Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf Series #1)

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf Series #1)

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

Her story begins on a train.

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 combined 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?

From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316405089
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Wolf by Wolf Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 99,058
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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. You can visit her online at ryangraudin.com.

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Wolf by Wolf 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
The title of this book completely intrigued me. I really love historical fiction and this book definitely delivered on that! It gives an alternate reality in which Hitler and the Nazis won the second World War and one girl's determination to kill Hitler. Yael used to be in a death camp, but she was experimented on by a German doctor, and gained the ability to take someone else's face. A little bit like Arya from GoT, if you will. She uses this to impersonate a girl who is in a legendary victory race in order to get close to the Furher. I thought Yael was such a strong character and I really enjoyed reading about her past and the history involved in it. I didn't feel an emotional connection to any character but Yael, though, so I was a little disappointed there.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: 4.5 Stars WOLF BY WOLF is a racing road of its own as it surges with adrenaline, skids through memory, and gnashes its teeth on the heels of all who stand in its way to the finish line. Intriguing and captivating from start to finish this book tells a different tale of history, one that will lure you in before you can run. A lot is packed into this book and it’s hard to believe that only three weeks pass through its pages. I wasn’t convinced this would be quite my thing but I stand corrected and ready to read more. I want to know where the road will take Volchitsa next. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2017/02/22/wolf-by-wolf/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alternate history regarrdng
AReadingRedSox More than 1 year ago
WOLF BY WOLF was one of my favorite books I’ve read this summer. It tells the story of Yael, a girl who is struggling to find out who she truly is. Her journey to find herself is made more complicated by the fact that she’s on a mission to win a treacherous motorcycle race and kill Hitler. This book is action-packed and full of twists-and-turns. The flashbacks to Yael’s life in the prison camps are as heartbreaking her current struggle is, and Ryan Graudin really wrote Yael’s story with a deft hand. I’m definitely eagerly awaiting the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only got the sample, but so far I find it an excellent book that is well-written, descriptive, and completely riveting. Alternate History meets X-men, and turns out they go together perfectly.
ashleyann120 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book, I couldn't put it down! This book has the same sort of premise as Hidalgo the movie- a monumentous race across desert, jungle, and cities. It's a cut-throat race, and some of the competitors are willing to do *anything* to win. The book is a cool mix of action, romance, and finding out who you truly are (and what lengths you're willing to go to remain who you are). Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
mollyreads More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for everyone. Even I went into this book with doubt, but it is one of my favorite books now. It is exciting and will keep your attention while still bringing the seriousness that this time period should have (even if it is an alternate version). Graudin did a tremendous amount of research to put this book together, and it definitely shows.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Seeing as this book is categorized under historical fiction, I wasn't expecting too much from it. Me and this genre just don't get along for some reason. I'm not trying to force it on me, but I do feel there are some great books I'm missing out on from not reading this genre. With this book being one of those. If ALL historical fiction was written like that (alternative with a dash of paranormal) I'm pretty sure I'd read every HF book I could get my hands on. The Axis Tour is a motorcycle race ran every year to commemorate a fret victory of the Third Reich. The prize is an elegant ball with the most famous person in their regime: Adolf Hitler. Yael the shapeshifter must find a way to compete.... Because she and the rest of her resistance want to see Hitler dead. Earlier when I mentioned that if all historical fiction was written that way I would read it, I meant because it was had a really cool shape shifter element and it gave it a paranormal feel. I think that may be what I have to do for this genre. Find other elements of stories I DO like and it may end up better for me. I also like the writing style of this one. This is the fist book by Graudin I've ever read, so I pleasantly surprised when I found some of the phrases I've added here. The writing style captivated me and made me feel as if I was the one riding the motorcycle. The only thing I didn't like was the way the plot dragged. It wasn't really as exciting as I thought. I think it would have been a little better if there were tasks for them to complete as they came to each stop. But at the same time, it might have made the book extremely long. I also think it would have been a tad bit better with more world building. With all the places visited, there could've been some epic descriptions, but they just weren't there. Even still, this was the coolest HF book I've read so far. Because of this book I'm on the look out for more historical fiction books with a different sort of element included. I've been told to look at other books by Graudin and j can't wait to get started with them. Even with the tiny things that could stand for improvement this book has opened my eyes to another genre that I can finally see myself reading more of.