack killed the rogue who slaughtered her family, but with the secret arrival of a teenage boy to their pack, comes a revelation for Bryn. This boy – Chase was attacked and turned by a rabid wolf. A rabid wolf with a white star marking on his head – the same wolf who killed her family.
Forming a strange bond with Chase, Bryn knows that it is up to them to stop this lone psychopath, especially when the other packs seem inclined to leave him be, and Bryn finds out that it is not just Chase and her family who were attacked, but that this wolf has been murdering children for years.
Do Bryn and Chase really stand a chance against this rabid wolf though?

This book is quite obviously written for a younger teen audience, the main character is 15, and comes across that way, the romance/bonding is very PG, and just reads and feels like a book for a more immature audience. That being said, I did enjoy the book, but it just seemed to take me ages to plough through it. Whether this was in part due to the main character being so young I don’t know. The book just seemed really slow-paced, and while it didn’t seem to drag, it did just seem to take forever to read (sorry, difficult to explain this one).

I liked Bryn, although she came across very young, younger than 15 even. At times I felt more like I was thinking of her as my younger sister rather than anything else, which is really odd because I don’t ever remember feeling that way about a lead character before.

The insta-love between Bryn and Chase was well done in my opinion. I liked how when Chase said that she was ‘his’, she replied “But in a non-freaky, non-ownership, we-both-retain-our-independence kind of way.” Finally! A girl who doesn’t want to be owned! Major respect for Bryn there! I also liked that when Chase made comment later about her being ‘his’ that she reminded him that they had only met twice. Got to give this girl credit for keeping it real!

As for the other characters, the only one that I felt that we really got a good image of was Ali as the foster-mom, who really fought for Bryn like she was her own child. Most of the other characters I didn’t feel like I really had a good grasp of them at all.

I felt that the storyline was good, even though the pace was slow, although I did think that Bryn and Chase were a little naïve to believe that they could tackle this rabid werewolf on their own. I suppose you feel pretty much invincible at 15 though so I can see where they’d get this idea from.
I did like the end. It wasn’t 100% what I was expecting which I liked, don’t want to say too much and spoil it though!
Overall; an interesting werewolf novel, if aimed at a younger teen audience.
7.5 out of 10.


  1. I've been meaning to read some more MG and you've got me interested now, so I'll probably look into this one! =)

  2. I actually really like the concept but I hate slow pace books. And the very YA feel would be hard for me to get into. I am good with YA but anything below that loses my interest. But I am happy you liked it.