Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: Book review

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)
Publisher/Year: November 5th 2015 Orion Children's
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Series: Wolf by Wolf #1
Pages: 400
Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley
(Thanks NetGalley/Orion!)
Rating: 4.5/5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.


Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.
But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it.
Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.
But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael's mission won't be easy. . .

My review

Ever since I read The Walled City, I had been eagerly anticipating another release from Graudin that would spark my interest, and this was it.

Normally I'm not really one for action-packed adventures, but I have to say that I loved it in this. The premise overall impressed me from the start; the concept is so unique and it was executed perfectly. It takes a lot of guts to write about something like this, and Graudin is a rarity in that she does it without being offensive.

As protagonists go, Yael is one of the best. She is not perfect by any means, and I don't think I would be able to do half of the things she does in this book, both due to bravery and morally. And yet, I liked her because of it. She's ballsy, and stubborn, and full of anger, and doing something about it.

I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here in Blood for Blood, especially the possible romance. Because the story was so great, there wasn't this need for a big romance storyline, but it would be nice to see something in the future.

This was one of my favourite reads of last year, and I hope the sequel is just as good.



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