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The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. As the only Second Daughter born The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. 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. The author has provided a list of content warnings here.


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The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. As the only Second Daughter born The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood. 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. The author has provided a list of content warnings here.

30 review for For the Wolf

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    ↠ 4.5 stars The first daughter is for the throne. The second is for the wolf. All her life Redarys has known that as the kingdom’s second daughter her sole purpose is to be sacrificed to the Wilderwood and the Wolf keeping its gods captive. Though her sister Neve rages against her fate, Red has accepted it, plagued by an unknown power and determined to never hurt those close to her again. As the only second daughter born in centuries, Red has all the more reason to go, but when the day arrives an ↠ 4.5 stars The first daughter is for the throne. The second is for the wolf. All her life Redarys has known that as the kingdom’s second daughter her sole purpose is to be sacrificed to the Wilderwood and the Wolf keeping its gods captive. Though her sister Neve rages against her fate, Red has accepted it, plagued by an unknown power and determined to never hurt those close to her again. As the only second daughter born in centuries, Red has all the more reason to go, but when the day arrives and she feels the woods pulling her forward, she finds that the legends she’s been told are not entirely true. For one, the protection offered by the Wilderwoods is weakening, and the Wolf is just a man as much of a captive as she is. Red is exactly what the woods have been waiting for, and her power is the key to set them free. That is if Red can learn to control it before the forest weakens and the gods overtake it and destroy her world for good. Well, there's nothing quite like one of your most anticipated reads of the summer being just as good as you had hoped. Boy have I been loving this trend of cursed forests, crumbling estates, and wolves, and this dark fantasy debut blended those perfectly. For the Wolf is a novel shrouded in political turmoil and rooted in folklore, an extraordinary story that had me feeling caught right from the start and did not relent until right at the very end. Don’t even get me started on the slow-burn romance, it’s all-consuming and underlying tension had me aching for more, while at the same time begging for respite. Brooding monster boyfriends really are the move what else can I say. Eammon is everything to me. Besides the romance, the exploration of sisterhood and sacrifice was by far the most compelling part of the novel. I loved the complicated familial relationships and dynamics examined on par with everything else that was going on — Specifically, the points of view for Red and the interludes for her sister Neve, which contrasted nicely against the plot development. Neve’s perspective was easily the most interesting to me as it provided a nice break from Red’s point of view and was beyond entertaining. Not that it at all prepared me for the third act, which hit me like a truck coming out of nowhere. All that's left to do now is wait for the second and final book in the series: For the Throne, coming out next July. I'll just be over here screaming about this book in the meantime. In her haunting fantasy debut inspired by Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast, Hannah Whitten has carved out her place in adult fantasy, with rich prose and detailed imagery that makes no apologies. Comparing this to Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale is certainly appropriate, and there is no doubt that readers who enjoyed both will be desperate to sink their teeth into this amazing story. Honestly, after reading this I want nothing other than to disappear into a cursed forest and explore ruined castles for hours. Applications are open for those interested in joining me. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review Trigger warnings: death, violence, gore, blood, anxiety/panic attacks, self-harm

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    I've been waiting (im)patiently for this to get published AND IT FINALLY IS REJOICE GOTHIC AND MONSTER BOYFRIENDS AND WEIRD WOODSY STANS also it's adult fantasy not YA literally begging some of you to realise not every fantasy written by a woman is YA I've been waiting (im)patiently for this to get published AND IT FINALLY IS REJOICE GOTHIC AND MONSTER BOYFRIENDS AND WEIRD WOODSY STANS also it's adult fantasy not YA literally begging some of you to realise not every fantasy written by a woman is YA

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    The Wolf smells like a library. I repeat, Eammon smells like a library. This is a hard book to rate. I'm not at all attached to For the Wolf, but at the same time, I loved the creepiness of the Wilderwood, the way some of the characters slowly went mad, and the atmosphere of Eammon's house. For the Wolf follows Red, the Second Daughter, who is sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wilderwood. The people of Valleyda are hoping that in return, the Wolf will release the Kings. The problem? The Wolf is just The Wolf smells like a library. I repeat, Eammon smells like a library. This is a hard book to rate. I'm not at all attached to For the Wolf, but at the same time, I loved the creepiness of the Wilderwood, the way some of the characters slowly went mad, and the atmosphere of Eammon's house. For the Wolf follows Red, the Second Daughter, who is sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wilderwood. The people of Valleyda are hoping that in return, the Wolf will release the Kings. The problem? The Wolf is just a man, and there's more going on in the wood than anyone suspects. Eammon, the Wolf, made this book a lot better. He's so selfless and caring. He knows what needs to be done, and he will sacrifice himself to protect others. He's haunted by the past, but he isn't an annoying brooding "I have a tragic past which excuses all my actions in the present." He is aware of Red and makes sure she's safe. "You know what happens to heroes, Wolf-pup?" The thing reared back, no longer trying at human shapes, just a lick of darkness studded in bones and twigs. "They die." I loved the themes of the dangers of religion and obsession. Neve's descent into madness was so interesting to watch. The way the people of Valleyda were brainwashed by religion was frightening. Both of these arcs were so interesting. I didn't like the random visions characters had that conveniently told them when someone was in trouble. There wasn't really a good explanation. Also, Valleyda wasn't developed. I wanted to see more of the village and the culture. However, this may have been good for the book. The mystery around Valleyda was intriguing. I'm not taking off any stars because of the lack of any worldbuilding because I'm not entirely sure whether worldbuilding would have helped the book or not. Overall, this book didn't have the spark I was looking for, but it's a solid story about two sisters separated by a forest that's alive. 3.5 stars Red was a warped puzzle piece, her changes nearly too subtle to see, but enough to keep her from fitting back into the place she'd left. Disclaimer: Please don't read this book if you're sensitive to scenes where the characters cut themselves. They access magic through their blood, and this may be triggering for some readers. credit

