I finished reading Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes last night on the plane ride home from Vegas for and Around the World Tour.
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?
It took me quite a while to get into this book. Normally while traveling I read a bunch but I found myself making excuses for not reading this book.
For some reason, it was confusing for me a the beginning. I think that it might have been the way that everything was written--sometimes in broken sentences when the author wanted to show thoughts. And I often got confused by who was doing the thinking.
It did get better about halfway in although there was one part that I really found wrong. **spoiler, highlight to read-- the beating of Bryn just really rubbed me wrong. And that she seemed to justify it was wrong too. It made me think of a beaten wife or girlfriend defending when she was beaten by her husband/boyfriend. **
Anyways, it was an interesting take on the werewolf story.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Raised by Wolves will be released on June 8, 2010.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 68
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 50
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 18
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 49
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.