Sunday, 10 March 2013

Blog Tour & Review - Shadow of the Wolf

Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: 11/28/12

Toby has always felt like an outcast in his village, but he thought winning a game at the Summer Fair was the answer to making friends. The local boys disagreed and literally threw Toby to the wolves. Stranded in enemy territory with a broken leg, he’s offered two options by the resident werewolves; death or permanent exile from his race.
Although Toby longs to return to his family, he chooses to live. But the werewolf children torment him just like the boys and girls back home. When he fights back and discovers he can wield magic, a crime in his old kingdom, he realizes he’s safer with the werewolves than he ever was amongst his own kind. He even finds happiness and acceptance, until his real sister contacts him with her own forbidden magic. 
Fearing for her safety, Toby must decide where his loyalties lie; with the family he grew up with or the werewolves who took him in when his own people discarded him?

Author Bio:
Stephanie Pace is an avid reader of every genre, though fantasy is her favorite.  She started writing at fifteen, and never looked back.  She currently works as a pre-K teacher by day, and a determined self-publisher by night.  When she’s not distracting herself with conlanging and world-building, she loves to do cross stitch or escape to the outdoors when the weather is nice.  She lives in central Virginia with her boyfriend, and the rest of her crazy, amazingly supportive family close by.    

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My Review
I received an e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book, I liked the sound of the blurb and thought I might enjoy it so I took a chance and I am so glad I did. 
Toby is definitely an outcast, his only friend is his sister and everyone in his small town tries to avoid him, he doesn't know what he did to make them all hate him but nothing he does changes their minds. A group of boys plot to get rid of him and he ends up in the woods, over the boundary in Wolf territory, but they let him live and start a life with them.
I really like Wolf stories but haven't found many so was pleased with this one. 
I liked Toby, I could feel his innocence and pain and his longing to be accepted. The book takes him on a great journey and it's awesome to see how much he grows and develops, he grows up a lot and really comes into his own. 
I liked his view on the two worlds and seeing how his opinion and perspective changed throughout. I also like that we got some chapters narrated by his sister Ora back in his old town - it kept the link alive and fresh and gave us the 'other side of teh story view' which I think made the world much more realistic and 3D. Let us see what others were thinking and feeling, not just Toby.
I was worried I would be confused reading this as there is quite a lot of characters - town folk and wolves, they all play a part and I wasn't sure I would be able to keep track but I was, I never got confused, the author sets up each place and character so well it's clear, but she doesn't overdo it either. We get enough information to plunge us comfortably into the world and it's people but never so much that I was bored. In fact i sat engrossed with my ipad desperate for more. 
My read was only interrupted by the battery dying on my ipad - and that's what annoys me with e-books. I just got to a really exciting bit and the thing shut off on me. I was furious, desperate to know what came next. Those couple of hours of charging were torture!
I liked all the quirks that gave the Wolf's there own burst of life and how they had a complete world, rules, life, jobs within the woods - a real community. They retained a 'natural' way of living and I loved how it was all set up.
This book is packed with action, adventure and fun.
I was surprised with just how much I enjoyed it but I will definitely be looking out for more. I hope there is more from this world.
My Rating

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