- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 30mm | 259g
- Publication date: 16 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 085738029X
- ISBN 13: 9780857380296
- Sales rank: 55,623
Pack life is about order, but Bryn is about to push all the limits, with hair-raising results. At the age of four, Bryn watched a rabid werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by Callum, the alpha of his pack. Now fifteen, Bryn's been as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule. Little fazes her. But the pack's been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum's orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her parents come flooding back. Bryn needs answers, and she needs Chase to get them. Suddenly, all allegiances to the pack no longer matter. It's Bryn and Chase against the werewolf world, whatever the consequences. A thrilling new YA adventure, with an electrifying link between a tough heroine and an exciting boy-were at its heart, Raised by Wolves will leave you howling for more.
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes has been a competitive cheerleader, a volley-ball player, a teen model and a primate cognition researcher. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science and she used her research to build the werewolf world in Raised by Wolves. She is working hard on the next book in the series.
By Sarah Elizabeth 10 Oct 2012
(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 naÃ????Ã????Ã????Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢??Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¯ve 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.
By Perri Harcus 29 Jan 2012
The whole story line and the concept of it, is absolutely brilliant! The characters seemed so real, like I knew them and had met them in real life.
The title doesn't lie; Jennifer Lynn Barnes is quite the talented young woman. She has a brilliant mind and is a terrific writer. I have recently read this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was engrossed in the book from the very first page and I really didn't want to put it down, not even to go to the bathroom.
Now, when I think of tough chicks in Urban Fantasy I can add Bryn to the list. She's not a wolf, but she's been raised by them and has learned to keep them out of her head and not let the pack bond take hold of her. She's a strong girl and she's good at getting out of tough situations. She's a survivor; I wish I personally was like her.
This novel is based on Bryn's life and the struggles she has to go through. It is her side of the story. The character Bryn is very strong and very protective. But I guess she gets that from growing up in a werewolf pack. Jennifer does a very good job at writing how Bryn feels and her passion to make her life her own.
The book is so intense. The whole time I was on edge just waiting for Bryn to get in trouble. I also love the character Devon; he would always make these funny remarks and always knows the right thing to say. He is my favourite character; I just kind of wish Jennifer had put a bit more scenes with him in them.
Something else that I enjoyed about this story was Ali, her foster mother. She loves Bryn so much even though Bryn is not really her own child. She doesn't trust Callum and the pack's way of justice and punishment like Bryn does and she doesn't want Bryn involved in their hierarchy stuff. Ali is a strong character, like Bryn and its good to see a woman get out of a situation that she knows is bad instead of sticking with it.
The book was like going on a journey. Well it's Bryn's journey but it's as you are with her and you're going through what she is going through. For me this book was insightful. Because it shows that no matter how hard life gets and no matter what life throws at you, you just have to keep trying, keep fighting for what you believe in.
I thought the story line was great, the characters where perfect, but I think there was room for a bit more information and details.
Overall, this was a fantastic book and I recommend it to everyone and anyone who has read Jennifer Barnes's other series and YA paranormal in general. Anyone who loves adult Urban Fantasy like Rachel Vincent's Werecat series, will love this one, it will be right up your alley. This book gives a completely new viewpoint on how the Weres live. Plus, there are some neat surprises in store for the reader in this one. I had no clue how this book would end up. But I had the pleasure of being shocked for once!
And in even better news there is a sequel coming out called "Trial by Fire"so don't miss out.
'Quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there' Melissa Marr. 'The book was very intriguing from the very start to the end. The plot line was unique and kept me reading ... I would recommend this book' Review on Guardian.co.uk.