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p.90 I actually hated this a lot. It's written in the same generic sort of style that a lot of YA is, so if you like the usual line-up of edgy-lite authors-- Renee Ahdieh, Sarah J. Maas, Emily A. Duncan-- you'll enjoy this. I loved the premise and was envisioning something like BONE HOUSES or SABRIEL but this was not that, and if you're expecting that, too, you'll be disappointed like I was. I'm going to donate my copy to a teacher Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest DNF @ p.90 I actually hated this a lot. It's written in the same generic sort of style that a lot of YA is, so if you like the usual line-up of edgy-lite authors-- Renee Ahdieh, Sarah J. Maas, Emily A. Duncan-- you'll enjoy this. I loved the premise and was envisioning something like BONE HOUSES or SABRIEL but this was not that, and if you're expecting that, too, you'll be disappointed like I was. I'm going to donate my copy to a teacher friend for her high school students, who I think will enjoy this more than I did. Thanks to Brigid for reading this with me. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! 1 star

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    My review may contain a mild spoiler. Red’s fate has been known since before she was born. The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood. After all, Red (Redarys) is the second daughter, and her older sister (Neve) is the queen. Red is prepared to fulfill her destiny and wishes to be away from those she loves because of the dangerous dark magic within her, which continues to change. However, losing Red isn’t something Neve is willin My review may contain a mild spoiler. Red’s fate has been known since before she was born. The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood. After all, Red (Redarys) is the second daughter, and her older sister (Neve) is the queen. Red is prepared to fulfill her destiny and wishes to be away from those she loves because of the dangerous dark magic within her, which continues to change. However, losing Red isn’t something Neve is willing to accept. Once Red is sent into the forest, she realizes she’s been misinformed about many things throughout her life, including the wolf she’s destined to be given to. Red’s power is needed more than anything to save the Wilderwood. Time is of the essence, and she must try to find a way to control her powers before everything is destroyed. With great hope, Red will be the one to free the Five Kings once and for all. What I liked: The premise had me captivated. The writing is descriptive and beautiful throughout, making this story extremely atmospheric. I loved the imagery in the story and the way the author wrote in elements from multiple fairy tales, not just from “Little Red Riding Hood” but also “Beauty and the Beast” and "Snow White." It makes this retelling refreshingly unique. I always appreciate strong family themes, and that was a big part of this story with how these sisters love one another unconditionally. When siblings are willing to do whatever they need to protect one another, it always grabs me. The book has other favorite themes of love and sacrifice as well. There was also the perfect amount of romance with a super-slow build between Red and Eammon. Waiting for that development was almost hard to deal with at times. The ending was written well without a cliffhanger and leaves you anticipating the second book. The main character, Red, was my absolute favorite. She has all the qualities I love--bravery, determination, strength, and she’s a caring individual who wants to do what’s right. She’s willing to sacrifice herself for the good of others. Her family is important to her, and she holds those that she loves close. Like Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," Red loves to read. Her introduction to the magnificent library was one of my favorite parts of the book. Neve (Red’s sister) also had her own perspective in the story, which was interesting, even though it wasn't as frequent. What I didn't like: Sometimes the writing was too detailed, and the story felt like it was dragging along. This is strictly a personal issue for me only when I'm not in the mood for a slower-paced story. Some extras didn’t seem necessary though, and it made me think that maybe this story could've been condensed. I had issues connecting with some of the characters too. With that said, there wasn’t anything I hated about this book. Overall, this was an enjoyable read. I’m excited to read the second book. If you like dark fantasy and retellings, definitely give this one a try. 4-stars You can also see this review @www.readrantrockandroll.com I'd like to thank NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for sharing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    karen

