Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I was excited yet nervous about this book. It sounded absolutely fantastic. Plot sounded so good and I love the time period thing with Hitler and such. But worried I wouldn't love it. Then today I started reading. And I could not stop. Not at all. Ended up loving this book to pieces. It was simply perfection. Thrilled I read it.

There was so much I loved about this book. I don't think I will ever manage to mention it all. But I will try. And try to convince you all to read this precious next month. Because you really must. Because this book was truly amazing. And nothing could have been better about it. But now I'm dying for the sequel.

This book is told from the point of view of eighteen year old Yael. Whom is the strongest girl I have read about. And oh gosh, how I loved reading about her. She is amazing. And broken. And I loved every piece of her. You see, this is a book that tells the story of what would have happened if Hitler had not lost the war. It is set in 1956. And it is such an interesting book. With an evil plot that I loved so much. You see. Yael is a Jew. And she and her mom was sent to a camp when Yael was just six years old. She was then chosen for something, something awful that changed her so much. It was heartbreaking to read the flashbacks. Yet they were the very best. She stayed there for a year. Reading about what she went through.. shudders.

There is so much about this book. Reading about Yael's past. How she lost so many people that she loved. Why she has five wolf tattoos on her arm. Why she is on a mission to kill Hitler. How it is possible that Yael can change her skin to look like anyone, though only the same gender. What was done to her to make her this way. It was pretty heartbreaking. Yet so interesting and exciting to read about. Because Yael is fierce. Yet broken and lonely and sad. And I only want the very best for her. Sniffs. I adored her.

I'm not going to say too much about the plot in this book. There is a motorcycle race. And it takes a long time to race it. There are twenty teens, all trying to win, all most likely willing to fight dirty to be the first one to the finish line. And Yael has signed up for it this year. To get close enough to kill Hitler. But to do so she must become another girl, Adele, who won the race the year before. First she kidnaps her. Which was pretty awesome. Then she becomes her. And race as her. And oh. Such excitement. And fear.

But even though Yael looks like Adele, she is not her. And she thinks like herself. And she worries. And oh, it broke my heart a lot. Yet so beautiful to read about. Because Yael is not the only one in the race. Adele's twin brother, Felix, is there too. And ahh. So exciting. Because Yael does not know everything about Adele. She does not know about their relationship, how they talk together. And it is so stressful and I was so worried. Yet it was perfect. I liked Felix a lot. He was kind and protective. I loved him.

But Adele also had a sort of ex-boyfriend. Luka. Though I wouldn't say they used to be together, considering they only spent time in the last race, and for a few days only. But they have history. History that Yael knows nothing about. And oh my gosh, it was so exciting to read about. I loved it. Luka was such a great character. I mean, he tricked Yael aka Adele a whole bunch, which made me angry. But I didn't blame him either. He did think she had broken his heart. But Yael never did that. Sigh. So good.

There is a tiny hint of a romance in this book. But it isn't much of it. And I'm so worried about the next book. I just need it to be from Yael's point of view again. I'm not done with her. She is not done. I need more. And in this book.. Luka did not know who Yael truly was. But he would know in the sequel. And ahh. I just think this would be an epic romance and I want it very badly. Pretty please. So yes. That might be my biggest wish for book two. Though I want more of this amazing and heartbreaking plot too.

But ack. Now I have already said so much about what happens. Which I was not planning to, lol. But I just couldn't stop writing. I loved this book so much. The plot is sad and not very fun yet it's perfection. I loved every moment. I loved the race. All the characters. Learning about Yael's past. And worrying about her future. It was all so incredible to read about. I just, I need more. I cannot. This book ends with an evil cliffhanger. And I worry that sequel won't be from her point of view. But it must. It must.

Okay. Fine. I'm going to finish talking about this book now. Just know that the time period is perfect. The characters are all amazing to read about and get to know. Yael is fierce and perfectly flawed. I loved her. Wolf By Wolf is the most stunning book. I loved reading every moment. It is heartbreaking, exciting and so interesting. I loved the time period. I loved how brave and strong and broken Yael is. Basically, I loved everything about this book. I cannot wait to read it again. Now, go order it. You will not regret it. Thank you so much to the publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for the Netgalley approval :)

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Update: Newer and better review of the book can be found here.


  1. I just skimmed your review since I've not read this one yet. I honestly haven't really known what it's about and I'm intrigued but intimidated all at once. I'm so pleased to see that you loved it! I'm more curious to read it now!

  2. I skimmed a bit the review, just like Kristen because I have this one in the pile of books to read, but so happy to hear you loved it so much!

  3. This book sounds amazing and I'm so happy you enjoyed it! I'll wait for book 2 to release and then read back to back if there's no triangle. :)
    Lovely review, friend!

  4. Love love love love LOVE this book! So glad you did too! Thank you for tweeting at me about this one, when I finished the book! I hope we get what we were discussing in terms of the romance, in book two. ;) Fabulous review, Carina!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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