Thursday, October 4

Taken by Storm: Book Review

Taken by Storm

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

May 22nd 2012
Young Adult | Paranormal
Official Blurb -

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.

The characters in this story as so great. Right from the beginning I had no problem remembering the characters and right where the story left off. Having that instant close connection with the characters sure helped make the pages fly by.

Rating this book was a hard decision. In general the book deserves a better rating but I can't find it in myself to give it. I am far too unhappy about how things worked out. No matter the fact that I knew a certain dark event was coming I could not be prepared for the emotional blow. I cried in that moment almost wept the sadness was so great. There was nothing that could assuage that hurt. No matter how many "good" things were put forward after that I just couldn't see past that dark moment. It didn't seem worth it. Rationalize all you want I don't buy it. Call me selfish.

The ending angered and stunned me. From a certain point forward it was no longer live life but do what needs to be done. Bryn was no longer a part of the equation. No more happiness only responsibility. Who would what to live under those conditions. Of course she is upset with Callum. Who wouldn't be?

I didn't like how things worked out for the better with many of the characters. Where did the elephant go between Maddy and Bryn? Why are they in such close proximity? Was Bryn's loss the change in that relationship?

The book is awesome. Truly well written with surprises around every corner. But I understand Bryn's emotions toward Callum at the end. I feel the same way toward Jennifer Lynn Barnes. She knew and could have influenced the events to transpire differently. Yet she let them occur in the best interest of the majority. She broke my heart, killed my reason to read. My desire to strive word by word along with these characters. How can I forgive such a thing? Dare I hope for just one more unbelievable event? Would that be foolish?

Violence: Heavy