Take On Challenges 'Wolf By Wolf'

Friday, January 1, 2016


Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, 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.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has 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 victor, 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 begins to get 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?
City of Wolves
A town of racing and Axis Powers. A dictator rules with an iron fist. The persecution of non-Aryans is at an all time high. Motorcycles cut through the terror and incite supposed peace. Death and the spilling of blood is the catalyst to a rebellion. But will the blood be spilled?
"I just loved Yael. Her backstory was great. It fueled her fire quite nicely. And she struggled internally and externally. She had the struggle of identity. And I felt like that was one of the best parts about reading things in Yael's perspective. She had her five wolves and her past of needles and pain. She was hardened because of what happened to her. But she still was a child. It was fascinating to see the differences between what she was taught to do and what she wanted to do. Her alliances had reasons to exist. She looked at certain things with her brain and others with her heart. But, all in all, she was a complex character. She was well-developed. I was rooting for her even though she killed and hurt. She felt guilt and remorse like a real person. Yael could be someone I know. Minus the skin shifting, of course. She felt so real.
"The plot was just so amazing. Action and motorcycle races. Not that I'm into motorcycles or anything. It was just very exciting. How low will people stoop to to get their win? It resonated with me. My school is tough. People will do anything to get the grades they want. It's cutthroat honestly. That's a milder version of what's happening in the race. Not to mention all the near-death experiences. Plus, the flashbacks were cool. They weren't distracting or anything. They were interesting. We learned about Yael and who molded her into her current person. Not physically, okay...maybe a little physically. But mentally and emotionally.
"Oh my god. That ending. I'm definitely going to read the second book. You can't leave me hanging like it. I wanted to know what's going to happen. What's the rebellion going to do? How is the rebellion going to fare? Not only that, but what happened between Luka and Adele? And what does that mean for Yael? And what will happen to Luka? What will happen to Felix? I have questions I need answers to."

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