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Blood for Blood
     

Blood for Blood

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by Ryan Graudin
 

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"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."—Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, on Wolf by Wolf


The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin's Wolf by Wolf.

There would be blood.
Blood for blood.

Overview

"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."—Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, on Wolf by Wolf


The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin's Wolf by Wolf.

There would be blood.
Blood for blood.
Blood to pay.
An entire world of it.

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 in the midst of the chaos, Yael's past and future collide when she comes face-to-face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. 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 conclusion to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, December 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 5) - Sherrie Williams
This is the second (and concluding) book of a duology set in an alternate history post-World War II world in which Germany was victorious but resistance is still active throughout Europe. Teen skinshifter Yael is on the run in the aftermath of her assassination attempt on Hitler following the Axis Tour motorcycle race. She is joined as she flees by two unlikely allies, her past competitors, Luka and Felix. Yael uses her skinshifting abilities, gained in concentration camp experiments, to aid in their escape. As the trio make their way towards the resistance headquarters, each with their own agenda, the situation becomes more dangerous as the German government seeks to destroy Yael and the resistance. The conclusion of this duology is darker than the series starter, which had moments of lightness and near-romance. The alternative history aspect of the story is gripping and intricately plotted, offering the reader insight into several fronts of World War II. The characters are written with a depth that conveys their often fluttering allegiances and, at times, crushing pain in a realistic manner. Readers of the first book will adore this title with its bittersweet conclusion; however, those starting with this story should read the first installment first. This haunting, historical what-if fantasy balances the atrocities of this alternate world with touches of innocent romance. It is recommended for libraries that have purchased the first title, and the purchase of both books in the duology is strongly recommended for those that have not. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
09/01/2016
Gr 7 Up—This sequel to Wolf by Wolf continues the tale of Yael—a shape-shifting assassin in an alternative 1950s Europe and Asia in which the Nazis won World War II. Posing as Adele Wolfe, Yael has completed the Axis Tour motorcycle race and shot the Führer on the dance floor at the Victor's Ball. It is then that she discovers that her victim is a doppelgänger like herself rather than the real Adolf Hitler. In a dramatic escape from the SS, she rescues her fellow racers Luka Löwe and Felix Wolfe, Adele's brother. The three flee across the globe, trying to return to Germania as the world descends into a bloody revolution. Along the way, they encounter Soviet guerrillas, Resistance fighters, and ghosts from their pasts. Graudin has crafted a fast-paced historical fantasy that movingly transports readers into a world of hard choices, great injustice, and daring acts of love. The romantic elements are touching and wholesome and provide a welcome counterbalance to the fight scenes and military details. The story's conclusion, while not a completely happy ending, is all the more satisfying for its notes of sorrow. VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, alternate history, or works of espionage and intrigue.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX
Kirkus Review
Sept. 2, 2016
Graudin returns to her what-if-Hitler-won alternate 1956, concluding the story begun in Wolf by Wolf (2015). After Yael’s failed assassination of Hitler (actually a skinshifter wearing his guise), the resistance seems doomed. Fortunately, opponent Luka follows when she flees; less fortunately, Felix, twin brother of the woman Yael has been impersonating, saw Yael’s tattoos (which do not change when she shifts appearance, although everything else, including mass, does) and conveys that clue to the SS-Standartenführer. All three are imprisoned, Felix as a double agent, then escape and fall in with the Soviets. The road trip back to Germania to again attack Hitler makes up the heart of the story, culminating in a showdown and war compressed into a few pages. As in the first book, Graudin’s unconventional syntactical choices (“the wolf-fierce…of her iron voice”; "blitzkrieg" as a verb) and frequently overworked metaphors (“Gossamer feelings…as sticky, fragile, complex, and beautiful as a spider’s web silvered in morning dew”) combine with a tendency to tell rather than show emotions, resulting in a strangely flat affect. Most problematic is the treatment of religion: Yael’s rediscovery of her Judaism is symbolized by eating challah, and the pivotal romance between a Jewish camp survivor and a Nazi poster boy will disturb some readers, no matter how conflicted and ignorant Luka may have been. Strictly for fans. (Historical fiction/fantasy. 12-16)
From the Publisher
* "Graudin's writing is beautiful, her story exciting and consuming all at once, and this sequel to Wolf by Wolf (2015) is not to be missed."—Booklist, starred review

