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Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Series #1)

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Series #1)

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by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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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


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 that rivals Buffy, Raised by Wolves will leave you howling for more.

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Publishers Weekly
The paranormal craze has given readers several interpretations of the werewolf myth, but with a gift for thoughtful detail, Barnes (Fate) presents a fresh and fully realized world in which werewolves and humans coexist. Narrator Bryn, 15, has straddled the line between wolf and human for nearly her whole life, marked as a member of the pack at age four when her parents were murdered by a rogue Were--a Rabid. Callum, the pack's alpha, has been Bryn's hero and father figure ever since, but it's becoming clear that he has also been keeping secrets. When Bryn discovers Chase locked in Callum's basement--a human who's been turned Were, not born one like the other wolves she knows--a cascade of revelations follow, upending Bryn's secure world ("Books and movies would have me believing that any little scratch or bite could turn someone into a werewolf, but thousands of years of werewolf history said they were wrong"). Bryn's voice is sarcastic, exasperated, frightened, insightful, and tender by turns, and Barnes rarely lets her take easy outs, making for an exceptionally taut read. Ages 12-up. (June)
Melanie Hundley
Brynn's parents were killed by a rogue werewolf when she was four. She was adopted by Callum, the alpha of a werewolf pack. Her life has been one of rules and strict expectations. At 15, she pushes at the boundaries but doesn't go too far over the line. Brynn goes exploring, even though she was told explicitly not to do so, and finds Chase, a newly-turned teen werewolf locked in a cage. She sees him shift, and it brings back memories of her parents' murder. Brynn and Chase become close and find themselves struggling to find answers to questions. Their search for those answers challenges the very rigid pack hierarchy. Brynn no longer knows who to trust. Where will the search for answers take them? And, what does Chase mean when he says, "I got bit"? Reviewer: Melanie Hundley
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—For 15-year-old Bryn Clare, life has been anything but normal. At the age of four she witnesses her parents' gruesome murder by a rogue werewolf. Taken in and marked by the alpha male, Callum, she and her foster mother, Ali, are the only two humans accepted and protected by them. Even though she enjoys the connection to the pack, Bryn's human need to set herself apart and be independent has labeled her a rebel—something unheard of in the strict hierarchy of werewolf society. Her loyalty to Callum and the pack is put to the test with the discovery of newly turned werewolf named Chase. Bryn can not deny the bond she feels with him and begins to uncover information that sets off a chain reaction of events, changing her life forever. Barnes weaves a fantastic story line full of great plot twists and turns with a little romance sprinkled in. Revealing key pieces of the plot in bits and pieces allows the story to move quickly and effortlessly. Readers will definitely respond to gutsy Bryn, who, in being true to herself, must fight for her place in the world. A great read and a must-have for libraries with fans of the supernatural.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Bryn, 15, lives between worlds. Born human, she lost her parents in a werewolf attack when she was four. The werewolves, or Weres, who rescued her raised her as their own. Though she doesn't change into a wolf as her peers do, she is still subject to the Pack's rules of dominance and submission. Then Bryn discovers an important Pack secret: They're hiding Chase, a boy her age who survived a usually lethal werewolf bite and was turned into a werewolf. Bryn and Chase bond almost instantly, and Bryn is sure that Chase holds the key to identifying the Were who killed her parents. There are some holes in Bryn's narration of her own supernatural, wolfish abilities, which makes it difficult to understand how she relates to the rest of the pack. The pacing is very slow at the beginning, with most of the important action crammed into the last 75 pages. Despite these shortcomings, the mysteries of Bryn's identity should keep readers hooked, and there's plenty to discuss in terms of gender roles and Pack politics. (Paranormal. YA)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Raised by Wolves Series , #1
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5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jennifer Lynn Barnes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate-cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic-book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, and wrote her first novel, Golden, when she was nineteen.

Jen graduated from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science 2006, and spent a year doing autism research at the University of Cambridge.  She is currently continuing her graduate studies at Yale.  Visit her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com.

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Raised by Wolves 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 388 reviews.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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.
