Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! đź’•

The following is from Goodreads:

“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.


I originally picked this book up for the Magical Readathon. It was part of the challenge to read a book about shapeshifting. I didn’t have any books on my TBR, physical or otherwise, that fit the prompt, so I did some digging. And that’s when I found this book. The main character, Yael, can make herself look like anyone else.

But she wasn’t always like that. It happened when she was taken to the concentration camps during the Holocaust. She is a survivor of human experimentation that was preformed by the Angel of Death, or Josef Mengele, who is known for conducting genetic research on human subjects against their will. It was after that research and experimentation when Yael found out that she can skin-shift.

I find it interesting to read about alternate histories, especially when it’s about WWII. As messed up that time was, I think that’s the only part of history that I enjoy learning about. It’s an absolutely horrific time in world history, and I can’t imagine how anyone could be so cruel to other people. And I couldn’t imagine living through it. But I don’t know; any book, I’ve read, or even movie I’ve watched, about that time period I’ve enjoyed. Even if most of them have made me cry at the end.

I really enjoyed this book, even though I wound up listening to it on audiobook. I had originally bought the Kindle version, but decided to listen to it on Audible.

But I liked the main character, and how strong-willed she was. And I could feel her hatred for Hitler during every mile of the race that she competes in, though she does it under someone else’s skin. Which was another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. I was constantly wondering if she was going to get her cover blown since she was impersonating someone else. Especially when she was interacting with the other racers who knew the one she was trying to be.

I enjoyed learning her backstory through flashbacks of when she was being experimented on at the concentration camps. It was interesting to see how she became the person she was in the time when the race was taking place. It made me understand her anger and hatred towards Hitler and the Angel of Death. Not that I wouldn’t have understood that if there wasn’t any backstory, but it made it all the more clear why she needed to complete her mission.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. And I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. Or even if you enjoy reading about badass female protagonists.

So have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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