Sunday, June 19, 2016

ARC Review: Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

From The Blurb:
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left. 
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane. 
Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega. 
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. 
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Karen's rating:

There are some pretty damned amazing reviews out there for this book already, so I have no idea what I'm going to say that's different or even remotely as good. But, what the hell, I'll try anything once.

One of my friends in his review said 'this is how you do a freakin' shifter novel', and to a point I agree with him, except really this is how you do a novel....any kind of novel. Over the years I've read a few shifter novels but it's been quite a while since one has captured my attention so compellingly, so intensely, and even longer since a novel has wrapped itself around my heart the way this one did.

I have zero doubt that this will be on my list of Top 10 Books For 2016. Ok, I think I'm going to try something different here. I'm going to try to actually explain what reading this book felt like for me...

'Wolfsong' was like sitting outside on a beautiful summer's day, where it's sunny and peaceful, calm but with a gentle breeze and as your sitting there you feel that breeze softly pushing at you, whispering to you, gently leading you where you never thought to go and you get lost in the beauty of how good it feels, how comfortable you are. Until before you know what's happened the sun has shifted behind some clouds and things are dark and you know there's a storm coming and you want to run and hide to not be caught in the thunder and lighting, the torrential rain that's going to soak through to your very bones but you can't. You're trapped and the only thing to do is to push through it, to be strong and endure.

Am I waxing a little poetic here...probably but I think it works in this instance because 'Wolfsong' for me was an incredibly powerful story. I shared every emotion that poured from the pages of this novel. There were times when all I could do was smile and laugh, cry...oh, lordie I don't remember the last time a book made me cry so much or rage with frustration so intensely.

I mean seriously, ladies and gentlemen, this is a shifter story, they're supposed to be amusing, entertaining, maybe a bit dark and angsty but this...this was heartbreaking, gut wrenching stuff with touches of humor that snuck up on me and had me laughing in the middle of the night before I realized that I was probably going to wake up my husband...again. That's right, don't expect that just because you have to get up the next day that you're going to put the book down because I'll warn you now if you do you're probably just going to wake up in a couple of hours with your hand reaching for your e-reader before you've even really got your eyes open because you just need to know what happens next and waiting until morning is simply not acceptable.

My only concern with this book is that I'm not sure I ever want to read another shifter book because I just can't see how it could possibly measure up and yes, this is now my benchmark for all things shifter and it's a pretty tough act to follow. T.J. Klune you have ruined me for other shifter books...thanks ;)

I gave this book 5 stars because apparently that's the most that I get to choose but in truth this book deserves all the stars of a beautiful clear summer sky.

Who would I recommend this book to everyone who reads because it's not just a shifter novel, what it really a beautiful, breathtaking story that shouldn't be missed by anyone.


An ARC of this book was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.,13664428

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