Friday, August 17, 2012

Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Title: Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves #3)
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository
In the eye of a storm stands Bryn, the alpha of the Cedar Ridge werewolf pack.

She is young. Female. Human. Physically weaker than any werewolf, she could never survive a battle with another alpha, the strongest, fiercest, and canniest of his pack.

Yet she cannot refuse a summons from the werewolf Senate, a gathering of the most powerful werewolves on the continent. The subject is a rogue werewolf, but Bryn knows the other packs want what she has.

Her territory. Her females. Her pack.

They want her death.

Werewolf law prevents the other alphas from making a direct attack. It also prevents her former alpha, the mysterious and powerful Callum, from coming to her aid.

But it doesn't prevent Bryn from knowing what she wants.

To keep her lands. To protect her pack.

To survive.

I can't even begin to describe how much I love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Raised by Wolves series. It's seriously a great werewolf series. Ever since I finished the second book last summer, I have been dying to read Taken by Storm. After reading it, I can definitely say it didn't disappoint.

As the human alpha to a werewolf pack, Bryn knows she's vulnerable. Especially since the majority of female werewolves belong to her pack, and the other alphas want nothing more than to get their hands on those females. Now with the threat of a rabid wolf on the loose, the safety of Bryn's pack is at stake, especially if the rabid kills again. Because if that happens, the other alphas would be allowed to enter Bryn's territory, putting all her females in danger. But Bryn isn't about to back down, and this time she is determined to show everyone that just because she's human, doesn't mean she's any less of an alpha.

I absolutely love Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Raised by Wolves series and I loved the way Taken by Storm brought everything together. But that didn't happen without tears and heartbreak. Because there were plenty of times while I was reading where I felt my heart breaking or I found myself tearing up. There was so much happening in this tory and I loved every minute of it. I'm always worried when I read the last book in a series because I'm always a little scared it's going to let me down. Taken by Storm wasn't like that at all. Sure, there were plenty of times where I wasn't too happy about the way things were going, but it always worked itself out. But still, even though I was happy with how things turned out, my heart broke on more than one occasion.

Bryn is one of my favorite characters of all time. She is such a strong person. Half of what she went though in Taken by Storm would have brought me to my knees. And for that, I admire her so much. Ali is another character I love. She is, in my opinion, one of the best mother figures in YA so I was a little sad that I didn't get to see her as much in this final book. What little of her I did see, though, I loved. And then, without giving too much away, I was often tearing up whenever Devon or Chase came up. I love both of them, but with everything happening, my heart just kept on breaking over and over again. And for one more than the other. And then it was interesting to finally find out more about the background of other characters. But I'll leave it at that.

Taken by Storm only reaffirmed my love for Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Raised by Wolves series. While I am sad that the series is now over, I am happy with the way it ended. But beware of tears and heartbreak if you pick up this book. But don't worry, it's all for a good reason.

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