ARC Book Review: Blood for Blood

ARC Book Review: Blood for Blood

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For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

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*I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers at Book Con. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel will be released on November 1, 2016.*

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Wolf by Wolf yet, do not read this review. There will be spoilers!

Wolf by Wolf pleasantly surprised me with how amazing it was therefore I went into Blood for Blood expecting to be blown away and I was not disappointed. For most of this novel I was on the edge of my seat worried about Yael and Luka, wondering what would happen in this terribly, twisted world Ryan Graudin put together, and questioning how this could all come to an end in just one book. Thankfully I had no reason to worry because Graudin tied up everything perfectly, leaving no loose ends.

Although this book was also written in the third person point of view, just as Wolf by Wolf was, Graudin gave us more insight into Luka and Felix’s lives before and after they get tangled up with Yael. It was really interesting seeing how these two boys, who were lucky enough to be born in the right skin/race, both handled their privilege and how they treated Yael. I especially loved Luka in this book and he’s now been added to my book boyfriends list.

This book was filled with twists and turns and I was honestly taken by surprise multiple times, which I loved. I was on an emotional roller coaster while reading this book and I did cry because Graudin apparently likes to rip her reader’s hearts out. But it’s fine, I’m fine. Maybe. Nope, still crying.

Anyway, if you enjoyed Wolf by Wolf as much as I did you’ll love Blood for Blood even more. I honestly can’t wait until it’s finally released so I can discuss it more deeply with you guys. Until then I’ll stop here and refrain from spoiling anything.

Definitely grab a copy of this novel as soon as it comes out. You won’t regret it!


5 stars

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"Wolf by Wolf" Book Review

Book Review: Wolf by Wolf

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The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The prize? 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’s twin 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 be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and stay true to her mission?

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I was hesitant to read this book because I’m not typically a fan of historical fiction. It’s just not my genre. Although I found the beginning of this book rather slow once it picked up it was amazing and I couldn’t put it down. Wolf by Wolf takes place in an alternate universe where the Axis powers actually won World War II and Hitler has power over most of the world. This is a terrifying idea especially considering current times and that alone made my heart race. The main character, Yael, is Jewish and was in a concentration camp with her mother but was able to escape due to a medical procedure that was done to her in the camp. Yael can now change her skin to look like anyone.

Using this ability she sneaks into a huge motorcycle race called the Axis Tour, and her end goal is to win so she can have the opportunity to kill Hitler and start a revolution. But no pressure or anything.

With everything basically riding on Yael to succeed she is determined to do whatever it takes to win but she also tries not to lose herself in the process. This book was filled with action, a very small bit of romance (just the right amount in my opinion), and a lot of emotions. My heart raced with Yael and I never knew what would happen. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to dive into the sequel.


5 stars

Favorite Line:

“The world is wrong. I’m just doing my part to fix it.”

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