Monday 23 May 2016

Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin


Over ten years since the Nazis won the war, 18 yr old Yael has one mission: to kill Hitler - a captivating second novel from Walled City author, Ryan Graudin.Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same.Her story begins on a train.

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. . .

When I first started reading this book I just wasn't convinced. What a strange mixture it was, a girl that's being experimented with, that can change her appearance and look like anyone she wants, all while Hitler is still in Power and to add to this a motorcycle race around the world. I could not wrap my head around it. But after a few chapters I really got into the story and I really started to enjoy it.

We are mainly in the year 1956, Hitler more powerful then ever, Yael a young girl with wolf tattoos, is on a mission to kill Hitler. However he is very much impossible to get close to. Since Yael can shift into anyone she wants, she is about to take the identity of Adele Wolfe, the first female who has won the Axis Tour. Being the winner the previous year, Adele got to dance with Hitler as the result. Yael now has to win the race, dance with Hitler, kill him and start the rebellion. Much easier said then done. The race is long, hard and brutal, also surprisingly emotional. And while Yael thought she learned everything about Adele to pretend to be her, she will soon find out there is still a lot she doesn't know.

In between we get to see why Yael got her wolf tattoos, every story is explaining more of her journey to where she is now and the people her wolfs represent.

This has been incredibly exciting all the way through. Once I got into the story I couldn't put it down. Its a fast paced adventure. Graudin has build a world like no other and told a very unique story. It takes the whole idea of: what if the Nazis won the war, to a new level, with a very new twist. While its very powerful, it still has a lot of heart.

Most of all, I did NOT see the end coming at all. It was a huge surprise and let me tell you it promises an amazing second book.

Unique, unforgettable and utterly unpredictable. Just how I like it.

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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