    All of them loved like burning, no thought for the ashes. this is me, being thrown to the wolves. we know wolves are tricksy creatures—those big baddies huffing and puffing and salivating in your granny's jammies, tucked in her bed and ready to wolf you down. we know what to expect from wolves, and so we avoid them. but even tricksier are the wolves in the sheep's clothing of deceptive cover design; the marketing campaigns who cry wolf dark fantasy, making you think you're gonna get a tooth-barin All of them loved like burning, no thought for the ashes. this is me, being thrown to the wolves. we know wolves are tricksy creatures—those big baddies huffing and puffing and salivating in your granny's jammies, tucked in her bed and ready to wolf you down. we know what to expect from wolves, and so we avoid them. but even tricksier are the wolves in the sheep's clothing of deceptive cover design; the marketing campaigns who cry wolf dark fantasy, making you think you're gonna get a tooth-baring rework of little riding hood only to reveal it’s really beauty and the botanical-beast under that red cloak, all the better to deceive you with, my dears. let's make one thing perfectly clear—this is not dark fantasy. this is romantic fantasy. and i do not like romantic fantasy. this review will reflect my displeasure, but if YOU like romantic fantasy, you'll enjoy this book more than my review. redarys (red for short) and her twin sister neverah (neve) have grown up knowing what fate has in store for them: neve, the firstborn, will eventually ascend to the throne, while red, as the second daughter, is destined ‘for the wolf,’ which means when she turns twenty and a special mark appears on her arm, she will be brought to the wilderwoods as an offering to the mysterious wolf, in the hopes that he will be so pleased with this sacrifice that he will release the five kings, who have been imprisoned within the wilderwood since olden times. it's all very shrouded in mystery, since it's been hundreds of years since a second daughter has existed to be sacrificed, and no one ever came back from the woods, daughters or kings or etc, but traditions are traditions and must be upheld. from the synopsis, we know that nothing is as advertised: 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. and that’s all true, but what the synopsis doesn’t tell you is that the reason red doesn’t know how to use her magic is because the wolf, the man—eammon, as it happens—is not particularly forthcoming about explaining her role in any of this—the nature of her responsibilities or her purpose now that she's essentially trapped in the woods with him. since she can't go back home, red drifts aimlessly through her days, occasionally assisting eammon in his efforts to maintain the balance of the wilderwoods, but in a limited capacity due to all the withheld information. there are other people living on this side of the woods, all equally perplexed by his decision to keep her from fulfilling her duty, and with nothing to do, the story gets dull and repetitive and obscure because eammon’s not giving her any guidance or agency, so it’s no wonder, really, that she spends most of her time just staring at his eyes and his throat and his hands, describing his features and mannerisms over and over, to the extent that while we don't understand the magic of the world or the importance of the kings, boy do we know how eammon's hair curls and how he smells. spoiler alert: he smells like a library. which, here, doesn't mean that he smells like the BO and dust of an actual library, but that he smells like paper. paper and coffee and the cinnamon smell of leaves, whatever that means. meanwhile, we have neve's storyline back home, in which she is ALSO told “things are not how you thoooooought,” but given a THIRD explanation slash half-articulated course of action by a different cadre of agenda-concealing parties, whose actions are seesawing the balance away from whatever eammon's doing from inside the wilderwoods. and it’s all too much. too much to keep straight, not knowing what’s true and what’s manipulation and what's the math on how many half-truths equal one reasonable explanation? red's side of the story is boring. for at least two-thirds of the book she has no idea what she's doing; she'll stumble into something and it'll seem like a reasonable time for an explanation to be forthcoming, but then it will retreat back into meaningful looks and innuendo and careful not-telling and there's only so much snorting and sighing and amber eyes ringed with green a reader can take before wanting something a little more...substantive. it has everything i don't like about romance—it's swollen with blasons repetitively inventorying every part of the love interest's physical self, and so much of it is exaggerated and cartoony, like everyone's afflicted with tardive dyskinesia: eyes are always widening, hands are always spasming, breathing is always ragged or hitching, voices are always hoarse, smiles are always quirked, brows are always arched, fingers are always crooking, backs are always arching, throats are always working—it's a goofy parade of twitching tics like nicolas cage at a wall street coke party in the 80s, and it's all so contrived and uninspired it bums me out. actually, forget mr. cage—toss a pacifier and some adidas in the mix and this reads exactly like a couple leaving a rave at 6 am coming down offa their ecstasy high: Still, Eammon paused next to her, a muscle feathering in his jaw, a swallow working down his throat. Pain carved lines beside his mouth and made his shoulders stiff—the roots knotted around his spine tightening, pulling him back toward the gloom of his forest. It might let him go, on its northern border, but it wouldn't let him forget where he belonged. Her lip worked between her teeth. it's hard for me to accept as a romantic figure some guy who won't give a girl a straight answer. "I don't know if you're trying to protect me, or if you just don't want to bother telling me anything." Her hands curled and released, loose fists that held nothing. "But I can only help you as much as you let me, Eammon." that is on page TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FIVE. we are 165 pages from the end of the book and our heroine is still in the dark. every time we're close to getting an explanation of How This Works, it's buried in unnecessary, unearned sexual tension: "In order to keep the Shadowlands from leaking through—in order to keep the wall strong—we have to put the sentinels back where they're supposed to be. When we heal them, they return to their place." "So how do we heal them?" "Directing magic to drive back the rot." "Through touch, I assume." She didn't know why it came out so low, so hoarse. Eammon's shoulders went rigid, his own answer graveled. "Yes." okay, but what about them sentinels, though? so, sometimes they're healed by magic and sometimes by blood? can you speak more about these shadowlands and shadow-rot and kings and why you're all full of plants inside? we get that you're hot for each other and resisting it, but can we get a little more clarity about anything else? it's confusing and also unhygienic—the magic of keeping the evil at bay involves eammon and red cutting themselves; slicing their hands and grinding their lacerations in the dirt because magic, but what about the magic of infection? so much time is spent rhapsodizing over eammon's scarred hands and how their rough texture feels against red's softgirl skin, but maybe if you care about someone, you sacrifice your scar-fetish and offer them some antiseptic ointment or cream for their filthy bleeding wounds? the romance is just...dumb. childish. "I dug through the storerooms and found an old pair you can have. I left them by the fireplace." He glanced over his shoulder, brow quirked, then faced the tower again. "They won't fit, but that didn't stop you with my shirt." "It was too cold to be naked." He didn't turn, but his hand spasmed by his side, and he made a choked noise. Behind him, Red grinned. it's hard to comprehend how this centuries-old being is completely undone by some cheesy flirtatious sass, yet he's always blushing and flushing and stammering, color flaring across his cheekbones &yadda. i mean, the whole thing is basically a virginity metaphor—red is filled with this powerful dangerous magic (passion) that she doesn't understand, that she suppresses every time it tries to come out of her, lest it consume her and blah blah restraint until this man (eventually) shows her how to use it but oh no consequences and cannot-be's and yearning and blah. and i could have overlooked a lot of this if the rest of the story was scary or dark or...lucid. it's really confusing; there are too many variables to this structure, too many conflicting mythologies underlying the wildwood, and it gets muddled as fuck. that's another thing. there's fantasy-realm-specific swearwords, where characters cuss by saying, "kings" or "shadows," but they also say "fuck" and "shit," and sometimes combine them, i.e.: "Kings on shitting horses." it is so perplexing. what is this world??? having said all that, and complained so much, i am still likely to read the sequel, because the one-chapter teaser offered at the end of this book is focused on neve, whose situation at the end of this book is a much more compelling scenario than anything happening with red. i didn't much like this one because my tastes are incompatible with the genre. i'm giving it a low-three because it's not the book's fault that i get impatient with romantic tropes and how much time is spent resisting and dillydallying before the inevitable romance-stuff occurs. but i understand that the slow-burning 'will they or won't they?' tension is appealing to readers who crave the deliciously drawn out tease of a love story. here's your self-test. do you like this, yes or no? "It's far more complicated than that, Redarys." Eammon's eyes were stern. "Chasing the shadow-rot out of a person is dangerous. It takes more power than I have anymore—" "But you aren't doing it alone." Red shook her head. "You don't have to do everything alone, Eammon." His mouth was a tight line, hair shadowing his eyes. There was something waiting in the space between them, something vast and terrifying, but it narrowed down to this: the itch in her fingers to smooth along his jaw. The certainty that her palm would never feel right again unless it swept his hair off his forehead. Red dropped her eyes; his were suddenly too much for her. "Let me help you, and we can help Bormain. We can at least speak with Valdrek about it." He searched her face, lips slightly parted, as if looking for something he was both eager and terrified to find. Then he turned sharply, headed for the other side of the square. "Have it your way, Lady Wolf." if yes, read this book! if no, read a different book! it's the easiest decision of all time! come to my blog!