16 June, 2010

Book Review: Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


I received this advance copy at BEA2010
Picture courtesy of Good Reads

At age four, Bryn Clare watched as her parents were brutally murdered, by a werewolf. She was spared the horrible death. And then she was raised in the werewolf pack of the Alpha that saved her life.

Now fifteen, Bryn has come into her own. She is stubborn, strong, and can defend herself against...well, wolves. She's found her place as a human amongst the animals. Or so she thinks. She does more acting on instinct than thinking things through. And, when Bryn makes an oath to her Alpha, the consequences of disobeying are unthinkable.

When she meets Chase, a wolf who wasn't born, but made, Bryn realizes that her life is about to change. Defying their Alpha, leads Bryn to more pain than she could ever imagine... and a catastrophic discovery. Bryn and Chase will be forced to take on one of the most dangerous wolves anyone has ever faced. But, what may lay on the other side, is a new future for the two.

Right from the beginning, the reader is able to deduce that Bryn has a fairly unique position within the werewolf pack. And, it's not just because she is human, but rather she can only be held to certain rules that govern the pack; because she is pack, but not really pack.

The relationship, or romance between Bryn and Chase does not overtake the novel. In fact, it is really secondary to all of the danger that the two face, once they realize the other werewolves' plan for a dangerous rogue. And then, once they decide to take on the rogue themselves.

What really struck me about RAISED BY WOLVES was the thread of pack throughout the novel. Not just pack, as the group of werewolves, but pack as the thing that holds the wolves together. Pack, as the theme of how the wolves govern themselves. Pack, as the family, the friends. Pack, as the utter meaning behind who and what the werewolves are.

RAISED BY WOLVES is a truly great read. This novel is one of the best written werewolf books that I have ever read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes takes the genre to a whole new level. She raises the bar for any book about werewolves that I will ever read in the future. Period.

5/5 for plot
5/5 for characters
4.5/5 for language

My Rating: 14.5/15 Must Read
Bonus Cover Points:4/5


  1. Hey Im reading this too and really enjoying it--glad you liked it so much, great review!! :-)

  2. I read this book and it is so amazing! I loved Chase!

  3. Love your review, I actually just started writing mine earlier this morning :)

    I agree that it is one of the best werewolf books I've read to date. I'm already excited for the next one!

  4. I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the review!

  5. I was curious on this book. It sounds like a great read and a fellow worker just bought it to take with her on vacation. Glad you enjoyed the book so. Thank you!

  6. I've been waiting for a review of this one! Glad it's so good! Great review!

  7. I've been hearing about RBW, but haven't actually seen a review. Loved yours! I think you just convinced me to read it. :)

  8. I actually kept passing over this book when I saw it on blogs until I started reading some of the reviews and really paid attention to the summary. It really sounds great!! Great review. That's great that its one of the best written werewolf books you have read!! Wow! I will have to pick this one up soon :)


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