Stellarx1587 More than 1 year ago
A Werewolf story with a twist! Excellent story with awesome characters! I loved the heroine, Bryn. She was strong-willed, spunky, witty, sarcastic, with a strong sense of justice and splashes of fault! Just the way I like 'em! The rest of the supporting characters were well-rounded and nicely developed. Each one having their own little quirks and characteristics that made each one of them special in their own right. The story played out in a way that kept me on my toes and dying to know what happens next. Raised by Wolves was one of those stories, that for once, I really couldn't call what was going to happen next. That in itself, made for an extremely exciting read! I am already counting down for the next installment, Trial by Fire! Definitely a new fave within the Werewolf genre!
Burg More than 1 year ago
The side characters won me over in this book. The story was interesting and I enjoyed Bryn's journey of discovering the truth of her past, present and future, not to mention her struggle to find her place among both the wolves and humans, but that's not what had me really liking this book. It was the secondary characters that had my heart and kept me reading. To start there's Callum. The Stone River pack's alpha and Bryn's guardian. Right off I was hooked on him and found myself forgiving him for all his flaws without justification, yep...I had it bad for Callum. He's strong, smart and after getting to know him you find he does nothing without a reason. He rescued Bryn when she was just four years old and has been looking after her ever since. He may not tell her everything but again, he has his reasons and I respect that part of him. I'll admit at one point (you'll know when you read the book) it was hard not to jump on the "Callum isn't a good guy" bandwagon but overall I just couldn't help but love him. Did I mention that he's rocking a hot accent to go with everything else? Wow! Then we've got Dev and Lake, Bryn's two best friends. Dev is an alpha in the making and a good guy to boot! He's been by Bryn's side from the day she came to the pack and he's not going anywhere anytime soon. Lake is one of only a few female werewolves and she's got the spunk to back up her individuality. The girl is a walking weapon and yet she goes almost nowhere without her shotgun, which she affectionately refers to as Matilda. You've got to love a girl who's always prepared. She's fiercely protective of Bryn and is loyal until the end. She doesn't question Bryn's motives (or at least not too much) but sticks with her without a thought to the consequences. These characters were unique and unforgettable for me and I can't wait to see them again. Jennifer Lynn Barnes had a great story to tell and I know there's more where that came from. A lot of dramatic events took place in this first installment of the series and I can only imagine what Barnes has planned for the rest of the series.
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I think that I must have a fixation with books involving wolves. I just love the idea of shape shifting into a wolf. There is just something so sexy about a werewolf.yum! Jennifer Lynn Barnes has delivered a book that has it all: suspense, humor, mystery, action, romance, and hot wolfity goodness! Oh and BTW.how can you not pick this up? The cover alone is phenomenal! Raised by wolves is about Bryn, a fifteen-year-old living amongst a pack of werewolves. Her family was attacked and killed by a Rabid (loner/killer werewolf) when she was four and she was saved by Callum (the alpha of the pack). Having a human around is risky and so Callum "Marked" Bryn to show the rest of the pack that she belonged to him and she was not to be harmed. Bryn was also legally adopted by Callum but raised by the only other human in the pack, Alie. Suddenly Bryn is being given bodyguards (babysitters as far as she is concerned) and no one will tell her why. Alie is pregnant with a werewolf baby and most humans don't survive the birth so Bryn agrees to go with it. But during Alie's labor Bryn can't take it anymore so she sneaks out to head to Callum's. What she finds at Callum's is anything then what she expected. When she heads downstairs she finds Chase locked in a cage. He says he was bitten and then shifts into a wolf (uncontrollably), bring back the memories of her parent's murder. Where did this boy come from? Why was he kept a secret from her? Who bit him? All of these questions seem to draw Bryn to Chase because he may be the only one who can provide the information she needs. But in order to be granted permission to see Chase she must accept a few conditions. Soon Chase and Bryn begin to form an intense bond, one that may even overshadow their bonds to the pack. After Bryn is punished (understatement) Alie takes Bryn and the twins and leaves the pack but not even the distance can truly separate Bryn and Chase. Soon Bryn, Chase, Lake, and Devon (her two best friends - both werewolves) set out to track down the Rabid and kill him once and for all. Trial By Fire (the next book in the series) will be out next year and once you read Raised by Wolves I am very confident that you will be as anxious as me to get your hands on it. I loved this book and I know you will too! http://bringmeanotherbook.blogspot.com
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and in my opinion explored some of the inner relationships we have with our family members, although in a more brutal atmosphere, especially Bryn's relationship with her adoptive father Callum. Despite this though or maybe because of this I would only give this book a 4 out of 5 rating. I really liked the main character bryn and even her best friend Devon (he was my favorite), but I really hated Callum. The way he treated Bryn really bugged me, but other than that it was a great story. Don't take my word for it though give it a try.
