I just finished Taken By Storm yesterday, which is the last book in the Raised by Wolves trilogy. I felt compelled to write a review because of the way the author Jennifer Lynn Barnes chose to end things and that's why I've only given one star. First, I want to say I really liked these books, in fact I liked them a lot. Very interesting story that kept me engrossed until the end. I loved all the characters, especially Callum, even though his decisions were hard to understand, he's still a fascinating character--A "big picture" kind of guy, as Ally says. Where I am having a problem is that the author ended the trilogy on such a sad note, and also with a cliffhanger that left the reader wanting to know more. Wait, that's the end? What happens next? This is fine if there was going to be a fourth book, but based on how Jennifer Lynn Barnes has responded on her website to the readers asking these questions, she's ambivalent about the subject of a fourth book and not promising anything. Basically, she'll write one if she feels like it. This seems to show something like contempt for her readers. Taken by Storm does not end happily for Bryn and after all she's been through, while I don't necessarily expect a "happily ever after" sunshine and lollipops type scenario at the end of a series, it was disheartening to see a story end on such a downer for this courageous character.
The author has explained her reasons for ending the trilogy in the manner that she did, which basically boils down to that she wrote the books she wanted and if the readers don't like it, too bad, so sad. Well of course, an author can write any flippin thing they want, but as someone who purchases many books I have to ask myself, is this the kind of author whose books I want to read? Do I want to invest my time and money if this is the attitude and the writer is only out to please themselves? The answer for me is, probably not.