Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin – A Dueling Book Review

“The world was not just moving. It was alive. And it was ready to fight.” ― Ryan Graudin, Wolf by Wolf


Her story begins on a train.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael 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 racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.



Book: Wolf by Wolf

Author: Ryan Graudin

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.29/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars




Overview.  I have been told to read this book for a very long time now. I finally did it and I regret waiting so long to do so. I love the historical fiction aspect of the book and asking what might have happened if Hitler had won WWII. This book has such an interesting concept and Graudin’s writing style really brings everything together so nicely. The story follows Yael, who was a prisoner at a death camp at the beginning of WWII, after she is subject to cruel medical experiments which leave her with the ability to morph her looks into another person. When she escapes the death camp, she joins up with a resistance movement and infiltrates the annual Axis Tour in order to complete an operative that will eventually end in her getting the opportunity to finally kill Hitler.

Pros. To begin with, I loved the story line. It was nothing like anything I have ever read before. Graudin took a piece of history that I haven’t seen much historical fiction on, especially the what-if scenario that Graudin portrays. I felt so many different feelings for Yael throughout this book and grew to love her story so much.

Speaking of Yael, what a main character she was! Every single one of these characters that Graudin brought to life had such a story. I loved reading about every single one of them and honestly couldn’t get enough of any of them. Yael was such a great character, what she had to go through made her such a strong character and yet she still had so much love in her heart to give.

I loved the mystery of what happened between Luka and Adele from the previous race. I loved trying to figure out the histories with Yael as she was impersonating Adele through the race. It was so interesting to see everything unfold and I never knew where it was going. I think that was my favorite part of the whole book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat in the best way possible.

Cons. I honestly couldn’t and wouldn’t even be able to think of one thing that I didn’t enjoy about this book.

Overall. Graudin has such a way about her writing style that it is really difficult for me to put a finger on what I love so much about it. She really transcends you into the moment in the book and I was so glad that I had the second book to this series Blood for Blood to read immediately after finishing this book. I gave this book a 5/5 stars!

4 thoughts on “Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin – A Dueling Book Review

  1. Ohhh I’ve heard of this book so much and I don’t think I realised that there’s actually a fantasy/sci fi element to it?! I definitely want to read it now! 😀

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