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    To compare this book to Bear and the Nightingale is like comparing Barney's Grand Adventure to Citizen Kane. God, what a trip. EDIT: I'd like to thank Edelweiss and Orbit for allowing me to read this book. I had seen this book being compared to Bear and the Nightingale and was like, 'hey, I enjoyed that book, it was well crafted, filled with Russian folklore and research, and I wasn't bored'. So I requested it, thinking that it was good, then some friends of mine said I should probably abort my mi To compare this book to Bear and the Nightingale is like comparing Barney's Grand Adventure to Citizen Kane. God, what a trip. EDIT: I'd like to thank Edelweiss and Orbit for allowing me to read this book. I had seen this book being compared to Bear and the Nightingale and was like, 'hey, I enjoyed that book, it was well crafted, filled with Russian folklore and research, and I wasn't bored'. So I requested it, thinking that it was good, then some friends of mine said I should probably abort my mission. So, I took it off my 'to-read' list. I was accepted for the review and I knew I had to read it. What you got with this book is a 400+ page slog of confusion and riddles. Then, when things start making sense, you look back on what you read and go: 'why did I bother, why did they (the characters) bother?' Our hero? Red? Like some other reviews pointed out, she is pretty annoying. I also dislike (excuse me, get annoyed) when an author writes a character that attempts to be strong-minded but then does a 180 at the meeting of a boy. A very stubborn, stupid, emo-looking boy. The writing, as I put out, is a mess. There is repeated actions EVERYWHERE. If this makes it past an editor, and into final print, I will be concerned. (edit: It did, LOL) Characters 'lounge on doorways' far too often ; characters 'rub their hand/s over their face' far too often, Red thinks a thought she already thought about, again, far too often. Eammon is the wolf. You see, wolf is another word for 'warden'. People think a big, scary wolf is in the forest but in all honesty there is no wolf. Just a boy pretending to be a wolf or acting like one by snarling and letting his hair hang loose. The plot is this: There was this evil. The evil was locked away in a forest. Five kings decided to use their magic to seal the evil in. They planted / grew / magick'ed this white trees that act as a fence so no evil gets in and no evil gets out. The kings however accidentally get trapped inside. Because this takes place centuries before (in the past), our main hero's fam and the rest of the world thinks these kings are 'gods' and they to return. Why do they need to return? It's not really explained. What does the world gain if they returned? Not really explained either? What is the point of these kings? We don't know. BUT: People remember them... there is a strange religious cult that worships these kings? ... Why does this cult exist if we don't know what the point of these kings returning will do? We can go round and round about all this. The literal bones, the point of the story, is sacrificed for the plain, boring, love story. The second daughter gets sacrificed, meets 'The Wolf', finds out its a human boy who has nothing to do with the kings (as she was mislead all these years). She stays because she wants the kings to return and she wants to return home. So, she decides to help Eammon) to harness magic to restore the balance and get the kings to escape. Cue PAGES, CHAPTERS, ENDLESS and pointless bickering about staying put and not helping, to helping and getting hurt, healing and falling in love, to repeating the same process... over and over again. Again I ask: what is the point behind these kings? What is the point of them having magic? Why do they have magic? What are they supposed to do? We don't know! Do we ever see the kings? Well, we see one of them? Do we ever find out more about the crazy religious cult? Yes and no. I'm just so frustrated with this book because you have a really interesting twist on the Red-Riding Hood story, or Beauty and the Beast?... but you get this half baked world with half baked lore and confusing magic. Okay. Lets talk about the magic. Lets talk about how I didn't understand why there was such a struggle and why in the world there was some kind of fear of allowing the magic to change them (Red and Eammon) and or ride it's course. Clearly I saw through the whole story that if they both split the magic that's what the wood seemed to want and they were going to be okay. But, the previous centuries of girls I guess didn't split the magic or try to split the magic (or marry the Wolf) so they died and their bones rotted in the forest. I still don't understand the whole blood sacrifice and what not going on. It's just a lot going on in this story that is plodded for the sake of romance. You could cut out a lot and you would miss nothing. There was a whole segment about going into town that honestly could have happened anywhere else or to anyone else, but it was put in there for the sake of showing that there was other people trapped in the woods with them but hey, they're pretty cool with it and made their own little city. (As one of the comments pointed out, this community would have inbred people...) Into the Woods, out of the Woods, home before dark... I just kept singing Into the Woods in my head but the lyrics to the Forbidden Broadway version popped in there. At least Into the Woods had a stronger story that dealt with the consequences of wishing and the darker side of fairy-tales. Just be pretty careful jumping into this book. If you're coming for a broody dumb emo boy, you got it, tons of it. If you're coming for a plot? No, you don't got that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    this read more like a beauty and the beast retelling than it did little red riding hood, it had its similarities to little red riding hood but the whole “being sent away to live with a beast who doesn’t like people but ends up falling for you” thing is pretty much this entire book. i liked the book in the first few pages but once she went to go live with the wolf i was a bit bored. i also found their relationship a bit boring as well. i really wished i liked it more but i’ll definitely will be r this read more like a beauty and the beast retelling than it did little red riding hood, it had its similarities to little red riding hood but the whole “being sent away to live with a beast who doesn’t like people but ends up falling for you” thing is pretty much this entire book. i liked the book in the first few pages but once she went to go live with the wolf i was a bit bored. i also found their relationship a bit boring as well. i really wished i liked it more but i’ll definitely will be reading the sequel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    The author's Twitter refers to this as a monstery boyfriend book and let's just say that I've already died of anticipation and have only come back to life to write this review. EDIT: I have finished the book and what a splendid time I had! I'd like to thank Orbit for fulfilling my destiny of reviewing this book. If it weren't for that email, I would have had to wait until release day to read it and we know we can't have that. Bear hugs for the publicity team. This story has a total gothic feel to i The author's Twitter refers to this as a monstery boyfriend book and let's just say that I've already died of anticipation and have only come back to life to write this review. EDIT: I have finished the book and what a splendid time I had! I'd like to thank Orbit for fulfilling my destiny of reviewing this book. If it weren't for that email, I would have had to wait until release day to read it and we know we can't have that. Bear hugs for the publicity team. This story has a total gothic feel to it with lots of blood and shadows to go around. Red is determined to fulfill her destiny as a sacrifice to the weird killer forest, but find herself not only obligated to stay and fix what her ancestors had messed up but for the love of Eammon, the Wolf/ Warden of WIlderwood. Amidst her internal struggle with her magic and her feelings for the broody man who lives in the creepy wood, but her sister is scheming to find a way to rescue Red and ends up messing things up a whole lot more than she ever thought possible. But she had good intentions, you see. You can't fault her for that. With that little story run-down, let's get to the nitty-gritty. Red is a fierce protagonist. I loved her attitude and her determination. Resigned to being just an offering to a forest that may or may not kill her, she bravely lives up to her fate only to find out things aren't what they seem. She's not one to roll over and when Eammon pushes her, she pushes right back. Don't tell this girl to stay put because guess what? SHE WON'T. Neve is just as strong-willed and will do anything to protect her sister despite being betrothed to the man Red's been fooling around with. But hey, she's been thrust into her position the same as Red except she doesn't have much guidance. The romance between Red and Eammon is sweet and happens very quickly. I wouldn't say it's enemies to lovers, but more of a slow burn and appreciation of one another. They see each other for more than what the world has deemed them and they've found a love in that. I can appreciate a good bond as they have. Whitten's visceral writing is enviable. She takes words and puts them together so beautifully. She pulls you into this world of danger and romance and doesn't let you go. To think this is her debut novel should excite you because I have a feeling she's going to rain down some books in her future and I'm going to devour each and every one. Thanks again to Orbit. You the best.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: “The Wilderwood ate my boots, (c) Q: The First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood. (c) Well-well-well. I finally found a book that is SO very much similar at the start to the NN's Uprooted. Seriously, both books start out with a sacrifice premise. One (Red!) knows she will be a sacrifice from the start. Another (Agnieszka) gets it as a surprise-surprise. And then it all starts flowing.... We have a magical forest. Evil trees. The c Q: “The Wilderwood ate my boots, (c) Q: The First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood. (c) Well-well-well. I finally found a book that is SO very much similar at the start to the NN's Uprooted. Seriously, both books start out with a sacrifice premise. One (Red!) knows she will be a sacrifice from the start. Another (Agnieszka) gets it as a surprise-surprise. And then it all starts flowing.... We have a magical forest. Evil trees. The castle somewhere far away from other people. Even voices that are at a point in time disembodied... Dresses in the castle dresser. Magic that's somehow unwield for the girly-girl. Oh. I'm loving both novels SO much! Q: she remembered being awed by the emptiness. She’d felt like a falling star on a clear night, pelting through the dark and the cold. (c) Q: At least she’d be prepared on the off chance she survived long enough to read. (c)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood." Well, this is a tough one to review, because there isn't anything wrong with the story, it just felt very "been there, done that, got the t-shirt". Sometimes we come across books that are the perfect match for other readers, but we've encountered this story in various forms so many times ourself, that it's tough to write what feels like the hundredth review for a similar plot. Obvious "The First Daughter is for the throne. The Second Daughter is for the Wolf. And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood." Well, this is a tough one to review, because there isn't anything wrong with the story, it just felt very "been there, done that, got the t-shirt". Sometimes we come across books that are the perfect match for other readers, but we've encountered this story in various forms so many times ourself, that it's tough to write what feels like the hundredth review for a similar plot. Obviously it's a fairytale retelling, it has the hundreds of years older H in contrast to the young h, familiar world building and plot, and generic characters. I definitely think the author's writing style has potential, and this was definitely my favorite aspect of the story, I just wish the overall page count had been shaved down by about 50 pages. Highly recommend to fans of fantasy with some romance and an *almost* YA feel. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    i love this book so much that i want to eat it

