Raised by wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
What's it about?
Pack life is about order, but Bryn is about to push all the limits, with hair-raising results. At the age of four, Bryn watched a rabid werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by Callum, the alpha of his pack. Now fifteen, Bryn's been as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule. Little fazes her. But the pack's been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum's orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her parents 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.
I haven't read many werewolf books, vampires are more my forte, but I have to say this is the most in depth one I've read so far. We're thrown straight in but narrator Bryn constantly keeps us informed on how the wolves live, their society, their mannerisms and personalities and how they interact so that I never once felt lost but at the same time I didn't feel an information overload.
They're also the most interesting weres I've come across, so violent feral and a lot closer to their wolf counterparts.
And I also loved the complex character of Bryn, how in a world full of wolves she fights to keep her humanity and independence but still has the protective characteristics of a wolf even though she isn't actually one. She's a natural thinker and leader and I loved watching her grow up throughout the book and her relationship with her adopted mother Ali and her up and down relationship with father figure and alpha Callum.
One complaint I didn't have was that I didn't feel the connection between her and best friend Devon, although he's there when she needs him, no questions asked, the dialogue between them was almost always jokes and impressions and I just couldn't feel the connection that they were best friends, more like they'd just known each other a long time.
Otherwise though I found it to be a very well rounded story that dint leave me with a few questions at the end that I hope will be answered in the next book Trail by fire.
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