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In Raised by Wolves, Jennifer Lynn Barnes uses her real world knowledge of pack behavior as the basis of an action-packed, intense, romantic story.
Real wolves are pack animals: hierarchy and dominance matter. Whereas most of us have no access to untamed pack mammals, Jennifer is an exception. In her Ph.D. work at Yale in medical science and psychiatry, she journeys regularly to Cayo Santiago, an island populated solely by more than 1000 free ranging rhesus macaques to study their behavior.
Like wolves, rhesus monkeys are smart, potentially aggressive animals with a hierarchical structure within their troops. Like wolves, they can be both very beautiful and very dangerous. (Their fangs are the size of your pinkie finger.) On these research trips, Barnes and several other researchers co-exist with at least five troops of monkeys with their own hierarchies and territories. As such, Barnes has been a human living among pack animals who are stronger, who use non-verbal communication, who function on instinct rather than logic. She is, in essence, a young woman who has had to learn some of the same lessons as her protagonist, Bryn.
In Raised by Wolves, Bryn is a young woman who faces challenges every day as a human surrounded by male-dominated werewolves. She was taken under the care of the Pack Alpha, Callum, after her family was killed in front of her when she was a small child. Callum’s affection and over-protectiveness are both invaluable and stifling. Her life is teetering on that line between cherished and smothered, and while she logically understands the rules, her instinct is not to follow. She is a natural leader who is fiercely loyal, passionate, courageous, and willing to test the rules.
And testing the rules is exactly what Bryn must do when she finds out that the pack--her pack, her family--has been holding a prisoner: irresistible newly made teen werewolf, Chase. As Bryn risks everything with and for Chase, she finds her life in danger from those she thought she could trust, strangers from her past, and her own actions.
Despite the intense connection Chase and Bryn have, this isn’t only a romance. Bryn--with the help of Chase, Devon, and Lake (a very awesome female werewolf)--engages in a conflict that challenges Pack order. As is inevitable in such situations, there are consequences, injuries, and loss. The mature sensibility in both the chemistry between characters and the action-driven plot make this book a crossover for adult paranormal readers, especially fans of adult books by Rachel Vincent, Patricia Briggs, and Kelley Armstrong.
Jennifer has taken her experience with pack behavior and added a love of strong heroines (a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and her strong sense of romance. The result is a story that Raised by Wolves is, quite simply, the most compelling YA werewolf book out there.
I have said it before and I will say it again. I love when a girls kick butt in books! And that is just what Bryn does.
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Was really good. Lots of action, thrill, and drama. More for the young adults but still really good. I think I'll read the second one.Published 5 months ago by Tammy
WAS BOUGHT FOR MY GRAND DAUGHTER IN THE MSU HOSPITAL COLUMBIA, SHE CALLED AND TOLD ME IT WAS A VERY GOOD AND INTERESTING BOOK AND SHE LOVED ITPublished 6 months ago by Robert Nemeth R. Nemeth
This book is about a young girl who has lived her whole life as one of the very few humans in a werewolf pack. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Loren Weaver
This is a fantastic series. If you love supernatural and wolves, this is for you. It deals with family, loyalty, friends, love and tough choices.Published 7 months ago by Alli Marvelous
Author should write a follow up book from the new pack formed, plenty of story lines there!
The title had caught my attention, and I was not disappointed. Bryn, a human, was rescued by Callum, alpha of the Stone River pack as a small child, who marked her as part of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pamela
It wasn't something that shot to the top of my favorites list. But it was an easy, quick, and addicting read.Published 11 months ago by Abbey