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks Finding light in the darkness is something we can all relate to -- whether it be as simple as discovering the solution to a small puzzle or as grand a notion as searching for one’s purpose in life. For The Wolf addresses both ends of this spectrum and does so throughout with charm, smarts, and grace. This Red Riding Hood inspired fantasy had me more invested in the sentient forest and the creatures calling it home Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks Finding light in the darkness is something we can all relate to -- whether it be as simple as discovering the solution to a small puzzle or as grand a notion as searching for one’s purpose in life. For The Wolf addresses both ends of this spectrum and does so throughout with charm, smarts, and grace. This Red Riding Hood inspired fantasy had me more invested in the sentient forest and the creatures calling it home than the romance smothered in its pages.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    This is a dark, richly imagined world where the Big Bad Wolf isn’t exactly what you were always told. It’s a world where the First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood. Twin sisters Red and Neve are devastated that soon Red will be sent to the Wilderwood forest as a sacrifice to the Wolf. Legend has it that the Wolf demanded that payment in exchange for keeping the monsters of the forest at bay. The people also want the Five Kings ba This is a dark, richly imagined world where the Big Bad Wolf isn’t exactly what you were always told. It’s a world where the First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood. Twin sisters Red and Neve are devastated that soon Red will be sent to the Wilderwood forest as a sacrifice to the Wolf. Legend has it that the Wolf demanded that payment in exchange for keeping the monsters of the forest at bay. The people also want the Five Kings back, and they hope that this human sacrifice will appease the Wolf enough to free them. When Red arrives at the forest she discovers that her knowledge of the Wilderwood and the Wolf are mostly tall tales and soon she will have to harness her mysterious and budding powers to save her world. This novel has the classic dark and brooding male love interest, the heroine who doesn’t need any man to save her, and a few evil villains added to the mix. It is a slowly paced tale with rich detail that never feels like information overload. I prefer fantasy with well-developed characters over heavy plot and world-building. This book struck a nice balance between fully imagined characters and a forest that literally comes alive. I took one star off because, sometimes, I found the plot dragged. The romance wasn’t for me, but I’m sure others will enjoy it. Still, I can’t wait for the sequel! Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit for this ARC in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinions.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    ↣ digital copy received via the netgalley ↢ May 18, 2021: buddy reading with farhina —a close friend who I have never read anything with before; how pathetic huh. March 15, 2021: The author said, "what if you dated a tree but the tree was hot!" and that's oddly enticing. ↣ digital copy received via the netgalley ↢ May 18, 2021: buddy reading with farhina —a close friend who I have never read anything with before; how pathetic huh. March 15, 2021: The author said, "what if you dated a tree but the tree was hot!" and that's oddly enticing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Whitten

