Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

January 26, 2016

Title: Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette)
Genre: YA, Historical
Source: Publisher (NetGalley)
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Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

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 victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, 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. 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 begins to get 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?
Like it often happens when your love for something is great, I am hesitant to write this review, if for nothing else than that I am unsure if I can sufficiently convey what a masterpiece Wolf by Wolf is. Nevertheless, since I do happen to be a book blogger, I shall try.

What would the world be like if Hitler had won the Second World War?

Its an innate human belief that good always triumphs over evil. But what if? Wolf by Wolf is set in a world where the Axis Powers and Japan are the superpowers. Yael is a skin shifter. She's basically a human chameleon. She can change her appearance at will, thanks to several years of undergoing horrifying experiments at a Nazi concentration camp. Soon after she develops this power, Yael escapes the camp and joins the resistance. After some years working for the cause, she decides to join the annual youth motorcycling race that winds across the breadth of the continents, ending in Japan. The victor's ball is one of the few times that paranoid Hitler actually comes out in public, and Yael is charged with assassinating Hitler.

Review: The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

January 4, 2016

Title: The Impostor Queen (Untitled #1
Author: Sarah Fine
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
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Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, the home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between the love she has for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must align with the right side—before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.
The buzz for The Impostor Queen has been huge in the last few months, so naturally, I was ecstatic when I got the chance to review the story! Here are the...


Reading Goals for The Coming Year

January 3, 2016

With a new year of blogging comes a new set of goals. I'm not usually one to participate in reading challenges (except for Goodreads. That's a given), simply because... well, I've never thought about it, but maybe its because I don't like to be confined in any way?

In 2015, I realised that while my reading was high on quantity (170+ books), it wasn't all that great in terms of quality. I'm not proud of this, but I have a sneaky feeling that this was because I focused on books I knew I wouldn't review here on Hitch Theory, and hence gravitated towards not-so-great books. Yes, fail.