BookAddictPatti More than 1 year ago
Raised by Wolves started off by grabbing my interest and holding it for almost the first half of the book. Then it lost me. I liked the premise, a human girl raised by a pack of wolves. I liked the secondary characters - from her Alpha, Callum, to her adopted human mother, Ali, and her best friend, wolf Dev. She's a spunky kid who constantly pushes her boundaries. Callum is hiding a secret, and once she figures out what (who) it is, she's determined to get answers to questions she's been holding inside since she was four. She's immediately drawn to Chase, a bitten wolf. And that's where things start to get out of control. I loved the first half of the book - Bryn was a cute heroine, her pack dynamics were interesting, and I liked her best friend, Dev. Then she meets Chase, and I was still into the story. But then Ms. Barnes hurries the story along, where I was enjoying the characters and scenery and the plot was slowly unfolding, suddenly things rush forward and it felt hurried and disjointed from the beginning of the story. It almost felt like two different people wrote the first and second half of the story - I didn't care for her friend Lake, and Dev, who felt like such a huge part of the beginning of the story, disappeared and then suddenly reappeared in time to fight the villian. The end was nice and I was glad the author let us see into Callum's motivations for his actions, but I would have liked to see more about how the principal characters were adjusting than just a general status report. I'd be curious to revisit these characters in a few years and find out how things turned out.
Alecsuhs More than 1 year ago
This book was rather corny and I can't understand why people love it so much. Not that I disliked the book but I hated the main character. Bryn annoyed me and thought she knew best about everything and prided herself for being an annoyance to the alpha and getting in trouble. And for some reason i found all of the female characters in the book annoying. Ali complained to much, Lake wasn't appealing. Sora on the other hand was the only female in the book I actually liked. Devon, Chase, and Callum were amazing characters but they were males. Maybe because the whole "female dominance" thing wasn't portrayed correctly and just made the females irritating, and I'm a female so it's not being sexist I'm just trying to say the females should have been portrayed wayyyy better. And I eventually got tired of "fight, pack, mine, mine, mine, fight, pack, protect." being repeated over and over again. Although the way Jennifer Lynn Barnes portrayed the wolves and the alphas was just amazing. She had done a good job really showing their animal side and how the instincts work. The book was overall good, but the plot was corny and the main character was a typical heroine. The way she described Callum's power was awesome though. I personally didn't like the ending but I'm glad it ended with Callum talking to Bryn. But throughout the book it talked a lot about Devon's power but it was never displayed. And Chase and Bryn were connected through their minds but didn't show much outside of that they liked each other as much as all the stuff that was going on inside their heads. I guess it was my fault for having higher expectations for the book. But it was ok.