    Hey guys! Now that we are so close to release, I wanted to make sure this got on the page somehow. Here are the FOR THE WOLF content warnings! Read safe <3 https://hannahfwhitten.com/2020/09/02... Hey guys! Now that we are so close to release, I wanted to make sure this got on the page somehow. Here are the FOR THE WOLF content warnings! Read safe <3 https://hannahfwhitten.com/2020/09/02...

  17. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars** Not quite what I expected. For the Wolf is a very slow burn dark Fantasy Romance; a lowkey BATB retelling. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: It is finally time to start the second Buddy Read of June with my dear friend, Shannon. We've been anticipating this one for a while!! **3.5-stars** Not quite what I expected. For the Wolf is a very slow burn dark Fantasy Romance; a lowkey BATB retelling. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: It is finally time to start the second Buddy Read of June with my dear friend, Shannon. We've been anticipating this one for a while!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    Listen, I can handle confusion —I mean, I did like Gideon the Ninth a lot, didn't I? I can overcome slow beginnings if the payout is worth it. I love romantic fantasy. But I can't do this. I don't have it in me to withstand pages and pages and pages and pages of character withholding crucial information because of reasons, not when it makes the whole story so damn boring. I love slow-burns, I really do love them, but it's all a bit idiotic at this point? The world-building is messy, and why Red Listen, I can handle confusion —I mean, I did like Gideon the Ninth a lot, didn't I? I can overcome slow beginnings if the payout is worth it. I love romantic fantasy. But I can't do this. I don't have it in me to withstand pages and pages and pages and pages of character withholding crucial information because of reasons, not when it makes the whole story so damn boring. I love slow-burns, I really do love them, but it's all a bit idiotic at this point? The world-building is messy, and why Red would rather bleed herself than learning how to use her magic is truly beyond me—and I mean TRULY, wtf girl??? I just don't care enough about any other character to get going, not when I've been struggling since page one. So at this point, I really couldn't care less if the end is worth it, because it's so damn long to get there. I'm out. DNF on page 136.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    For the Wolf was so good! When I tell you I haven't read a fantasy book in so long, I'm not joking. I think I've only been rereading The Cruel Prince trilogy and that's it. I remember reading The Starless Sea last year too. But other than that? *looks around* I have been meaning to read fantasy of course! I've been requesting and buying fantasy books, hoping that my love for it will wake up. And when Katee Robert tweeted about For the Wolf, especially about Eammon, you bet I needed this book in For the Wolf was so good! When I tell you I haven't read a fantasy book in so long, I'm not joking. I think I've only been rereading The Cruel Prince trilogy and that's it. I remember reading The Starless Sea last year too. But other than that? *looks around* I have been meaning to read fantasy of course! I've been requesting and buying fantasy books, hoping that my love for it will wake up. And when Katee Robert tweeted about For the Wolf, especially about Eammon, you bet I needed this book in my life. So you might guess what I did next. As soon as I finished my other read, I started this one, and oh my god, THE ATMOSPHERE. THE DARK ELEMENTS! THE MYTHOLOGY AND THE LEGENDS! Unparallel. It was really just what I need right at this moment in my life and I am so happy I got to read it. "Two nights before she was sent to the Wolf, Red wore a dress the color of blood." I literally highlighted so much of this book. The writing is very, very good. Poetic at times, very powerful all the time. This is the story of a girl who was born a Second Daughter. She knew since she was old enough to know that her life was meant for the Wolf. As a sacrifice. So the monsters don't come in the night. I love the legends and myths part of this story. Because we have two beings, rooted in legends, that are so different from the stories told about in whispers. The Wolf and the Second Daughter. Bound by destiny, bound by blood. One cannot be talked about without the other. I loved this because, from that moment, you knew the two characters, who respectively were these legendary beings, would have the sweetest romance ever. They were so ready to hate each other, to be enemies. But oh my god, they couldn't stop thinking about each other. I would say beware of how much blood and cutting is in this book. There is A LOT. Some romantic tropes: - marriage of convenience - only one bedroom - forced proximity I want to also say that there is so much consent in this book! WE LOVE TO SEE IT. Eammon baby I want to get lost in a murderous, bloodthirsty forest and find a crumbling castle with you inside, please. Thanks.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ☼ Sarah ☼

    Oh, I can't wait until we get closer to the pub date so I can talk about this spellbinding book with you! 💖 Oh, I can't wait until we get closer to the pub date so I can talk about this spellbinding book with you! 💖

