Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Reviewer: E 

It’s that time of year again! Time to cozy up by the fire and curl up with a good book. Yes, that, but for me it’s the time where the summer/fall releases come off the library waiting list and into my hands. Wolf by Wolf is one of those, and it was worth the wait! 

It’s set in the 1950s and is about teenage spy Yael who needs to get closer to Hitler in order to annihilate him. The way to do that is to take the place of motorcycle racer Adele Wolf, win the race, and kill Hitler at the Victors’ Ball. Was that too much for you? Yeah, maybe in the hands of any other writer, but Ms. Graudin executes it perfectly. Lots of stuff going on, yet she makes it intriguing and really engrossing without being chaotic. The historical context and the constant drama of both Yael’s and Adele’s lives made something real and gritty. 

The writing was very interesting and engaging. I enjoyed The Walled City, but I enjoyed Wolf by Wolf even more. Again, it’s rare nowadays to find a YA author that gets better over the course of many books. I was always on the edge of my seat and didn’t hit sluggish spots. The writing style was unique, with glimpses into Yael’s own head. I’m ready for a sequel and any other book Ms. Graudin writes! 

Yael is a bit of an unreliable narrator, which I liked. She’s tough, smart, and skilled. Readers will be rooting for her as she’s up against the most impossible situations, which is crucial in a book like this. You can connect to the cast of supporting characters, but the one thing that really bugged me was Luka. He was so cruel to Yael and she kept crawling right back to him. :/ 

Ok! 5/5. I would recommend this to you if you like historical fiction or action/adventure. 


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