Blood For Blood – Ryan Graudin

I was an emotional wreck when I fished this book, and rightly so because it tore out my heart and kept it beating at 100mph as it took me along it’s beautiful and action packed journey; I loved it. I can easily say that this series will be featuring in my top 10 favourites of 2016 because everything about it was just brilliant and I’m just upset that it’s ended.

‘Blood for Blood’ is a continuation of the first book ‘Wolf by Wolf’ and picks up exactly where the last book ended; right in the action. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. Our protagonist Yael is on the run after the world watched her shoot Hitler but the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

Spoilers – I’m sorry it was too hard to write a spoiler-free review

Every aspect of this book was perfect, I don’t know where to start. Characters. I loved the fact that in this book we were given different points of view from Yael, Luka and Felix and I found it really interesting to see Luka’s and Felix’s thoughts as they helped reveal what type of character they really were. Yael was once again the perfect protagonist, she’s strong and brave but also really compassionate as she puts all of her trust into her companions. Felix, on the other hand, broke my heart with his betrayal and had me shouting at his character a few times. Luka. His character development was beautiful and being able to dive further into his head and really understanding him made me like him even more. He is a selfless and good person. I love his humour and his wit, though he uses them like armour. As for the storyline, it was once again action-packed with twists and turns just like the first and never once did I find a dull moment!

I feel like I can’t review this book without discussing the ending. Bloody hell wasn’t it dramatic and heartwrenching. Why did you have to kill Luka? His character development made him such a loveable character and I was ready for him and Yael to have a happy ending together, I shipped them so hard! I wasn’t expecting to cry at this book but you had me balling my eyes out, like serious ugly crying, it wasn’t pretty.

Overall, it’s pretty clear that I’m madly in love with this series and I highly recommend that everyone pick this series up as it’s jam-packed with action, adventure, drama and heartbreak! What more could you want?

Wolf By Wolf – Ryan Graudin

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a honest review. 

I’m so glad that I was able to request and read this book as I had heard great things about and the storyline sounded amazing so my expectations were quite high but I can assure you that this book exceeded them. The storyline was dramatic, intense and a adventure with so many twists and turns I wasn’t expecting; I loved it.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The story follows the journey of a young girl called Yael who escaped from a death camp and has 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 victor, Adele Wolfe.

As soon as I read the synopsis of this book, I feel in love and knew I would have to get my hands on it soon, so when it appeared on Net Galley I got very excited! The idea of Hitler winning the Second World War is such a unique idea which I had never really thought about but interested me immensely. The race element again added something extra to the mix and I thought it was a clever and fun way of showing the extent of the war and how it affected the whole world as well as seeing what could of been Hitlers Empire.

Yael is one the most unique female protagonists I have ever read as she is a perfect balance of all things; she venerable but powerful, smart but doubtful and just a total badass! She is a character that has known true torture, has been willing to be patience, and is now ready to seek revenge. We get to go on the journey from her from start to finish. I found myself looking forward reading about Yael’s youth. Those moments were so heart-wrecking and real. Truly heart-punching.

The ending was brilliant. It was clever and certainly unexpected but as I was reading I kept thinking how the book was going to end and I was hoping that it wasn’t going to be predictable which it wasn’t! So, does this mean we might get a sequel? I hope so! Throughout the book thought there were thousands of plot twists and each one always left me surprised and mind-blown!

Overall, I really really enjoyed this book and it’s easy to say I give 5/5 stars as it was intense, powerful and dramatic and also had a brilliant storyline and equally brilliant characters! I 100% recommend this to everyone!