Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Published May 22nd 2012
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Don’t forget to check out this post by Ms. Barnes that gives an in depth answer to the ending/feeling of TbS. Read at your own risk- spoilers are in that post!Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She’s prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting – though for what, Bryn doesn’t know. Still human, she must take her place in the werewolf Senate, the precarious democracy that rules the North American packs. Standing side by side with werewolves who were ancient long before she was ever born is enough of a challenge, but Bryn soon learns that the Senate has been called to deal with a problem: the kind of problem that involves human bodies, a Rabid werewolf, and memories that Bryn, Chase, and the rest of their pack would rather forget. With bodies stacking up and political pressure closing in from all sides, Bryn and her pack are going to have to turn to old enemies and even older friends for help – especially when it starts to look like this time, the monster might be one of their own.
Fasten your seat belts, because Taken by Storm is going to throw you for a loop! Yes, that’s my advice, definitely go in prepared for this one.
As you all should know, I’m a huge fan of Jennifer. I devoured the first two books of the Raised by Wolves series like I was starved. Taken by Storm delivers in so many ways that the other books didn’t (for me that is). So, I’m telling you now, if you haven’t read this series, or you’ve been putting it off- stop! Go read it, now. And just know that when you do and you’re on the edge of your seat, remember I’m the one pushed you into reading awesomeness. You can thank me later.
Our Bryn grows up tremendously, she was already well on her way in Trial by Fire, but the weight pressing on her shoulders really turns her into a character you love. I can say, hands down, she’s one of my favourite characters ever. She reminds me a little bit of Katniss at the end and if you read it, you’ll know why. I still think Chase was just there for the say-so, he becomes a place in the plot that was just meant to be Bryn’s stepping stone. I just do not feel the connection there between them. My hunk Callum, though, I feel it everywhere. I’ll have you know my favourite character gets plenty of face time. With a few semi-new characters, Taken by Storm becomes my favourite in the series.
I had complained in the previous reviews that tension would build and then ultimately get resolved in an anticlimactic way. Boy, I feel as though TbS was written just for me. Not only was the conflict built up as high as it could go, but it delivered. Honestly, delivered. I don’t know how I read what I did, but I sat there open mouth reading the last half. Hats off to you, Ms. Jennifer Lynn Barnes. You have impressed me, shocked me, and overall, I love you. Thank you for doing the unthinkable.
The only thing that irked me was the ending. To some, it’ll be ideal. It’s very open ended, but the last scene was something I had been waiting on since the first book. I was disappointed it hadn’t been elaborated on because when I went to touch the screen to change to the next page- it wouldn’t. I thought my Nook was broken!
I’m not getting my hopes up for a fourth book, but Taken by Storm ends the series with a bang that will leave you sighing for days.