Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was one of those books I found on GoodReads that thoroughly intrigued me. I had spoken with someone who had an ARC of it and they told me they couldn’t get into it, so they had put it down and moved on. But that didn’t burst my Bubble of Intrigue. I was determined to love it.
When I finally had an ARC in my possession, I performed a mental happy dance and then went home and set it out to read. By the time I finished it, I didn’t know where I stood with the book. It wasn’t great, but it certainly wasn’t horrible.
Raised by Wolves tells the story of Bryn, who, as a child, watched as a wolf murdered her parents. Saved and taken in by an alpha named Callum and his pack, Bryn has grown up living with a pack of werewolves. As a human living among werewolves, Bryn knows she’s an outsider, but something inside of her tells her she’s still different. Now fifteen, she discovers the pack is hiding a secret, something they desperately don’t want her to know. But when she disobeys Callum, she discovers Chase, a newly turned teenager, locked in a cage. As the clouded memories of her parents’ death struggle to become clear, Bryn knows Chase has the answers she needs and she must decide if finding the answers is worth turning her back on the pack.
The beginning of Raised by Wolves is what frustrates me the most because a lot of the information is repeated. In a sense, this is good because it reinforces the ways of the pack and how Bryn came to be with them, but it’s also annoying because most of the things needed to only be repeated once or twice. Also, the ending seems rushed, but I love how it ended, so I can’t really complain too much.
What I do like about it, however, is that Bryn has a real, authentic voice thanks to Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ writing. I found myself laughing quite a bit because of Bryn’s sarcasm. Bryn is a strong female character who can clearly take care of herself and yet, she does have her sensitive moments, making her character well-rounded. Naturally, I enjoyed Bryn and Chase’s relationship. It isn’t mushy-gushy, but it’s real and more believable than other fictional couples.
Despite the extremely slow beginning, Raised by Wolves is still a good book that I think a lot of people will enjoy. The book is all about making your own decisions and choosing your own path, which, in my opinion, is a great message. So, if you decide to read it, don’t put it down until you’ve finished it. I almost stopped reading it, but I’m glad I didn’t. Now that everything is set up, I can’t wait to read the sequel. I have a feeling it will be a great read. 🙂