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I freaking loved Ryan Graudin’s The Walled City. It was a novel that I ate up in almost one sitting. It was exciting, it was romantic, it was thrilling—it was exactly my cup of tea. So when I found out that they’d written another novel, Wolf by Wolf, that was described as ‘Code Name Verity meets Inglorious Basterds’ I knew that I was about to delve into something great. Novels set during the Second World War are ones that I find riveting considering the history surrounding timeline, and with Wolf by Wolf being set in another universe where the Nazis won the war—you could consider my curiosity piqued. Yael witnessed the atrocities of the death camps firsthand. A survivor who has experienced her fair share of losses, Yael is disgusted by the Axis Power of the Third Reich who have successfully taken over the world. Each year a motorcycle race is held in the form of the Axis Tour where young German and Japanese teenagers are given the opportunity to represent their respective countries for the world to see. For Yael, winning means obtaining the means to see the reclusive Adolf Hitler in person. Having been turned into a shapeshifter through experiments done on her in one of the camps during her childhood, Yael takes on the appearance and life of Adele Wolfe, the only female victor of the Axis Tour—and the only person within striking distance of Hitler. Yael’s job is simple. Win the race. Kill Hitler. Free the world. But Adele’s twin brother, Felix, poses another problem. And one of her competitors, Luka, has made it very clear that no amount of studying could prepare her for the truths of just who Adele Wolfe really was and how that alone might compromise her mission. Straight up, I freaking loved this book. The way that Graudin writes is amazingly vivid and accurately depicts the setting. There were no instances where I couldn’t clearly imagine what was happening in the novel as I read. Everything from the German cities, to the deserts, to Imperial Japan—all of it was described with beautiful clarity. The fact that Graudin’s writing can also grip a reader from the very beginning and never let them go certainly helps too. The storyline for Wolf by Wolf is fantastic. The narrative slips between Yael’s experiences during the Axis Tour as Adele Wolf to the experiences that lead her to become the woman she is in the present day. Yael’s character is unique and real. She’s flawed. She’s caught between duty and morality constantly. You can’t help but sympathize with her character as she begins to slowly unravel the mystery behind the aspects of Adele Wolf’s life that she was unaware of, and has to learn how to properly portray that version of Adele for the greater good. Yael’s character is definitely one of my top favorites. The relationships and characters in Wolf by Wolf are all incredible in their own ways. I think this is one of those novels where everybody will be able to find a character who they feel they can relate to the most. I personally loved Yael and the character Luka. Luka is your typical arrogant, attractive jerk, but there’s more to his character as you progress through the novel. If you’re a fan of characters like Jace from The Mortal Instruments or Adrian from Vampire Academy/Bloodlines then you’d definitely enjoy Luka just as much as I did. I would recommend Wolf by Wolf to readers who are looking for a novel that’s freaking awesome. Readers who are fans of action, thrillers, and novels that deal with competition (a la Hu
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read in a long time. I highly recommend for you to read it. People who liked The Man in the High Castle will love this.
Disquietus More than 1 year ago
Note: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book completely took me by surprise. I was on the fence about it at first, because I’d never read anything by the author and I wasn’t sure her writing style would work for me, but after seeing some rave reviews by a few people I trusted, I decided to give it a shot and I’m glad I did. This book is INTENSE. The world is as bleak and brutal as you’d expect from an alternate-history World War 2 story where Hitler wins. The writing is very good. A little heavy on the metaphors but otherwise exactly right for the action-packed plot and still completely engaging. Like I literally could not put this book down. I tore through it in a single sitting, desperate to see how it all played out. The characterization is great. Yael is wonderful. Even though she’s buried in guilt and self-doubt, she is so fierce and loyal and determined and I adored her. The character development of the other racers was also very well done. They never felt like villainous Nazi caricatures, even though it would have been very easy for Graudin to go that route with them. Obviously some of them, like Luka and Felix, are better developed then others, but overall I never felt like the characterization was lacking anything and I found myself feeling real anxiety over Yael’s survival the entire time I was reading. Admittedly, I did not like Luka at all and found Felix tiresome, but still A+ development. The plot was also well done. Everything about the race felt well thought out and believable. The dangers of the route itself, the dirty tactics used by the other racers as they fight to finish, Yael’s desperation to keep to the plan and win. IT WAS JUST ALL SO GOOD. I liked the way that the story jumped between Yael’s past to explain the wolf tattoos and her present during the race, although I did find those parts less interesting than the race. I really the way Graudin never made Yael’s ability feel like some crazy thing. Like it actually seemed like a real thing that could happen (don’t look at me like that I don’t science let me have my delusions) and I loved the way she took control of this horrible thing that was done to her and used it for her own purposes. Also, I can’t talk too much about it because spoilers, but the ending was flawless and I just enjoyed this so, so much. Highly recommend.