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Wolf by Wolf By Ryan Graudin Review

have owned this book for a long time now and I have been meaning to read it as soon as I bought it but for some reason, other books seemed to come first, which normally doesn’t happen. That doesn’t matter anymore as I found the time to finish the book and here is my review of it.

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The Story

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?

Taken from Goodreads

The whole reason I bought this book is because I wanted to try and get into historical fiction, and while browsing Waterstones I saw that it had a buy one get one half price sticker on the cover so of course, I bought it along with half bad by sally green. I personally didn’t know anything else about this book other than what was on the blurb, I couldn’t check out a rating or anything else because my mobile internet was terrible and wasn’t showing me anything.

After reading this book over the last 3 days, I have discovered something. I really like historical fiction, I can’t remember if I have ever read a whole historical fiction book before and if I have then I can’t remember what the book was called in the slightest. However, I don’t think I will ever have to worry about that with this book because I loved every second and just wanted the story to never stop.

From the first chapter, you are able to tell just how much research went into making this book as good as it is. The author even mentions what he did to be able to write the book and make it as factual as possible, which is something that is missing from a lot of fiction books. This book is basically an alternative universe where instead of the nazi’s losing the second world war they actually win, and it focuses on the people who want the world to be like the way it was before the war. I personally have never been all that interested in the world wars, but after reading this I can’t understand why not it had everything I like in a fiction book. The occasional fact but with a story that you can tell is fiction and powers. Plus the motorbike thing was a great added bonus and in my own opinion, I think helped with the story keeping at a good pace.

Another part of the book I loved was the different timeline, we would be following Yael in real time following her adventure in order to take down Hitler but the next chapter could be us finding out what made her the way she is. I love this in books as it allows the reader to get more involved with the character and find out why they do what they do in particular situations.

For me, this book is written amazingly and if you like reading, in general, I can see you falling in love with this book as much as I did. I have seen a lot of review praising this book and now I am able to see why. Plus if you are a lover of fiction or history or even just the world war then you are seriously going to fall in love with this book.

 

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