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Coycaterpillar Reads

    The first daughter is for the throne. The second daughter is for the wolf. The wolves are for the Wilderwood. For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was for sure one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It was stated as a red riding retelling and I was giddy with excitement. As a child it was one of my favourite fairy tales…the innocence of Red and the wicked ways of the big bad wolf…tell me who could resist? Hannah Whitton’s writing was hypnotic and melodic. I was transported to a world that made th The first daughter is for the throne. The second daughter is for the wolf. The wolves are for the Wilderwood. For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was for sure one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It was stated as a red riding retelling and I was giddy with excitement. As a child it was one of my favourite fairy tales…the innocence of Red and the wicked ways of the big bad wolf…tell me who could resist? Hannah Whitton’s writing was hypnotic and melodic. I was transported to a world that made the impossible possible. The author had the ingredients that would surely blow my mind. A Red Riding Hood retelling. Sentient trees. An age-old tradition. It’s shrouded in myth and foreboding, and I couldn’t wait to get into the guts of the story. Red is the second daughter of the Royal Family and as tradition and protocol insist, the second daughter must be sacrificed to the wolf who resides in the Wilderwood. Red has a burden to bare and she feels this is the necessary outcome to protect her sister Neve, from something that happened three years ago…something that occurred in the very woods she will be sacrificed to. For the Wolf is an ambitious fantasy that examines the intricacies of sibling relationships, long-standing traditions, the influence of faith and religion and mythology. They all interconnected, and it gave a well-rounded situational reasoning behind the plot. Neve and Red clearly have a close and connected relationship to the point that one will sacrifice themselves to save the other. Its not often that you experience such a selfless relationship in fantasy, and it enhanced the story for me…it made it more human. Whitten’s perfect prose was what really stood out. The imagery, the descriptions and the magic brought it all to life. As much as I wanted to love For the Wolf, there was just a few things that weren’t connecting with me. I wasn’t really enjoying the character of Red all that much. Yes, she’s going through a shitty time and yes it must be exceedingly difficult knowing that you are going to be sacrificed to a wolf, but jeez, was she angsty, kind of self-entitled and a bit of a brat. It seems like everyone is bending over backwards for her while she wants to stay firm with her decisions…urgh. The other thing that really occurred to me about halfway through the book was how little it really resembled a Red Riding Hood retelling BUT I really noticed similarities between this story and Beauty and the Beast. I think it’s been mismarketed a tad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Beauty and the Beast retellings are the bread and butter of the romantic fantasy world. I think it’s partially because we as a society have come to anticipate rude, brooding, “bad boy with a heart of gold”-style romantic interests opposite sassy, capable heroines who don’t take crap. The Beauty/Beast narrative is tailor-made for that kind of dynamic. Unfortunately, it seems like Whitten conceptually understands this but can't quite pull the threads together. There are two core issues with For the Beauty and the Beast retellings are the bread and butter of the romantic fantasy world. I think it’s partially because we as a society have come to anticipate rude, brooding, “bad boy with a heart of gold”-style romantic interests opposite sassy, capable heroines who don’t take crap. The Beauty/Beast narrative is tailor-made for that kind of dynamic. Unfortunately, it seems like Whitten conceptually understands this but can't quite pull the threads together. There are two core issues with For the Wolf. The biggest is that the magic system is extraordinarily convoluted. I was 90% of the way through the book and there were STILL new elements of magic being explained to me. When this happens, it feels like the author is just tacking on convenient new features in order to move her narrative along, and it doesn't feel natural to the characters. The action, what little of it there is, is repetitive and nonsensical; a character goes into the woods, a shadow creature appears, and someone pours some blood on it to make it go away. Magic comes from blood, but also some people can just do it, and also there are special trees that appear in the house at random, and can give people magic...it's a dizzying array of concepts that are under-explained and also do nothing to create a compelling story. We get no real movement in the plot whatsoever until the very end of the book, at which point I was tired and ready for it to end. The other problem is also a huge one: the characters are relentlessly flat. Red is the quintessential avatar for the reader; she has very little personality and is barely described physically beyond "white" and "blonde," and by the 25% mark her mind is mostly consumed with lust for the constantly over-described love interest. There are a few other characters besides these two, but they mostly fall into thin tropes like "evil conniving priestess" and "jilted former lover." The Beast--I mean, the Wolf--has two friends who live in his castle, but they get very little screen time until the very end, when we're suddenly supposed to care about them. The evil priestess was particularly annoying, because she's described repeatedly as "mad" without any indication of why she is trying to destroy society. It's honestly an ableist and demeaning approach to an antagonist. One last thing on the characters: I honestly didn't despise the romance. It's exactly what you'd expect out of a story like this. One thing that did make me laugh in a not-good way is that early on in the story, the two main characters have to get married (for...reasons?) and suddenly their magic is connected/they're attuned to each other/they've got a Cosmic Bond that brings them closer. There's this emphasis on the spiritual, magical weight of capital-M Marriage that feels hokey and fundamentalist and, uh, heterosexual, and I didn't vibe with it at all. Any modern retelling of this fairy tale is going to get compared to the ACOTAR series and Uprooted. It’s as unavoidable as gravity at this point. The reality is that For the Wolf takes itself too seriously, lacking any of the ridiculous campy fun of Maas's ACOTAR, but without Novik's rich storytelling to back up its self-seriousness. Whitten had a particuar trajectory she wanted to follow to get to Book 2, and she just slotted convenient magical plot devices around that story to make it happen. It might have been OK if the worldbuilding hadn't been so uneven, or if the characters were more vivid and interesting, but none of those things happened.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bright Star

    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review What a disappointment. I had high expectations for this book and it didn't live up to them. The first 80/90 pages were interesting and I was loving the atmosphere, but after that the story slowly became boring and repetitive. Only towards the end something happened. I think the author focused too much on the setting and the dark atmosphere, penalizing the characters. They were flat and I didn't feel any emotions towards them. I al I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review What a disappointment. I had high expectations for this book and it didn't live up to them. The first 80/90 pages were interesting and I was loving the atmosphere, but after that the story slowly became boring and repetitive. Only towards the end something happened. I think the author focused too much on the setting and the dark atmosphere, penalizing the characters. They were flat and I didn't feel any emotions towards them. I also expected a different kind of story and maybe this is the reason why I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Langford

    2.5** rounded up

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nils | nilsreviewsit

    “She felt roots arching towards her under her feet, felt bone-coloured boughs stretching over her head. Instinct told her to fight the magic down, but this was the Wilderwood, where it belonged. Where it’d been born.” For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Red Riding Hood, is a fairytale which I haven’t read or even watched many retellings of, so I was eager to see what new spin Whitten would take on this dark tale. The story opens with our main protagonis “She felt roots arching towards her under her feet, felt bone-coloured boughs stretching over her head. Instinct told her to fight the magic down, but this was the Wilderwood, where it belonged. Where it’d been born.” For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Red Riding Hood, is a fairytale which I haven’t read or even watched many retellings of, so I was eager to see what new spin Whitten would take on this dark tale. The story opens with our main protagonist Red who, as part of an age old ritual for every second daughter of the royal family, is to be sacrificed to the Wolf who dwells in the Wilderwood forest. Red is willing to be sacrificed in order to protect her sister from the dark magic building within her, but Neve is determined to save Red’s life. I immediately loved Whitten’s prose, as you can see from the above quote, she could vividly build up a scene and eerie atmosphere, it effectively drew me into the story. The setting of the Wilderwood, felt like a character in its own right as Whitten brought it to life with so many lovely details and imagery. As I read on, I began to realise this wasn’t quite the retelling I was expecting. I would say the plot follows very closely to that of Uprooted by Naomi Novak, so if you were a huge fan of that, then I’d recommend this to you. I found many similarities to the Beauty and the Beast fairytale and personally, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed, and feel I’d fallen a little too much for the hype. I also struggled quite a bit with the characters, especially Red. They were all bit too on the moody angsty, and almost whiny side for my personal tastes, they rarely radiated any joy. I’m sure a lot of you won’t mind this, but I found myself frustrated. I was more drawn to Neve, but her chapters were short interludes. The magic of the forest, and it’s connection to the character’s blood was an aspect I enjoyed and found I wanted to know more about, and I thought Whitten did a great job with the history of the Five Kings. I’m sure many readers are going to really enjoy this one, yet personally For the Wolf was just not for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristina (heartsfullofreads)

