Book: Wolf by Wolf by 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?
I read Wolf by Wolf in a read-along on Twitter hosted by Mariam K. and I’m so glad I did! I first heard about WBW from Victoria Schwab on Twitter, so naturally I was going to check it out.
THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING.
SERIOUSLY GO BUY IT/ADD TO YOUR TBR/CHECK IT OUT AT THE LIBRARY.
Ryan’s characters are so unique, especially Yael, though I feel like I didn’t get to connect with her very well. She spends a majority of the book undercover as Adele Wolff, which made the connecting process between us a little slow, as Yael herself isn’t really sure who she is. But what I really loved were the flashbacks, where we really get to see what Yael’s been through and what’s motivating her to win this deadly race. I really like Yael and can’t wait to connect more with her in the second book, Blood for Blood. I have a feeling readers are going to be able to connect more with her in the second book.
The plot was like a motorcycle ride itself–exhilarating, full of bumps and twists, and overall a driving factor of Wolf by Wolf. *buh dum tsss* Every moment I wasn’t turning a page, the need to keep turning the page was there. As in, this book REALLY TEMPTED ME to read through all of my classes and ignore everything around me.
One thing I wasn’t sure about was Felix and Luca’s interactions. They made a lot of sense in that they were designed to create tension and clue Yael into how difficult her mission was going to be, relationship-wise, but they left me clueless. Other than two male characters with obvious dislike and a shared, messy past, it wasn’t really clear how I should feel about that relationship. But that just might be me.
Overall, Wolf by Wolf was pretty good! For someone who likes historical fiction, this was a really good book to read. I definitely recommend it.
Rating: 4 stars