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I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Novel)

Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes To see full review click here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2012/06/raised-by-wolves-jennifer-lynn-barnes.htmlI have mixed feelings about this book. There are parts of it that come off very strong. Barnes really does know how to create great paranormal worlds that feel realistic. I think it's because her approach to the paranormal is very scientific which makes sense given her background. The pack, odious as they are, do act like wolves (Note, I don't know much about wolf behavior though other than what I learned from The Dog Whisperer). However, I think maybe taking a more scientific approach with the wolf pact was a little less than desired....Byn is beaten in the book because she doesn't follow pack law. This is a big no-no for me. And I get the concept that alphas discipline when the rest of the pack does not comply thanks to Cesar Millan, but I think having Bryn attacked the way she was, was just wrong.While I understand that books need conflict, I really hated Bryn's reaction to what happened to her. Or for that matter, her not doing anything proactive to prevent it from happening. She knew how the pack would act if she disobeyed, she acted way too impulsive in my opinion. And yes, I know she's a teenager, but teenagers can still think and *gasps* be cautious when need be. What was even worse was the aftermath when she blamed herself for what happened and sort of grew a weird dependence on Chase.Okay, it wasn't that bad of a dependence as far as YA books go, but authors I'm pleading with you I hate the concept of mate, soul mate, imprint mate, bond mate, etc. unless it's done correctly. Meaning the character must have some element of choice. Despite what some people think arranged relationships are not romantic even if there is supernatural/divine intervention.Other than these few complaints, I really enjoyed the book. Despite my problems with Bryn, I'll admit that she's no Mary Sue. She has faults and she's not too strong of a character or for that matter too weak. I also liked her mom, Ali, as well. She sets Bryn straight and is actually a proactive parent-which is something you don't usually see in YA lit.Best Feature: Mystery: There is a rather interesting mystery going on in this novel. Unlike most werewolf books that focus primarily on the romance, this book actually has a plot. So yay you book!Worst Feature: Stockholm Syndrome: As I stated in my review, I wanted to slap Bryn for thinking that it was okay for anyone to mess around with her. Seriously, Bryn. Fight back. Don't be like that girl from that Lifetime movie.Appropriateness: This book is pretty violent. A teenage girl is beaten and it's a sanctioned beating. For that matter, the teenager's mindset towards the abuse is a little demented. There's also some talk about people belonging to other people (i.e. they marked them to become their mates etc.) and that's a little bothersome to me.