Reviewsday: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

“Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled upon her arm. A whole pack of them – made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same…”

wolf by wolfIt’s been years since Yael saw her own face; she no longer remembers what she should look like. Living in Germany, 1956, over ten years after the Nazi’s won the war, her real face would not be safe to show to the world anyway. Using the skinshifting abilities gifted to her through brutal experimentation during her years in a concentration camp as a child, Yael can show the world any face she desires. Her next face will kill Hitler.

Posing as Adele Wolfe, an infamous Victor of the Reich’s Axis Tour who stole her twin brother’s identity to compete, Yael must do the impossible: win a second Axis Tour, get close to the Fuhrer and take his life during the Victor’s Ball, an event televised across Europe. The how of it is easy enough: ride fast enough and viciously enough across the continent to beat the other competitors - names and faces Yael has memorised over and over. But, as she soon finds out, names and faces are nothing compared to the real competitors; competitors the real Adele Wolfe has a past with, competitors that know secrets Yael cannot possibly know. Competitors that may just blow her cover sky-high.

Wolf by Wolf is an intense, action packed read that paints a giant “what if” in glorious, brutal colour. Yael’s tough-as-nails persona is hard won and painfully wrought through memories that will have your heart in your throat and her journey across a continent, weaving through intense interpersonal relationships that mystify and delight, is unforgettable.

“Her story begins on a train.”