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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

When Bronwyn was 4 years old, she watched a rabid werewolf brutally attack and slaughter her parents. Marked by the Alpha of the werewolf Pack that came to her rescue, Bryn is caught between two worlds. Though she was never turned into a Were, she still must run with the Pack and obey Callum, the Alpha.

Rebellious Bryn breaks into Callum’s home and discovers a teenage werewolf boy named Chase caged up in Callum’s basement. She feels a connection and wants to get closer to him. Then, Bryn disobeys her Alpha’s direct order, which jeopardizes her future safety among her Pack. Bryn’s human adoptive mother Ali relocates them to Wayfarer, where Bryn uncovers a dark secret that her Pack has been covering up for her entire life–one that affects Chase’s Were identity as well.

I loved the premise of Raised by Wolves written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes because it’s about a human girl with extraordinary inner strength. Bryn knows exactly who she is and what she wants, and she is not afraid to go after it–even if she risks bodily harm. She is fierce, loyal, and committed to those she loves. I most appreciated that Barnes didn’t make this into another sickeningly sweet YA paranormal romance; I think one is likely to develop between Bryn and Chase, but it was not the focus of this first in series. The bulk of this book defines the world of werewolves and their hierarchies, and one girl’s efforts to live within their rules while still maintaining her own independence.

As much as I loved Bryn, I was disappointed that some of the other characters weren’t as beautifully defined. Devon, a likely future Alpha, is described as metrosexual and loves show tunes. I’m eager for more scenes with him singing songs from musicals or maybe even trying his hand at acting. Chase was the most disappointing, however. I feel like I barely know him at all; we never really learn anything about him, except that he was bitten and that Bryn has a deep connection with him.

Raised by Wolves hooked me from the very first chapter and stunned me with its impossible conclusion. I truly cannot wait to see what is next for Bryn and her friends in Trial by Fire.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by EgmontUSA. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.