Wednesday, the 24th of March, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

Today my pick is a young adult adventure, set in an alternate history, one in which the Axis powers of Imperial Japan and the Third Reich rule. In this world we have Yael, former prisoner of a death camp, who has one aim, to win the annual motorcycle race conducted by the rulers across their continents and kill Hitler. On Yael’s arms are tattooed five wolves, reminders of the family members she lost. She has the power to skinshift (a result I think of experiments conducted on her). To enter the race, the only option she has is assuming the identity of Adele Wolfe, the only female racer from the previous year. But Adele’s twin brother Felix and former love interest Luka, are also in the race, and their eyes are on Yael. As they competition goes on the question becomes whether she be ruthless enough to avoid discovery and accomplish her mission?

Wolf by Wolf is the first of a duology (the second is Blood for Blood and there are also a couple of novellas). It was first published in 2015.

This was a book I came across on YouTube (on Hailey in Bookland) and what piqued my interest was both the very creative and different plot and setting (I mean where else does one come across–or even imagine for that matter–that version of events), which made me want to pick it up, and also that the reviewer couldn’t recommend it enough. So I ordered a copy online, which I am really looking forward to picking up (sooner than later).

Have you read this one? How did you like it? Have you come across any plots or settings like this one (or at least ones that turned events on their head) and surprised you in a good way? Which ones? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!

Description and cover image as always from Goodreads (here)

Find Lisa’s pick this week, Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson, here


2 thoughts on “Shelf Control #132: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

    1. It does–when I heard about it on YouTube, the description immediately piqued my interest, so different from anything I’ve read or heard of. I’m really looking forward to picking this up. Hope you enjoy it too.


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