TRIAL BY FIRE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted 21 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

YA Paranormal
368 pages
Available now
Review copy provided by publisher

There can only be one alpha. Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were.  With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone. Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves.

Positive: The pack dynamic. I love how Bryn, the human alpha, connects to them all and really knows them. While she doesn’t change with they change, she can still run with them, feels the wolf calling, and the pull of the wild. It’s a visceral experience.

Positive: The characters. Bryn, the main character, is a very smart, very strong girl who’s had to deal with more than any normal 16-year-old but she shoulders the responsibility beautifully. It helps that she has a wonderful support system in the form of her pack and inner circle: her beta, her best friends, and her boyfriend. They’re all well-drawn characters that I grew rather attached to over the course of the novel.
Positive: The storytelling. You must know how much I dislike cliffhangers. This book does NOT have one (hallelujah!). In fact, though this is the second in a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. There’s a complete, well-written story within this novel, one that had me staying up way past my bedtime to finish it and find out how Bryn and her pack overcome the threats against their very survival.

Wish: That I’d read RAISED BY WOLVES! Not that you have to read the first book in the series first with these books but TRIAL BY FIRE was so good, I now know I’m totally missing out by not reading it. *downloads Book One to Kindle* Okay, I’m set now.

Overall: In a glutted paranormal market, TRIAL BY FIRE distinguishes itself as one of the best stories (werewolves rock!) out there. So worth the read!

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