* "Gripping and intricately plotted...this haunting, historical what-if fantasy balances the atrocities of this alternate world with touches of innocent romance."—VOYA, starred review"

Graudin has crafted a fast-paced historical fantasy that movingly transports readers into a world of hard choices, great injustice, and daring acts of love."—School Library Journal

Praise for Wolf by Wolf:
"Wild and gorgeous, vivid and consuming. I loved it! I can't wait for the sequel."—Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy"

Ryan Graudin opens one of the darkest chapters in history and spins a what if into an incredible tale of survival, identity, and purpose. This is the kind of book you can't put down, and the kind that follows you long after you have. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece."—Victoria Schwab, author of The Archived, Vicious, and A Darker Shade of Magic

*"Graudin (The Walled City) crafts another fast-paced, enthralling tale of sacrifice and dogged determination as she fuses alternate history and spy-thriller suspense. A provocative rumination on self-preservation, the greater good, and the boundaries that keep heroes from becoming as cruel as those they fight."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316405157
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
11/01/2016
Series:
Wolf by Wolf Series
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
23,747
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, SC with a severe case of wanderlust. When she's not traveling, she's busy photographing weddings, writing, and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog. She is the author of The Walled City, Wolf by Wolf, and Blood for Blood.

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Blood for Blood 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KarenfromDothan 7 months ago
Action packed and suspenseful, Ryan Graudin’s latest novel, Blood for Blood, starts with a bang and never lets up. It’s set following WW II in a mid-1950’s alternate reality where the Axis powers prevailed and Hitler and Germania rule a good portion of the world. This is the story of Yael and how she and her fellow Resistance fighters take on the Third Reich. Filled with emotion, running all the way from horror and betrayal to love and loss, Yael literally wears hers on her arm in the form of tattoos. It’s a real nail-biter as the characters go from one life threatening situation to the next. It makes you think about the choices one makes and the consequences of those choices. This is the sequel to, Wolf by Wolf, but it easily stands on its own. In fact after reading this one, you’ll probably want to go back and read the first book.
Alyssa75 7 months ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin Book Two of the Wolf by Wolf series Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: November 1, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC obtained via trade Summary (from Goodreads): There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it. 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. What I Liked: ***Potential spoilers for Wolf by Wolf (but not Blood for Blood)!*** I had a feeling that this one would be wonderful, but I also had a feeling that it would hurt. And I was right on both counts. Blood for Blood is a stunning follow-up to Wolf by Wolf, being just as intense and engaging as its predecessor. I know I'll be thinking about this series for a long time. Blood for Blood begins exactly where Wolf by Wolf left off. Yael is running for her life, and Luka, who stepped out of the ballroom, follows her. He sees her change faces, and confronts her. She agrees to let him come with her. They are captured again... and again... but they find their way to an old friend of Yael's. Now Yael must try to do what she did at the end of Wolf by Wolf again - once and for all. Luka must make a decision on his loyalties. Felix must decide what is most important to him. No matter the choices, blood will be spilled - blood for blood. A potential problem that I ran into was not recalling details from Wolf by Wolf. I very clearly remembered the ending, but certain names escaped. But Graudin does a really great job of bringing readers back into this alternate historical world, into the story of Yael and Luka and Felix and Hitler. In fact, there is a different element to this book - there are "before" passages, featuring a snippet of Luka, Yael, and Felix's life. Each snippet is at the same time (i.e. what Luka was doing on Christmas Day, and Yael, and Felix). These "blasts from the past" were very informative, and made me understand each character (but especially Luka more). And they helped me recall details from book one. These "before" passages only occurred three or four times in the book, so not too many, but not too few. As with the first book, Graudin's writing is excellent. The world-building is very well-written too. You can imagine how difficult it must have been, to craft an alternate historical world, based on enough truths to make it historical, but enough fictitious elements to make it alternate. This book is told from Yael's POV, as well as Felix's and Luka's, each in third person. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)