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Book Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

With such high hopes for Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, I was disappointed in this werewolf-y book.

Book Review: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Title & Author: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Paranormal, Werewolves

Release Date: June 8, 2010

Series: Raised by Wolves #1

Publisher: EdgmontUSA

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn’t mean that she’s averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian’s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents’ murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she’s shaped?”

Good Until It Wasn’t

After reading The Naturals last year, I was determined to read more of Jennifer Lynn Barnes work. I chose the Raised by Wolves series because 1. I haven’t read a werewolf story in awhile and 2. Amazon listed it in my personal recommended reads.

Right off the bat, I was happy. I saw Barnes’ signature style, sassy quips with a strong female lead. On point! She really has a knack for writing teen dialogue that isn’t cheesy or use too much totes trendy lingo #YOLO. That by itself is worth its weight in gold in YA.

I really liked Bryn, the only human part of a super dominant werewolf pack. She sets boundaries with the we-bow-to-the-alpha rules and makes sure she doesn’t let the antiquated “males rule all” attitude affect her. Meaning, she’s a total rule-breaker with attitude. Love it!

But after a certain lone wolf, mysterious hottie shows up in her pack’s territory, things shake up Bryn’s life…and my feelings about the book.

There is some seriously EPIC instalove. I mean, I couldn’t get over how bad it was. It is a little one-sided, but the other party just goes along with it. Like, oh sure, you’re in love with me after 5 seconds, NBD. I just couldn’t. The worst part being, it’s never even explained.

In some instalove situations, you get a reason. Ex: We are reincarnated and were loves in another life, It was foretold we would find each other, etc.

In Raised by Wolves, you get nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Then the male-dominance part sort of got on my nerves. I think it’s all the Women in Literature classes from college kicking in, but I hate seeing women marginalized in books, even if it is fictional and involves werewolves. It’s a personal beef, so please take that for what it’s worth.

Finally, the pace sort of slows toward the end. Granted, it’s building up toward some epic action, but there were more descriptions of feelings and plans that with all my other frustrations, I mentally gave up.

For me, I’m ok with saying “bye” to the Raised by Wolves series.

OVERALL:

If you really love werewolf tales (see what I did there?), paranormal fiction or Jennifer Lynn Barnes, definitely give this book a try. For me, I found the he-man-women-haters aspect of the story irritating and the instalove way over the top. It’s the end of the line for me and Raised by Wolves, but please share your thoughts if you read it or have read it and disagree.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.