Hello everyone, and welcome back to a book review! I haven’t done book reviews in such a long time, so it’s nice to get back to them. Today I’m talking about Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, which is an alternate reality historical fiction novel that asks the question of “what if Hitler won the war?”
I found this book fascinating, and also really underhyped. So if you have the chance, please pick this book up from the library or book shop and read it. This book needs so much more hype and attention.
So, without any further ado, let’s get on with the review!
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless. – Goodreads
This book was absolutely exceptional. Historical fiction is something I rarely read, and after this I’m really considering incorporating more historical fiction to my TBR. I know this wasn’t 100% historical, but I actually think it’s a nice blend of sci-fi and historical. How many times can I write historical until it sounds weird? But I think this book is the perfect starting point for someone who reads a lot of sci-fi/fantasy and wants to get into Historical (aaand there’s the limit).
I love Yael and the way she didn’t betray her whole cause because of a boy. She stayed true to her mission throughout and I thought that was a great thing. I feel like a lot of times a character will have a goal in mind, but because of a love interest’s views, they completely change their mind and run off together to live in the country with 101 kids (or Dalmatians). I also loved Felix and his love for his sister. I was so glad that this book didn’t turn into a “girl pretending to be boy’s sister falls in love with said boy” story, because that would’ve just been kinda gross to read. There is romance in this book, but it really takes a backseat, which I loved, since I was here for action and not romance. Luka’s still a bit of a douche at the moment, but hopefully that’ll change in book two.
Now, I need to talk about the flashbacks. The flashbacks were a work of art. Every time a flashback would happen, I kept thinking “this book needs to be adapted onto TV”, because they were so good. What would be absolutely perfect for this book is if it got turned into a BBC mini-series, because I have a feeling BBC could make the best mini-series. The flashbacks also made me realise that I might want to read more historical fiction in the future.
The actual motorcycle racing portion of this book was so fun to read, and I had a great time. It was action-packed and nail-biting and I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. That, my friends, is the make of a good book. I was really looking forward to them racing through the jungle, and when that portion of the race was cancelled, I felt disappointed, but not so much that I had to knock off anything from the rating.
I did guess the thing at the end, but even though I could see it coming, I still loved it. It was a great ending! If I hadn’t guessed it, I would’ve been blown of my seat. It was awesome.
So, to sum up:
- Full of action
- Only a little romance, which was great
- Can’t wait to read book two
- Go read this book!
So that is my review for Wolf By Wolf! I hope you enjoyed it and please tell me your thoughts on it if you’ve read it, or tell me if you want to read it, I’d love to know! Have a great day and I’ll see you very soon. Bye!