Friday, October 14, 2011
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bryn is a human living in a werewolf world after the death of her parents and her subsequent adoption by a pack. She can't figure out why the pack alpha is so concerned about keeping her from Chase, a boy who was attacked and turned into a werewolf by a rabid werewolf. When she finally does talk to him, she realizes the pack has been keeping secrets from her and that the werewolf she thought was dead isn't. She also uncovers a strange ability of her own that suddenly pits her against not only the rabid werewolf, but every other alpha in America.
Genre: supernatural, fantasy
This is, simply put, the best werewolf book I've ever read. The title initially enough to throw me off. It's sort of a cutesy, trite title for a book that's as good as this one is. This book manages to weave it's own mythology in a way that doesn't overlap with anything I've read before. Werewolves aren't portrayed as necessarily good or bad, just feral. While Bryn tries to follow the rules of being a werewolf without actually being one. The levels of emotion in the book are something you don't come across in a lot of YA novels, fantasy especially. The book is hard to put down mainly because there are several layers going on. There's a believable love story that isn't really a love story. There's the mystery of the rabid. There's the mystery of what the werewolf Senate is trying to do in dealing with the rabid. There's the mystery of just what powers Callum actually has. And Bryn is written in a believable voice. She's alternately angry and overly curious, but also does follow the rules to a degree.
This book is literally the best werewolf novel I've ever read and I hope the author either continues with the characters or writes more fantasy.