Two Indian Princes bound by a centuries old curse. Trapped in the bodies of tigers and only able to be men for a brief time each day. To lift the curse they must complete several magical tasks but they can't do it alone. They need the help of an ordinary 21st century girl. So begins a compelling tale of adventure, fantasy and romance. This is rich in detail and draws on Hindu mythology. I couldn't put it down.
Clary believes she is an ordinary girl until she witnesses a murder no one else can see, by teenagers invisible to everyone but her. She is drawn into the dark, mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, an organisation dedicated to protecting humans from demon kind, and in particular to Jace. I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and fell instantly in love with it. The characters are some of the most life-like I've ever come across. Jace, in particular is a fascinating character and ranks among my favourite heros. I defy anyone not to be charmed by him, no matter their age. The descriptive detail is just perfect. The story is original and gripping, with just the right amount of humour, sadness, romance and action, and the narration is spot on. This book begins what has quickly become one of my favourite series of all time.
I was caught up in this story pretty much from the start. Told in the first person from the point of view of the heroine, Raised By Wolves is the story of Bryn, a human girl brought up by a werewolf pack. The author brings Bryn's voice across perfectly, and the reader is soon immersed in the dinamic's of pack life and the struggle of one girl to gain independence in a culture where the alpha's word is law. Raised By Wolves is not like the usual paranormal teen romance, which, insidentally, I love. It's a compelling tale of loyalty, friendship, self discovery and betrayal, and above all, a person's struggle to do what is right. Bryn is a strong heroine that any woman of any age can love. The werewolf genre is not perhaps as prolific as the vampire genre, but I believe this is one of the better additions. Bring on the sequel!
The first book is so gripping that I can't imagine not reading this second installment, but, although decent, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the first book. Katniss lacks the cleverness that got her through the first games and the plot contains too much same old same old to make it special.