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Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

If you've ever wondered what it was like for Mercy Thompson as a teen raised by wolves...

Yes, this comes close to answering that question. If you're a fan of Patricia Briggs amazingly addictive Mercy Thompson series, you'll love Jennifer Lynn Barnes "Raised by Wolves." No, the fifteen year old heroine, Bryn, isn't a shape-shifting coyote or a werewolf, ju...
Yes, this comes close to answering that question. If you're a fan of Patricia Briggs amazingly addictive Mercy Thompson series, you'll love Jennifer Lynn Barnes "Raised by Wolves." No, the fifteen year old heroine, Bryn, isn't a shape-shifting coyote or a werewolf, just a human girl adopted by a pack after a Rabid wolf (think of it as a vicious rogue serial killer...with really big teeth and claws!)slaughters her parents in front of her. She is saved, brought into the pack after the Alpha, Callum, "marks" her and, from the age of 4 to 15, settles in to living with werewolves. Of course, she is a normal rebellious teen, and since girls are a rare commodity in Were society, she is protected to the nth degree. So when she finds out a secret has been kept from her about her family's death, she is rightly angered and hurt by what she sees as her Pack's betrayal. She is also drawn to a strange boy the Alpha has been hiding, a rare human turned Were, a survivor like Bryn. They feel an instant bond, and in her pursuit of the truth Bryn draws the ire of the Pack and its brutal form of justice.

The characterizations in this story are vivid. Callum is Bryn's surrogate father, Alpha of the Pack, all-powerful, and maybe even all-seeing. Ali is the human who married into the Pack and adoptive mother of Bryn. Devon is the 6'4" movie show tune singing best male friend who is also a purebred Were with the potential to be an Alpha. Lake is one of the rare and therefore cherished female Weres who lives outside of the Pack, but is also a butt-kicking, gun-toting BFF to die for.

And then there's Chase. Strong enough to survive an attack by a Werewolf and live through the change, his bond with Bryn is instant although it threatens her place in the Pack. But, man, is he worth the trouble!!!

The wolf behavior and Pack heirarchy are fascinating and make this book a great read. The characterization makes it heartfelt. And the tense buildup to the final showdown makes the ending explosive. I can't wait for the sequel which, according to Jen's website, will be out in 2011.

Fans of Patricia Briggs will eat it up.

posted by romancemistress on June 17, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Disappointment

I expected more from this book and didn't quite get it. It was boring at times and repetitive. It could have been better had the bonds between the characters not seemed so weak. Don't get me wrong i like it and it started off good enough but went downhill i skimmed a lo...
I expected more from this book and didn't quite get it. It was boring at times and repetitive. It could have been better had the bonds between the characters not seemed so weak. Don't get me wrong i like it and it started off good enough but went downhill i skimmed a lot of it. And it's ending was not as strong and clear as it could have been.

posted by riveting on December 29, 2010

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