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells a suspenseful story with plenty of action. Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare should have died at age four when a rogue werewolf came to kill her parents. Bronwyn or Bryn for short hid and was saved by Callum, the alpha of the area. Callum is a thousand year old werewolf with the largest pack of werewolves. Callum adopted the human girl and raised her as wolf. Bryn rebelled and fought to block out the pack way of life. Where the werewolves would never disobey...more Jennifer Lynn Barnes tells a suspenseful story with plenty of action. Bronwyn Alessia St. Vincent Clare should have died at age four when a rogue werewolf came to kill her parents. Bronwyn or Bryn for short hid and was saved by Callum, the alpha of the area. Callum is a thousand year old werewolf with the largest pack of werewolves. Callum adopted the human girl and raised her as wolf. Bryn rebelled and fought to block out the pack way of life. Where the werewolves would never disobey Callum Bryn pushed the limits by sneaking out, getting less than straight A's and might have borrowed a motorcycle when the owner wasn't looking. Barnes created a very intricate world with lots of back story. For example werewolves are born and are mostly men. Female werewolves are only born as a set of twins and most werewolves are born to human mothers who rarely survive the birth. Bryn was raised by Ali one of the human wives who is pregnant with twins. Ali is only a few years older than Bryn and has always fought to give her a normal life. When Ali goes into labor Bryn can't watch and she escapes to the forest. She eventually ends up at Callum's house where she discovers a boy caged in the basement. Chase is not only a boy but a new wolf who tells her he was bitten before he turned. Chase shifts when he smells her fear and crashes against the bars of his cage trying to feeding on her. I really like that Bryn isn't a victim but a girl who can kicks a$$. Since Callum claimed her as his when she came into the pack it guaranteed her security, but she also had to learn to fight and survive just in case something went wrong. The story takes so many unexpected twist that I can't begin to describe them. The moments Bryn shares with Callum are so emotionally charged. One moment I wanted to yell at him and others I wanted to love him. I was smitten with Chase from the moment he told Bryn "Before the attack, I liked cars, Yeats, having a bedroom that locked from the inside and you" can we say ahh! The ending was really surprising and unexpected. One of the things I found a little creepy was how newborn wolves can shift from wolf to human. If you thought baby vamps were creepy wait until you meet the shifting wolves. Over all I thought the story was great and I hope that there will be a second book because I can really see this turning into a series.
bookharpy More than 1 year ago
Raised by Wolves is an amazing start to the series. The writing flows so smoothly that I found myself flying through this book. Everything that happens in the book just fit together perfectly. The character building was flawless and expertly executed. It begins with Bryn in trouble with the alpha and her rebellious determination to not let herself be ordered around. I loved reading and watching her mature as a person as she faces betrayals and works to unravel the truth behind her parents' murder. The story is captivating from the start. I understood so well why the characters felt and acted as they did even when certain actions broke my heart. When Ali packs up and takes Bryn to Montana after she is punished for disobeying a direct command, I felt as though I was the one leaving everything I knew behind. I definitely recommend this book. It is an utterly engaging book and great start to the trilogy.
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This book sheads new light on weres as far as loyalty to pack definitly a good book but could use a little more romance and can't wait for trail by fire
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A very good read. It had some very good story plots, and a exciting and exotic climax. The only thing that i didnt like to much was the fact that it was a little confusing at some scenes. And the author needs to tell the reader when they are going back in time. Like when the author was telling how the main charecter came to live with the pack.
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MinnerRae More than 1 year ago
I have to say the author has some interesting takes on the supernatural and some good plot twists that keep you turning the pages. However, this is really a story about growing up and dealing with the real world and the consequences of actions. When I say "a story", I mean all three of the books together because you have to read all three to see the scope and scale of the transitions. The first story creates a world and shows you a young girl who only sees as any teen does, granted with the twist of living with a pack of werewolves, but it's still the heart of a teenager. The second book develops the characters and their interconnections, showing those first steps on your own into the world on your own, while you're still trying to figure things out and not mess up too much. The last book... the last book is that step into adulthood where things just aren't as easy or as simple as they seemed in the beginning. Any it's all made more poignant by the extremes of the extraordinary lives the characters live. I would recommend it for a mature teen and older: no real sexual content (but emotionally intense relationships), some graphic violence (including towards children), mild language.
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KatieUnderwood4224 More than 1 year ago
If this is your first time reading a werewolf book this is, acceptable?, but otherwise it isn't really worth your money. Just go to the store and spend a few moments reading, you'll understand why.
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This book had me ensnared from the moment I picked it up, and the plot is well written and thought out. All the characters are amazing and you can sense a real bond between Bryn and Chase. As much as I don't agree with Callum's plan to keep Bryn out of this it was probably best if she didn't know that humans were getting turned considering what happened to her parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love wolves so this was the PERFECT book for me:) I would definitly read this again, the whole series is amazing