Flashback Monday: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Her story begins on a train.

To Goodreads

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, 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 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 twin’s 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 bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Okay y’all this book is AaaaMAZING!

This is an alt-history novel where in Hitler won the war. I love alt-history stories and it’s interesting seeing people’s take on how the world could have been had things gone way wrong.

This is also a fantasy novel as it follows a young Jewish woman, who was experimented on in a concentration camp as a little girl and as a result can skinshift into another persons appearance.

Yael is a wonderful character, she’s so fleshed out and real. I felt all of her pain, but I loved every moment with her. She has a mission and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen.

This book is set against the backdrop of a great motorcycle race across the continent and the winner gets the chance to meet Hitler.

Yael is tasked with winning the race and destroying Hitler and to do so she’s got to take Adele Wolfe’s, one of the lucky competitors, place.

Reading as Yael navigated Adele’s relationships with others was just intense. I was hanging on the edge of my seat every time she interacted with the other racers, could she pull off being Adele?

There are so many great things about this story, two more being Luka, a fellow racer who has a complicated relationship with Adele and Felix, Adele’s twin brother who will stop at nothing to help his sister win the race.

This book is so good and complex, I love it.

Also one of the best narrated books on audio I have ever listened to! As soon as I finished it I listened to it again, that’s how good it was.

Have you ever read Wolf by Wolf? Tell me what ya think!

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