Sunday, May 15, 2022

Review - For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1) by Hannah F. Whitten




Title: For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1)

Author: Hannah F. Whitten

Pages: 480

Publisher: Orbit

Release Date: 1st June 2021


Blurb from Goodreads:

The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose - to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood - and her world - whole.



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My Review:


*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group and NetGalley*



All her life Red has known that she will be sacrificed to the Wolf of the Wilderwood.

As the Second Daughter of the Queen, it is hoped that Red's sacrifice will result in the return of the Five Kings who saved the world from monsters centuries ago, something that didn't happen when the past Second Daughters went to the Wilderwood.

Red loves her sister Neve, the First Daughter and heir to the throne, but part of Red wants to go to the Wilderwood - she has a strange power, one she struggles to control and is worried will hurt Neve.

But when Red goes to the Wilderwood, she discovers that the Wolf is not a monster, but a man struggling to save the Wilderwood and prevent the evil threatening to escape and destroy everything Red knows and loves.

Can Red learn to control her power?

Can she work together with the Wolf to save the Wilderwood?


The blurb for this book really intrigued me, as did the cover, but I ended up with mixed feelings, unfortunately.

Red was an okay protagonist, and I understood why she didn't try to fight against being sent to the Wilderwood. However, I'm left feeling that I didn't really get to know her and I wasn't invested in what became of her.

I liked that Neve, Red's sister, wanted to bring Red back home so much, but I did think she was maybe a little naive.

My favourite characters were Lyra and Fife, who I would like to find out more about.

The setting of the Wilderwood was interesting, as was the concept of it being sentient.

The plot was interesting to begin with, but I did find the pacing to be off, which I think was partly due to the length of the novel - at over 450 pages I felt that this book could have been at least 100 pages shorter.

The writing style was easy to follow.

While I enjoyed the concepts in the book, I did lose interest in what was happening and nothing particularly shocked me.


Overall, this was a mixed read.


Sunday, May 8, 2022




Books I'm planning to read in May:

For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1) by Hannah F. Whitten

You've Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1) by Talia Hibbert

What are you planning to read in May?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

April Wrap-Up



 *Contains spoilers for the March and April FairyLoot adult books, and the April YA books*



In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland - eARC - 2.5/5 stars - read my review here.
A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1) by Marie Brennan - audiobook - 3.5/5 stars.
The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1) by Richard Osman - hardback - 3/5 stars.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia - audiobook - 3.5/5 stars.


 Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold, #1) by Ciannon Smart - FairyLoot hardback - DNF at 50 pages.
Hawkeye, Volume 3: L.A. Woman - paperback - 3/5 stars.


The Origins of Iris by Beth Lewis - eARC - 3.5/5 stars - read my review here.


Physical books:

The Atlas Six was the March FairyLoot adult book and The City of Dusk was the April FairyLoot adult book.

An Arrow to the Moon and Blood Scion were the April YA FairyLoot books, with Blood Scion being the main book and An Arrow to the Moon a bonus paperback.

My friend Kate was unhauling her ARC of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires so I gladly took it off her hands.

NetGalley ARCs:

My thanks to the publisher!



April TBR

Review - In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - This Should Have Seen This Coming by Shani Michelle

Top Ten Tuesday - Books With Nature on the Cover

Review - The Origins of Iris by Beth Lewis



For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1) by Hannah Whitten



What did you read in April?