“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”
My decision to read Crazy Rich Asians was pretty spontaneous and if I’m being honest, I didn’t even have any plans of ever picking it up. The main reason for that is I LOVE the movie (I would even go so far to say it’s one of my favorite rom-com films 👀) and was slightly nervous about whether or not the book would be a let down. I mean, as far as the movie goes, it was just such a fun time and full of ridiculous, extravagant characters whom you couldn’t help but love. I’ve watched the movie so many times at this point, and the thought of reading the book hadn’t even really crossed my mind.
BUT, I was scrolling through the Libby app on my phone to look for an audiobook I could listen to while working and Crazy Rich Asians was one of the only ones that really caught my eye. I decided to get it and…here we are! Hope you guys liked that (unnecessary) recount of why and how I read this book 🙃
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# of pages: 388
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host an annual motorbike race across their combined continents. The prize? An audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost when she was a prisoner in a brutal concentration camp. Now part of the resistance, Yael has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. But the only way to enter the race is to impersonate last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. Yael is a master of deception but there are two other competitors it may be impossible to fool – Adele’s brother, Felix, and Luka, a boy she clearly has history with.
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? The future on the world is depending on her . . .
“The world is wrong. I’m just doing my part to fix it.”
I’m usually not a fan of historical fiction, and I could count the number of books from this genre that I actually liked on one hand. However, I had really high hopes for Wolf by Wolf.
The premise sounded so interesting. It follows main character Yael, a former death camp prisoner, in a world in which the Axis powers won World War II. While she was at the death camp, Yael was a human subject and had many chemicals injected in her as an experiment. Now, she has a secret. As a result of that testing, Yael is able to skinshift and change her appearance. Now, Yael is on a mission to kill Hitler. The only way she can do that is by joining a race in which the winner gets to meet him.
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“Don’t make your life about the loss. Make it about the love.”
I’m very happy to say that what will probably be my last read of 2020 ended up becoming a new favorite book of mine. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn was released this year and has received stellar reviews, which is why I just needed to see what all the hype was about. It did not disappoint!
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