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Elena Likes Books

I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

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Cut & Run
Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
John Joseph Adams
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Django Wexler
The Duchess Hunt
Jennifer Haymore

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Novel)

Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes One of my favorite reads of 2010, and also one of my all-time favorite werewolf books (and I am a connoisseur of werewolf books). I loved almost everything about Bryn, and I could tell that the author has nothing but the utmost respect for teenagers' capabilities. The teens in this book use big words, make intelligent decisions, and kick a lot of ass. And--really vague spoiler--I loved the fact that the book didn't end with adults swooping in to take charge again, righting the wrong that had necessitated teens taking charge of their own lives (*gasp* the horror!).While Jennifer Lynn Barnes hasn't added anything particularly new to the werewolf mythos with these books, I'm down with that. This book is all about the characters and their interactions, and from page one I was hooked on the voices of Bryn and her guardian, pack Alpha Callum.Minor quibble, because I'm incapable of writing a 100% positive review: Devon, Bryn's best friend, seemed to be comprised of such a mishmash of character traits (loves musicals! very well groomed! funny accents!) that I couldn't really get a handle on who he was beneath the overwhelming amount of surface his character was provided with. I wish the author had held back a little when she was mapping out his character. The interests of both of the other main teens, love interest Chase and second best friend Lake, were introduced much more subtly and allowed the deeper feelings of friendship and love to show more strongly than they did with Devon, in my opinion.Which isn't to say that I hated Devon. Because some of his bits were hilarious, and I loved the banter that he and Bryn fell into so easily.Despite the fact that this is a YA book, I feel that it would appeal to fans of adult urban fantasy as well as teens and other YA fans. If you like Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson books or Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld, give Raised By Wolves a shot.I am now desperately awaiting the next book in this series. I can't wait to see what's in store for these characters next!