Monday, July 8, 2013

Book Review: Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Taken by Storm Review of the Kindle edition of the exciting third book in a terrific YA urban-fantasy series

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Pages: 320
Source: Library (Digital Copy)
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

I checked out this book from the online, digital portion of my local public library. Once I checked out the book, it was a simple, two-click procedure to download a Kindle edition of this book through Amazon, and I had a full three weeks to read it. This Kindle edition is well-edited, well-formatted, and well-designed.

Human "resilient" Bryn is alpha of a pack containing baby, child and teenage werewolves. They continue to face terrible danger from the evil werewolf packleader, Shay, as well as a new, horrible enemy, a rabid werewolf who is slaughtering innocents and might possibly be the female werewolf who left Bryn's pack at the end of Book 2.

The resolution of this story is exciting and quite surprising on a number of levels. Some may find at least one death very disappointing. I can't say more than that without creating a spoiler. I personally thought that death was inevitable given a story arc with one of the main characters across multiple books that has only one meaningful way to go.

I continue to find Bryn a very strong, positive heroine. I love the kids in her pack, especially Devon, who is a purebred werewolf (a were born of two werewolves, an extremely rare event in this book's cosmology, since only one or two female werewolves are born every hundred years). Dev is a gorgeous, six-foot-four hunk with a quirky sense of humor who also is a huge, powerful, meant-to-be-an-alpha werewolf. He is also, very significantly to this story, the much younger brother of the evil Shay. I also love the female werewolf, Lake, who adores guns, and is the same age as Bryn, both now 16, about a year older than the first book. I find the baby werewolves utterly adorable and quite funny.

This is an exciting, action-packed story, and the relationships are fascinatingly complex. This author just gets better and better.

I rate this book as follows:

 
Heroine: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Fantasy World-Building: 5

Writing: 5

Action-Adventure Plot: 5

Mystery Subplot: 5

Romantic Subplot: 3

Overall: 5

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