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Raised by Wolves

(Raised by Wolves #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  30,451 ratings  ·  1,635 reviews
Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it.  That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two. 

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her g
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by EgmontUSA
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Kat Kennedy
I actually had a massive struggle to be-star this book in an appropriate manner. I think it's one of the first times I've ever really cursed GoodRead's refusals to allow half stars because whilst this wasn't QUITE a four star read, it was definitely more than a three.

In fact, I really want to give it four stars just on principle.

I might...

But, no, that would compromise my ethics.

And that's like Spiderman deciding to turn into a giant, flying douche evil. It's just WRONG.

Nobody wants to see that.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am going to write this review in the style of this book.
Not Good.
Not Mine.
I read a review of it and someone said it was “evocative”.
Bryn was adopted by the alpha werewolf as a child after her parents were murdered in front of her by a rogue werewolf.
Although she is human, she was taken in to the pack and raised amongst them. Now, she’s fifteen.
A teenager.
Love. Hate.
She thinks that the alpha is keeping something from her and she discovers she is right when sh
Ugh. I really kind of hated this book. I kept asking myself, "WHY am I still reading this? Why do I continue to punish myself with more than 400 pages of this crap?" Then I would remember how the sweet librarian I've become friends with at our library branch recommended the book and had been so sure I'd like it that she put it on hold for me herself. Sigh. I guess I wanted to be able to honestly say that I had finished it. So there's that.

The problem with this book was the sheer ridiculousness
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: Impossibility. These days, it was my strong suit. (c)

Frankly, all the Pack bullshit seems to be way over the top.

Now, isn't Callum a crafty one? Q:“You’re my escort?” (c)

The Marking thing seems to be too angst-inducing… Seriously, werewolves heal like crazy but clawing a puny human?

Q: … once that kid is born, and you’re fine, I’m getting a tattoo, piercing my belly button, and eloping to Mexico with someone you’ve never met. (c) Sounds like a master plan.

Now, that's quite the trauma:
Q: The
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

Did you really give Raised by Wolves a chance?

Yes… after saving it for a rainy day for nearly 10 years, I made it to about the 85% mark before setting it aside.

Have you enjoyed other books in the same genre?

Kind of. I’ve certainly read others in the YA Paranormal genre that I thought were better. For the most part though, I tend to lose patience quickly with this type of story, preferring instead adult urban fantasy. These YA books tend to lack grit and are usually more focused on the
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

DNF at 22%/Chapter 8

As Young Adult Urban Fantasy werewolf books go, this is certainly not the worst you could do. It feels like Barnes put a lot of work into imagining how the werewolf pack would act, much like Briggs did for Mercy and Armstrong did for Women of the Otherworld.

But it's like every other freakin' YA UF book out there. Super Speshul Snowflake who is not worthy of knowing why she must be protected because she has ovaries. Way too much time on stupid, boring crap like w
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Raised by Wolves starts off the story with Bryn, who's parents was murdered by a rabid werewolf when she was only four years old. Callum, the alpha werewolf, rescued, adopted and marked her as his own and gave her to Ali to be raised like a daughter.
Now a fifteen year old Bryn struggles with where she truly belongs, not a wolf, but more then human, not till she meets a new wolf named Chase does she find a link to her past, connecting her to the future....

I've got to say, I'm mighty imp
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Really this book is a debatable 3.5 stars for me. I may or may not lower that to a three later.

Okay, lets get this review started. I have never ever disliked the first half of a book as much as I did Raised by Wolves. And that's saying something if anyone has seen some of my other reviews.

First of all, the writing, prose, and flow is downright atrocious. It was like she was leading a one-woman crusade against all long sentences with any kind of flow to them.

Come. My brothers!. It is. Time
Melissa Marr
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Simply put: this is the best werewolf YA I've read. (I stayed up to finish it in one blur.)

Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Urban Fantasy fans
Recommended to Jesslyn by: I wish I remembered
Time for a re-read. And it STILL gets 5 stars.

This was a fantastic book and the best book that I've read in awhile-one of those that you don't put down until finished and where you've got this excited feeling in the middle of your chest.
Written in the first person by a 15-yr old, it has a maturity that is not common in today's youth, but nevertheless believable.
While I consider it to be a self-contained story, by the end of the book, there are indications that it could be the 1st in a series. I
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Books about wolves are kind of my "thing", I know a lot more about the werewolf genre than I feel comfortable admitting. Like the famous words from Jerry Maguire "you had me at hello" well, thats what these books are to me, but obviously replacing the words hello, with wolves. So, I think its safe to say that I was more than a little bit excited to get my hands on a copy of this book.

Bryn is 15 years old and is quite literally being raised by a pack of wolves. This is as shoddy as it sounds, bec
I purchased this book in September and began reading it the same day. I put it down and it took me four months to pick it back up. I was never really interested in it. The first few chapters contained so many wince-worthy things that it automatically felt like one of those books I would have to just endure in order to finish. It improved marginally about a third of the way in and got much better in the last third, but it felt like a lot of time to invest in something that really only evened out ...more
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Why did I wait so long to read this!?! Someone tell me! I love literature about werewolves... or wolves or any other variation thereof. That being said... this novel isn't told from the perspective of a wolf.. or werewolf, or whatever you want to call them, it's told from the perspective from a girl, a human girl. That was indeed as the title implies... raised by wolves. And I loved that about this book. I think being on the outside as Bryn was, was even more insightful than had it been from the ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I gave up after 10 pages.

Until This day my hate for Ya werewolves stories never decreases. I just hate werewolves. Alot.

This isn't even a review.

This is just about one just significant thing about me.

I goddamm hate werewolf books.

