Raised By Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Title: Raised by Wolves
(Book 1 of series)

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Publisher: Quercus

Category: Young Adult
Release Date: September 2010
Source: Received from UK Book Tours
Paperback: 417 pages

Summary from Amazon:
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. A thrilling new YA adventure, with an electrifying link between a tough heroine and an exciting boy-were at its heart, Raised by Wolves will leave you howling for more.


What a cool book!

Bryn has been raised by a pack of werewolves ever since she was a little girl. She is human and was saved from being killed by a Rabid (werewolf without a pack) by the Alpha of the pack, Callum. The members of the pack didn't accept her too well at the beginning, and she isn't making it easy for them when she starts being older, but they all act very protective of her since there are so few female members of the pack.
She was raised by Ali (human woman who came to live with the pack) and her husband (who is a werewolf), as well as Callum who acts half as a fatherly figure, half as the Alpha of the pack. Her best friend is Devon, a werewolf her age. She is basically unhappy with her life, and whines a lot, but she goes on with it without questioning much. Until one day she meets Chase, and everything changes.

Bryn is amazing! She has quite a temper and doesn't let herself get chewed out by all these over-protective werewolves around her. Her feisty personality is simply hilarious and especially when she is interacting with Callum.
Her best friend, Devon, is a ......... [wait for it] ............ metrosexual werewolf!!! And this is one of the funniest things I have ever read in a werewolf book and I laughed for ten minutes. He is awesome! He wears designer clothes, likes musicals and has the best personality.
Later in the book, you will meet Lake, one of the very rare female werewolves, and I love this character so much, I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series.
This book is very character-driven so they all have a certain depth to their personalities (not only the main characters) which is really interesting to read. Except Chase which you aren't able to learn much about, you get a glimpse of what it is like to live in a werewolf pack.

The whole werewolf myth is not as fully explored as I expected in this book (mostly because it centers on Bryn's struggle) but I suspect it will be in later books. The second one, Trial By Fire, will come out summer 2011.
One of the main themes of the book is about gender and how it affects one's role in society. The werewolves pack are very male-driven and the scarcity of females (werewolves or humans for that matter) make them very protective. As if the women were, somehow, their properties. Bryn fights this all along the novel and it was fascinating to read how male werewolves would not understand what Bryn's deal actually was, unable to put themselves in her shoes. The story of Lake also illustrates this point and I really can't wait to read more about her (which I think you understood by now!).

It is a great read, you can't turn the pages fast enough to know what will happen next, and you will laugh out loud many times at the situations or what the characters say. There is some romance in there as well, so all is not lost for the hopeless romantic in you. 

This book is amazing and I can definitely predict a kick-ass series! I would recommend it to all werewolves and urban fantasy fans, especially if you liked Rachel Vincent's Shifters series don't hesitate to check this book out, you will not regret it! And if you are not a fan of the genre, it is a great book to start!

Thanks to Lynsey and Quercus for organising the book tour!

Happy Roald Dahl Day to you guys!


  1. This sounds like your perfect book! Wolves and exploration of gender themes. I want to read it now. I shall have to buy myself a copy. The characterisation sounds really fresh and fun. Fantabulous review!

  2. This sounds fantastic, thanks for the great review!

  3. This sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to read it.

  4. This one is on its way to me now and I'm so excited for it. Been wanting to read it for months now.

  5. A metrosexual werewolf? I'd read it for that alone!

    This sounds awesome. I love the way your review is full of enthusiasm, and now I'm super glad that I've got a copy of this on the way. Go wolves!