Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
'Raised By Wolves' is a good book because it was sweet, funny in parts, had an engaging storyline, and hooked you into caring about what happens to the characters.
I like the main character Bryn because she is feisty, rebellious, "scrappy"(her word, not mine), but also vulnerable and down to earth, and she cares deeply about the people closest to her- her foster mother Ali, her baby brother and sister, her best friend Devon. Bryn is a human who was rescued by a pack of werewolves when she was four years old from a rogue lone werewolf (or Rabid), who attacked and killed the rest of her family. She is adopted into the pack, and learns to live by their laws and mannerisms where dominance, pack protectiveness and pack possessiveness rule. Callum is the pack alpha, and although he is good and cares about Bryn's wellbeing, he is forced to behave like the alpha of the pack, and keep her in line- even harshly. I liked the whole cast of characters in this book too, from Bryn's young sarcastic but lovely foster mum Ali, Bryn's protective musical-loving best friend Devon, and her other friend the barefoot free-spirited gun-loving Lake. Together they are snarky, witty and very funny.
The bad guy in this book is the rabid werewolf who attacked Bryn and her family, and then when Bryn is 15 comes back and attacks another boy- Chase, leaving him on Callum's territory, bloody and with a mental bond or allegience to him as his pack alpha. Callum and Bryn work to change this, but it is his affection for Bryn which forges a closer bond of loyalty between Chase and Bryn- rather than a loyalty to Callum as pack alpha. Even when they are separated Chase and Bryn can still communicate telepathically, and can share their memories and ideas. They and their friends plot to go after the rabid wolf who altered the course of their lives, but he has a secret...
Bryn forms a bond with Chase, but it makes them equals and determined to help each other. They both feel very protective of each other, but there isn't a dependent attachment- like with Edward and Bella. The only negative thing is Chase himself. He is very 2D as a character and doesn't really say anything. As the love-interest in this story he is very disappointing, and never really there (except in Bryn's mind). He doesn't much do anything or contribute (except to want to protect Bryn), and we don't find out much at all about him. He and Bryn are just drawn to each other, and their only real connection is being orphans and both victims of the same man.
I did enjoy the book and will read the sequel- 'Trial By Fire' when it comes out later this year.
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