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Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn BarnesSynopsis from Inside Cover:

At the age of four, Bryn watched a rogue werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by the mysterious Callum, the alpha of his werewolf pack. Now fifteen, Bryn’s been raised as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule (mostly). Little fazes her.

But the pack’s been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum’s direct orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her mom and dad 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.

An exciting new paranormal adventure, with a heroine who rivals Buffy, Raised by Wolves will leave you howling for more.

Review:

Bryn of the Stone River Pack is the only human marked by a werewolf as Pack (not recognized as a spouse to one of the Weres) but also as the only one claimed as an Alpha’s. Possessiveness is a quality of werewolves. She is known to seek trouble by all members of her pack. In the final months of Ali’s (Bryn’s adopted human mother) pregnancy, she is ordered by Alpha Callum to behave so that the rest of the pregnancy will go smoothly — werewolf pregnancies are notoriously dangerous. Bryn complies with orders until Ali goes into labor and she finds Chase — a bitten werewolf. Revealing this bit of information returned a flood of traumatic memories of a rogue werewolf (a.k.a. Rabid) attacking and killing her first human family. This sets her on the track to find out more information, causing her to go against the Pack. Realizing the Rabid was still alive and seeking her out, she vows that if the Senate (all North American Alphas) won’t kill him she will. Throwing caution to the wind, she sets out with her friends to locate and exterminate her childhood villain.

Raised by Wolves (first in the Raised by Wolves trilogy), by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, is an excellent addition to YA werewolves. I love that it isn’t as focused on the werewolf boys being shirtless and having well-built bodies (they do, but it’s not focused so much on it).

Great world building. It’s well established on the lack of female werewolves in the population and the rule that “women are to be protected.” What I love about the females in this novel is that despite the gender roles, the women are strong and generally do not stick to the home. It’s also interesting about the biological facts on werewolves. A female werewolf is born as a twin to a male because the male masks the female. It is also highly unlikely for werewolves to be made. I also liked the comparison between European and American werewolves, because I haven’t read many books that compares the dynamics of creatures of different countries.

The character development is okay. Chase didn’t change much despite his close mental bond with Bryn. The development mostly came from Bryn and Callum.

The overall theme of this book is independence. The first aspect of independence is the teen’s transition from teenagehood to adulthood. Next is maintaining and developing an identity separate from the group. A second theme is surviving.

I recommend this as a read to add to the werewolf collection. If you’re a person who reads a lot of fanfiction, especially on the subject of werewolves, this is a must read for the fact that the female doesn’t just sit on the sidelines.

Genre: Paranormal YA

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

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