Wolf by Wolf

wbwby Ryan Graudin
YA Fantasy / Historical Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

This starting popping up on other blogs I follow and I was immediately intrigued! Alternate history is always fascinating, especially with the proper research, so I grabbed this from my library as soon as I could. This is one of those treats where the story reads like a cinematic adventure. Fast-paced yet emotional, beautifully written and doesn’t let you go until the last page. It was torturous reading this so slowly thanks to my work schedule!

Yael’s story takes place in an alternate timeline where Hitler and Emperor Hirohito won World War II. They control Europe and Asia with slow expansion into the rest of the world. Yael spent years in a death camp undergoing horrendous experiments intended to transform her “impure” appearance into that of an Aryan. Her mother and everyone she’s ever known don’t survive their imprisonment, but Yael walks free thanks to the unintended consequence of the experiments: skin-shifting. She can take on any appearance she sees and uses this to escape one night. The secret resistance finds her, and Yael becomes part of a plot to kill Hitler. She’ll impersonate the only female winner of the annual Axis Tour motorcycle race in hopes of getting close to Hitler at the celebratory ball and ending him. Who doesn’t want to follow Yael’s journey?! I already can’t wait for the next book!

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