Die! Die!
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok

Have any of you looked at the reviews for this book? Apparently everyone is really REALLY into this book.

Children.... this book.... ugs... this book.... sigh.... this book was hard to get through. Seriously. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to put it down, throw it against the wall, or have a bad feeling that if I rolled my eyes up into my head one more time they would stick up in my skull.

Okey dokey... Where to start?

How about the writing? Well, the main character's name is Bryn a
When Bryn was just four years old her family was attacked by a rabid werewolf, she only survived because of the arrival of Callum and his pack but they weren't in time to save her parents. Despite the fact that Bryn is human Callum adopted her and marked her as a member of the pack for her protection. She has been brought up as one of just a few humans living amongst the werewolves and has never quite felt she belonged. When Bryn finds Chase - a newly turned werewolf - locked in Callum's basemen ...more
Samantha Young
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who picks up Raised by Wolves and is tempted to put it down because of the slow-paced beginning, please keep reading! The novel's heroine fleshes out into a single-minded and determined narrator; Ali, her adoptive mother, an awesome 'mama bear', and the storyline so realistically developed that it is one of the most authentic werewolf novels I have yet to read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes style reminds me of Rachel Vincent and her Shifter series, giving this YA book a harder, more adult edge ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

A few years ago, I remember watching a cartoon show on the Cartoon Network where the animals are in a trance, and over and over, they repeat "pretty, pretty, shiny, shiny" while staring at anything that has major bling to it. At the time, I thought it was pretty funny until I had those four words in my head all day long. It is kind of like when you have a verse from a song in your head and you can't stop singing it.

Fast forward to today,

"Survive", "Kill", "Mine", (I could list about 20 words fro
May 18, 2010 rated it liked it
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I've always loved all of Jenn's books from the very first that I read, The Naturals, but for some reason had been sleeping on this series, but when I saw that my local library had copies of books 1 and 2, I decided to give them a go. Bryn was rescued by the Alpha of her pack, Callum, when her parents were murdered in front of her as a small child. A human, she's well aware of her limitations when it comes to the rest of her pack, but's she not above pushing the boundaries when it suits her. When ...more
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book and I loved it. It was an action packed, thrilling read that I had trouble putting down. And when I did I couldn't stop thinking about it.

It is about Bryn who watched her parents being brutally killed by a rabid werewolf when she was four. She was saved and taken into a pack by a alpha werewolf named Callum who marked as one of his own and raised her with his pack. Now Bryn is 15 and finds the pack has been keeping a secret from her and while exploring meets Chase. Cha
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
There have been some amazing wolf book releases lately, that when I bought Raised By Wolves, I held off on reading it right away. That was a mistake, as soon as I opened to page one, Jennifer Lyn Barnes took ahold of me and thrust me into her amazing Wolf world, and didn't let me go until I finished.

Raised By Wolves is an in-depth book that not only introduced me to the snarky, won't take no for answer, strong willed, main character Bryn, but it captured me and brought into the amazing world of
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: I like
Rating: PG
Thumbs Up: 2.5
Overall: A promise that wasn't well delivered
Characters: Okay
Plot: 15 year old girl somehow saves the day
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Probably
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Callum & Chase

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

I wanted to like this book. I hadn’t read the summary, I went in blind. If you ignore all the glaring plot holes, there is an undertow of potential that keeps you sucked in when you’re reaching for perches to get yourself out. T
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
Sorry, nice try but no...this was just...nope. Not for me. Same problem as with the Shifter series. The main character is a spoiled and selfish brat who endangers herself and the people who care about her by her absolutely stupid actions. The basic idea was good (meaning the secret behind it all etc.) but otherwise I found the story seriously lacking. I couldn't realte to Bryn and I couldn't understand the connection between her and Chase at all. No swooning, no awwing, nothing. Instead I got lo ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
How, hot, cute, mesmerising, sweet, and loving is Callum then. I love this alpha, I loved him the moment his name popped up in this book, and I didnt believe for one second he betrayed Bryn. Chase? Yeah ok I love him too but come on, ITS CALLUM. Alpha, leader, hot callum! I loved this book definitley worth a full rating. Cant wait to read the next one! Dont underestimate this book, I did but wow, itll blow your mind!
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of my favourite writers. She knows how to combine humor, action, romance and the supernatural elements all into one book. Raised by Wolves is no different. It's not a book that I would delve into again but it's good for a summer read. ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This was another book I thought was good. Not great but enjoyable. It had a teen that thought she knew better then all the adults in her life and would disregard pretty much everything they told her not to do. I know real life teens do things against their parents wishes but a lot of what Bryn did was just stupid. Teens would think she was stupid. The storyline was decent and the more I read and got into the story the better it got. Bryn the female MC still did really stupid things like try to b ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of werewolves and twist-y plots.
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Awesome! Don't let the three stars fool you (Really, I'm not sure whether to give it three or four. Maybe 3 1/2? Well, the stars don't matter so much. What matters is the book). This was a really, really good book about instinct, freedom, and what it means to be family (or not to be family). It's really an excellent book. Did it completely blow me out of the water? No. Was it fantastic? Yes.

Plot: Great. Possibly the best part of this book (and I don't say that often. Normally I'd take characters
Believe me: I wanted to take this seriously. I considered my only two reviews I have to be professional because I wasn't cracking jokes, wasn't getting snarky, and tried to incorporate positive/negative qualities about a book in, just to show that the author had some good points, some bad points, of whatever the skew was at. You know, constructive criticism.

This book... wha...

That tag about it having a 'love triangle' is very subtle. In the context of the book, the relationship of Devon/Bryn/Cha
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Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none ...more

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