    For the Wolf is an atmospheric fairytale retelling. Whitten combined a little bit of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast with political intrigue and some interesting own world mythology. The way religion and mythology was weaved together in the story was fantastic and a highlight for me. She also nailed the dark and creepy forest vibes. It was perfection. Unfortunately, the story and characters both fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike any of the characters but I didn't fall in For the Wolf is an atmospheric fairytale retelling. Whitten combined a little bit of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast with political intrigue and some interesting own world mythology. The way religion and mythology was weaved together in the story was fantastic and a highlight for me. She also nailed the dark and creepy forest vibes. It was perfection. Unfortunately, the story and characters both fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike any of the characters but I didn't fall in love with them either. I liked that the romance was slow burn but I just never felt a deep connection between Red and Eammon. I wanted more. The best relationship in the book was definitely between Red and her sister Neve. The magic in the book was really cool but confusing at times since you are only told how it works in pieces. Maybe it will be explained more in the sequel. This was by no means a bad book, I just didn't love it as much as I was hoping I would. I think Hannah Whitten has a lot of potential as an author and I would definitely read more from her in the future. If you like fairytale retellings with romance, you will likely enjoy this. **Thank you to Orbit Books for sending me a finished copy for review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    taylor

    this book truly kicked my reading slump in the ass, 10/10 would die for Red

  28. 4 out of 5

    VICTORIA EDWARDS

    I sadly don’t have a ton to say about this book. It simply wasn’t my cup of tea. The characters were pretty bland. Nothing about them truly reeled me in like I wanted. Especially because at the start, I was really intrigued by Eammon...but then he kind of fell flat. Not a whole bunch happened in the meat of the book? Nothing that really captivated me or hooked me. I was waiting for that moment aaaaaall the way up until the end but it never came? The climax didn’t even feel like a climax and all o I sadly don’t have a ton to say about this book. It simply wasn’t my cup of tea. The characters were pretty bland. Nothing about them truly reeled me in like I wanted. Especially because at the start, I was really intrigued by Eammon...but then he kind of fell flat. Not a whole bunch happened in the meat of the book? Nothing that really captivated me or hooked me. I was waiting for that moment aaaaaall the way up until the end but it never came? The climax didn’t even feel like a climax and all of the bigger plot points were executed very calmly. So I was mostly bored. The other chapters—Neve’s chapters—felt pointless at times. Some of the time the information was necessary, but other times it felt like we could have skipped them and still been fine. The world was interesting, that much I will say. The wilderwood gave me chills and I could very vividly picture it. The magic was very unique and the way it worked interested me...but other than that this book sadly didn’t do it for me, and I’m bummed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    idiomatic

    the absolute only thing you need to know here is that the protagonist of this little red riding hood retelling, who wears a red cloak and red lipstick, goes by red because it is short for her name: redarys. i will never get over this in my fucking life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Publication Date: June 15, 2021 Thank you Orbit Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have been aching to read this book since I heard about it, and after following the author, Hannah Whitten, on social media I became even more desperate to read it. I did reach out to the publisher to request a review copy, and I’m so, so grateful that they sent one my way. Red Riding Hood is my jam, yes, I am one of the people who loved the 2011 film directe Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Publication Date: June 15, 2021 Thank you Orbit Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have been aching to read this book since I heard about it, and after following the author, Hannah Whitten, on social media I became even more desperate to read it. I did reach out to the publisher to request a review copy, and I’m so, so grateful that they sent one my way. Red Riding Hood is my jam, yes, I am one of the people who loved the 2011 film directed by Katherine Hardwicke and this book gave me similar haunting vibes. The premise of this book is eerie, and daunting - we have twin sisters Red and Neve. While Neve, the First Daughter is destined to reign as the future queen of Valleyda, Red, the Second Daughter is meant to enter the treacherous Wilderwood to be the Wolf’s sacrifice. I have recently discovered that I love dreary monster boyfriends, and, well, Eammon did not disappoint. This is full of, dare I say, cosmic horror, rad personification, and consuming love. Love that twists and binds and corrupts, love that left me breathless and anxious and gasping for air while reading. The relationship between Red and her sister Neve, was compounded by fears, distance, and the powerful fear of the unknown. Oh, and did I mention the slow-burn romance? It is chaotic, clumsy, beautifully raw, making my heart go soft and buttery. Hannah Whitten has a true gift, she is able to craft such a visceral experience, pulling you into the world and the hearts of the characters. Please note that since this is a review copy, this sentence may change or be deleted, but as an example ”...how to shape words into daggers and let them fly, or use silence as a blade in itself”. I am on the floor, gasping for air, my goodness!!!! I am not one to write in my books, but I couldn't help but underline phrases and tab the daylights out of this one. I will be championing this novel and trying to shove it into the hands of as many readers as possible. This is a great adult fantasy novel for anyone looking to get into the genre, the world building was done with care, and since it has roots in folklore many elements will be familiar to the reader. One of my favorite elements of the story was that it read like the Wilderwood, and hope that when you read and finish this you understand what I mean. The pacing matches the intensity of the story and it adds to the overarching experience. The character parallels and the battles within and without were captivating. I already know this duology is going to be a new favorite and the conclusion of FTW will keep you keen for the release of the sequel, For the Throne . Please check the authors page for potential triggers, but there is a lot of cutting and blood extraction for magical purposes, and scenes of graphic violence.

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