Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: Blood for Blood (Graudin)

I could not wait to read this book! I loved Wolf By Wolf--it was one of my favorite books last year! This one did not disappoint, but it did lose me a little bit in the middle.


AUTHOR: Ryan Graudin
SERIES: Wolf By Wolf, book 2
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: Nov. 1, 2016
ISBN: 9780316405157
PAGES: 481
SOURCE: Edelweiss
GENRE: alternate history, WWII
SETTING: Europe and Japan, 1956
GIVE IT TO: fans of Wolf By Wolf; HS
SUMMARY: Picks up minutes after the ending of Wolf By Wolf. The resistance to Hitler and the Nazi regime continues to fight back after yet another failed assassination attempt.

REVIEW: Let me start by saying that I will be saying little about this book in order to keep this review spoiler-free for the greatness that is Wolf By Wolf. I raved about WBW last year, and I loved this one as well. There are several surprises and a couple of cool twists that I did not see coming. Yael is still tough as nails, yet tender as she continues to mourn and avenge the lives of her five "wolves." Luka is still 100% awesome. Felix and Adele still drove me crazy.

I love that this is a duology, rather than a trilogy or longer. I am so tired of series and trilogies, and this one wraps up perfectly with just two books. It did lose me a little in the middle for a time--I put it down in favor of another title--but once I picked it up again, I read straight through to the end.

I've seen several reviewers who say they cried at the end. That wasn't me, though I did really enjoy the ending.

THEMES: WWII, family, revenge, rebellion

THE BOTTOM LINE: This duology is a must-read. Well-written and unique with twists you won't see coming. Easily one of my favorites for 2016.

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: On order. Because I loved it and booktalk it often, Wolf By Wolf is a popular checkout in my school.

RATING BREAKDOWN:
  • Overall: 5/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 4/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

CONTENT:
  • Language: mild; some German profanity
  • Sexuality: very mild; there's romance, but it takes a backseat to the resistance. Just some kissing.
  • Violence: high; concentration camps, murders, severed fingers, the Nazi SS are appropriately horrible
  • Drugs/Alcohol: mild; medical morphine, cigarette smoking

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