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ARC For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1)


[A quick note: I was THRILLED when Orbit reached out and offered me a publication copy a couple weeks before this beauty came out. I have had my eye on it for MONTHS because woodland settings are some of my favorite story settings. Uprooted is my favorite stand alone of all time, and this was marketed to be similar, so you know I was keen. And that cover!!! I mean LOOK at it.]

โ€œ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ.โ€โ€”Hannah Whitten

Red is born a second daughter to the crown, and that means by the age of twenty, she must submit herself to the Wilderwood and let it claim her. She can feel its dangerous magic in her core, humming, calling to her. Whatโ€™s more, she wants it. She wants to escape the world and the danger she poses, even if those who love her are willing to do anything to keep her from it. She gives herself over to the Wolf. He can tell sheโ€™s different from the second daughters whoโ€™ve come before. Perhaps different enough to save them. But something dark stirs in the trees, and Redโ€™s sacrifice might not be enough.

Among the Beasts and Briars meets Beauty and the Beast in this tale of one womanโ€™s sacrifice to the Wilderwood. I was intrigued from the first page. This story is best described as a dark fairytale. An enchanted wood, an evil that threatens to consume it, and a dash of romance, all crafted on the backbone of a Beauty and the Beast storyline. Thereโ€™s even a hint of Little Red Ridinghood, but nothing like the story youโ€™re used to.

This was a fun read! Not quite what I expected, but still fun. It follows three main characters, Neve, Red, and the Wolf. Each was unique, well crafted, and imperfect. I loved their struggles and the twin sisterhood bond between Neve and Red. However, Neveโ€™s character frustrated me โ€ฆa lot. Mainly because Red asked Neve to let her go, for reasons that Neve didnโ€™t understand, and Neve wouldnโ€™t accept that. It was Neveโ€™s meddling that put Red in so much danger once she entered the forest. I understand why Neve did it, but it still irked me.

I adore woodland settings, especially with enchanted woods and a threat of evil. The Wilderwood had a mind of its own, and the darkness threatening to destroy it was ominous. Where did the darkness come from, you might wonder? Well, thatโ€™s up for contention. The people of Valleyda believe the wood itself is inherently evil. It is said that the Wilderwood trapped five kings within, and that only the sacrifice of a second daughter can free them. But every legend has two sides. And this one might not be the correct one.

Red enters the Wilderwood hoping she is worthy enough to free the kings. Hoping that her sacrifice will matter. While three previous second daughters were sacrificed long before Redโ€™s time, something in her makes her different. I loved the way she and the Wolf were forced to work together to protect the wood, but eventually, even that wasnโ€™t enough. She was forced to discover what the difference was between her and the other second daughters. And eventually come to understand the power of choice. Once that happened, she was forced to MAKE her own choice.


โ€œ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€โ€ฆ๐—œ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—น๐—ณ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ.โ€โ€”Hannah Whitten

While the romance and plot was slow in starting, I loved Red and the Wolfโ€™s dynamic once it did. I appreciated the way Red fought for the Wolf. She didnโ€™t simply back down each time he asked her to. She wasnโ€™t willing to let him suffer for her sake.

โ€œ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฉ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฑ๐—ฎ. ๐—ข๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒโ€™๐—ฑ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ธ. ๐—”๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒโ€™๐—ฑ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜โ€”๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€โ€”๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€.โ€โ€”Hannah Whitten

While this was a bit more YA than adult, it was a lovely read. It ends on a little bit of a cliff hanger. So Iโ€™ll definitely be picking up the next book โ€œFor the Throneโ€ when it comes out. Canโ€™t wait to see what happens. Iโ€™d say this story will be perfect for anyone who loves the Beauty and the Beast storyline, dark woodland settings, sister bonds, and strong female MCs. ๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š: ๐Ÿฐ/๐Ÿฑโญ๏ธ


A big thank you to Orbit for providing me a publication copy in advance for an honest review.


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