Monday, 15 August 2011

Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Young Adult)

January 2011, Quercus
360 pages, paperback
Review copy

Young Adult, Paranormal

Themes: Werewolves, pack mentality, werewolf hierarchy & politics, psychics, dirty tactics, making the right decision no matter the cost, tragedy, some fighting, emotional war, protecting loved ones and victims, learning more about one's own family, mild romance, some humour.

Summary from Quercus
At seventeen, Bryn is has the usual schoolgirl worries: a new boyfriend, a new school and a new home. But she has one major concern that her friends don't have: she is an alpha - a human girl in charge of her own werewolf pack. When Bryn and her closest friends, Dev and Lake, broke from the werewolf Callum's pack, it had all felt right. Together with Chase, Bryn's new love, they had rescued some newly made female werewolves from a despicable master and established their own pack, with Bryn as leader. Yet Bryn has always resented the rules of Pack life - the constant bowing to authority, the submission to the alpha. And she is determined to live differently, to run this pack openly and justly. Then one night, a badly beaten werewolf shows up on her territory. He needs help, sanctuary, care. But taking him in could violate inter-pack rules, and no one knows better than Bryn the costs of challenging those rules. Obedience is law in Pack life, but Bryn is going to break the rules, again.

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Bryn...obstacles are with her at every step, but she becomes stronger because of them and learns it is ok to admit she needs help from time to time. 

Is there another character who deserves a mention? She may be the enemy, but Caroline's skills and character are really cool. I hope I see more of her in the future. 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? This time Bryn faces danger from a sector of life she knows virtually nothing about. The enemy also plays dirty which means Bryn doesn't always see the danger before it's too late. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? Lots of revelations in the story, a lot I didn't see coming. I went Yeah! at the end of chapter 25, and the very end of the book has me wanting to read book three right now. 

One of my favourite parts was....when Bryn let others into her heart and soul. 

This thrilling read gets 10/10 from me. 

Be sure to check out Jennifer's website. 

Suggested read
Raised By Wolves, book one must be read to see how far Bryn has come in Trial By Fire

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