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin An alternative history book that not only looks at a post German victory, but the detriments to the world in the First Reich world. A world controlled by Adolf Hitler is not a paradise but a wasteland. With all inferior races exported or imprisoned in an imperial system that does not see them as human but subhuman. The Reich uses people for their own benefit not only as labor, but as experimental property. Their first experiment was successful but it will come back to haunt them. Their plans have been waiting for years, they are the resistance to the First Reich, but they have no power influence or men. How they can stand against the Reich who has washed the world in blood, that leaves maps covered in red, the Reich controlled land. She is an orphan, taken from her people, tortured and imprisoned and used for experimentation. But the power they have given her will be their own undoing. It is the race that is her key to open the door. The only problem is she does not have enough information or allies. The book spans a history and an ideology. The author dwells in the pain and anguish of the motivation of the main character. He looks at the cost and price of freedom in a world run wild by fevered devotion to a dying dream. His character finds the cost of the solution to the world’s problems to be her own dreams.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I don’t typically gravitate toward alternate history novels, but I decided to give “Wolf By Wolf” a chance because of the exceptional writing and research shown by Ryan Graudin in “The Walled City”. I am glad that I did. The novel tackles two big “what ifs”: What would happen had Germany and Japan won World War II, and what would happen if some of the Nazi doctors’ more gruesome and occult human experiments had been successful? The research into these topics is obviously thorough and shines through in every historical part written. Add into it a long-distance motorcycle race, and you have a fast-paced plot that makes the book almost impossible to put down. The book could earn five stars based on the heroine, Yael, alone. She is a survivor in the most literal sense, and the way she is written makes us imagine the horrors she has seen in unsettling detail. While she has a mission, she is true to herself and her morals, unwilling to compromise what is right. She is the type of protagonist that can inspire the reader in the own lives, and for that fact alone I hope “Wolf By Wolf” is widely read. “Wolf By Wolf” is a novel which I cannot recommend highly enough for those ages 8th grade and up. In addition to being a fantastic and inspiring read, it is also a good starting point for teaching about the horrors of the Holocaust. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Book One of the Wolf by Wolf series Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 20, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City. 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? What I Liked: 4.5 stars. I. Loved. This. Book. I'm actually pretty surprised that I loved this one. I generally don't do 1900s fiction, and I'll discuss that later. I picked this up because the publisher sent me a copy unsolicited, but I read it because I liked Graudin's All That Glows, All That Burns, and The Walled City. I didn't know much about this book, but I was given the opportunity to read it, and I am so thankful! Also very happy that I gave this book a shot! Yael has been training for much of her life for one purpose: kill Hitler. Her mission is finally ready. She will ride in the Axis Tour as Adele Wolfe, the only female victor to ever win. Yael has the ability to make herself take on the appearances of others, thanks to a terrible childhood in human and genetic experimentation. Yael enters the motorcycle race so that she can win, and at the victor's ball, kill Hitler. But killing Hitler might not be her biggest obstacle, or winning the race - surviving at all might be the trickiest thing. This book is set in the 1950s, and we all know what was going on in the 1930s/1940s/1950s. In this alternative historical novel, Yael is a Jewish girl who was captured with her mother by Aryans, who performed genetic experiments on Yael. The experiments were to lighten skin tone and change eye color, so that it would someday be possible for all humans to look like blond-haired, blue-eyed Aryans. A perfect race, and species. The experimentation on Yael worked - too well. She developed the ability to "skinshift" while the experimentation was happening, but she hid it, and that is how she escaped, as a young child. I'm not really into 1900s-set novels. Maybe it was too recent? Too soon to be writing fiction about it? I don't know. I just can't find myself reading fiction books set in the 1900s. I read Lindsay Smith's Sekret series, and Anne Blankman's Prisoner of Night and Fog series, but I struggled with both series at some point. Still, I wanted to read Wolf by Wolf because it's Graudin! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago