The Wolf Road

The Wolf RoadI absolutely loved this book.The Wolf Road is a post apocalyptic road trip with a western vibe I won t summarize for fear of spoilers There s a strong plot to keep the pages turning, but what absolutely blew me away was the writing It s got that every word considered vibe you only get from the most skilled and careful practitioners of the craft The lead characters are all strong and memorable, but even minor characters who only get a page or two come across as fully realized That s quite a trick The book has a sort of icy, pulse pounding tempo to it that I found impossible to put down I read it or less in one sitting The ending in particular was absolutely flawless When I finished it I actually clapped a couple of times I should probably mention that some aspects of the story are a tad dark It didn t bother me at all, but that sort of thing almost never does If your tolerance for that stuff is low you might want to check out some other reviews to see how other people reacted.I ll buy whatever she writes next in hardback without reading the back cover Highest possible recommendation. I found The Wolf Road to have a compelling and easy to read style The protagonist is one of the strongest females that I ve read, and I found how she survived several early traumas to be mostly believable If you are looking for strong female characters, and a variety of them, you will enjoy this book This was a book that was hard to put down, even if it strained my willful suspension of disbelief in several important places Grounding a story in reality is very important to me, even when it s a fantasy or a futuristic tale A bit of that grounding, and this would have been a five star read for me I know a lot of readers will be able to coast past the things that bothered me For a fast and adventurous read, with unusual characters, this will be a good summer read for you. Parce Qu Elle Cherche Chapper Kreagar Hallet, Un Tueur Qui L A Recueillie Et Lev E, Elka Se Rend Halveston, Dans Le Nord, Afin De Retrouver Ses Vrais Parents Elka A Presque Dix Huit Ans Lorsqu Elle Apprend Que Kreagar Hallet, Celui Qu Elle Appelle Trappeur Et Qui L A Lev E Est Recherch Pour Le Meurtre De Plusieurs Femmes Et Enfants Recherch E Elle Aussi Par La Sh Rif Jennifer Lyon, Elka D Cide De Partir En Direction Du Nord C Est L , Apparemment, Que Vivent Ses Parents Mais Halveston, C Est Loin, Et Le Parcours Est Sem D Emb Ches Dans Un Monde D Apr S Le Basculement, O La Nature A Repris Ses Droits Sur Les Hommes Et La Civilisation, Une Jeune Femme Accompagn E D Un Loup Se Cherche Un Foyer Ambiance True Grit Assur E Trapper was my family even though I didn t know a sure thing about him Trapper was the kind a family you choose for yourself, the kind that gets closer n blood He was what I chose and I chose wrong An extraordinary novel dark and funny and full of wild energy First novel of this author, Beth Lewis, and well worth reading It is an apocalyptic story, although it does not feel that way and it is hardly noticeable, it is not the main part of the story It is a novel about a girl in the wilderness, escaping and then hunting Trapper , the man who saved her in the wilderness and took her in, the man who killed women and children Only comment I have is that I feel the book could have been edited to a bit compact writing.But other than that, a very entertaining, great story Unusual, out of the box.I think this author has up her sleeve, looking forward to thatUnderneath all that grime , she said, smearing a spot a dirt on my cheek with her finger, you re a diamond, Elka, clear and tough and priceless But you don t know I said in no n a whisper I know enough , she said Find all of my reviews at True Grit meets The Road For maybe the first time in the history of ever the powers that be got it right The usual suspects get the credit blame for me reading this one It doesn t take much than that It s been like 36 hours since I have either been told how stupid I am or personally confirmed said stupidity, so let me take a second to remind all of you Between the title and the cover and the amount of time it took me to actually read The Wolf Road my pitiful little brain had decided it was going to be a story kinda like this one I m telling you So dumb The Wolf Road is a real mind bender Although you are told that the story takes place afterThe Damn Stupid and the Second Conflict,the world building consisting of the main character s parents dumping her as a baby with her grandmother in order to participate in the gold rush and people living basically in wood shacks, with no electricity and hunting foraging for food has your brain thinking of something like this But after you get the description of man who adopts for lack of a better term Elka after her gran passes It finally sinks in that this is a whole new Wild Wild West You know, but not shitty like that one.And thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn when Elka finds out the truth about ol TrapperI suppose it ain t what s different now that s fearful, I said, it s what stayed the sameI don t even know what to say about this one I can tell you it s different from anything you ve read and the only reason it s getting 4.5 Stars instead of 5 is because I didn t read it during the winter so I couldn t quite get as cold and miserable as I should have ARC provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Novel is pert near perfect One slight complaint I got is that some parts is a mite hard to read Made my head spun, they done did Cruise willin and the creek don t rise, I might give er another read one day See what alls I might of misunderstood cuz it s writ all broke like Writing that first paragraph hurt my heart and soul I cannot fathom writing an entire novel like Beth Lewis wrote The Wolf Road I once wrote a story called Smitten in this style, and to this day, I want to go back and rewrite it In both my story and Lewis s novel, the first person hick speak is warranted, but Tom Cruise wept, it s hard to read at times I honestly would ve given this five stars if I hadn t needed to reread entire paragraphs to figure out what the silly fuck Elka was saying Halfway through this novel it changes from The Road meets True Grit to The Revenant meets Calamity Jane I liked the first mash up better Now, now, brown cow, I dig the fuck outta Doris Day and her goofy little western, but I wasn t expecting the shift It was a wee bit jarring For 40% of the book I was left waiting for the story to switch back to the awesomesauce that was the first 50% Lewis finally brought everything home in terrific fashion, but that doesn t change the fact that she had me worried for almost half the run time I actually look forward to rereading the novel just because I know what s coming now and I can sit back and enjoy the book for what it is instead of what I expected it to be.The ending is both emotionally powerful and fantastically written I was hovering around three stars until the final pages The novel paid off and left me wanting flip back to page one and start all over again the minute I flipped the final page Can t say that about many books In summation While the narrative style can be difficult to read at times and forced me to slow down or to reread certain sections, I loved the characters and the chances the author took Elka was far from perfect, and the Country Mouse City Mouse interactions in the middle were fun, if a little unexpected and jarring But that s kinda my fault I expected one tone throughout, and I got about three different tones Not necessarily a bad thing Just unexpected.Final Judgment Finger lickin good. With the world chock full of assholes, I ve made a New Year s resolution to strive to play to my kinder gentler nature One in which I m less apt to point fingers whenever my friends lead me astray Less likely to sling mud or poke fun or call names Less inclined to suggest that everything s ridiculousA new version of self where I can somehow resist the urge to belittle the trolls who posit opinions as facts Naw, who am I kidding Where s the fun in that The Wolf Road is a post apocalyptic story set in the near future However, after the events of the Damn Stupid, that future appears like our recent past before the advent of electricity The story follows Elka, a young girl passed off to her nana when her parents decided to head north in search of gold For the next seven years, Elka and her nana eke out a meager existence in a rustic cabin in the deep woods until a massive thunderhead blows through one day and levels their home Her nana was out for a walk at the time, and when she fails to return Elka seeks help She knows the town is south and south is down, so she walks down every hill she finds until she s horribly lost Eventually making her way downriver to another cabin where she meets Trapper, a man who ll become something like a father to her.All of Trapper s attempts to track down her nana prove unsuccessful, so he agrees to let her stay with him He ll teach her all the ways of the woods if she ll help out around the cabin and try to pull her own weight For the next ten years or so things go swimmingly until Elka travels to town one day and learns a disturbing secret about the man she thought she knew A secret powerful enough to leave her reeling And, with the law asking questions she can t rightly answer, she reckons it s time to pack up and head north in search of her real family But the lawman s questions won t be put off so easily, and they re not the only ones hot on her trail.So, as you can probably guess from my introduction, this was another book that most of my friends loved, but of course I had a few issues with it The main one being that the ending was given away in the first chapter If you re ballsy enough to telegraph things to that extent, you better blow me away with all the other elements of your story You better dazzle me with your wordsmithing amaze me with your character development fool me with a twisty narrative and hidden reveals rock my world with an earth shattering climax and a tear jerking resolution Ah, maybe I was asking too much Then again, this novel was marketed as True Grit meets The Road.I also wasn t a fan of the narrative style a first person account from Elka s point of view As an uneducated, na ve, and extremely isolated young forest girl she tells her tale in a backwoods slang which eventually began to grate on my nerves Granted, my tolerance for slang seems to coincide with my overall enjoyment of the story I ve read many stories where it never bothered me at all, but here and in The Knife of Never Letting Go and parts of The Invisible Man that style annoyed me to no end.Lastly, I want to briefly touch on character motivation Sorry, but I just couldn t buy into Trapper s reasoning for hunting Elka, or several of his actions during the chase Not to mention, with the law in hot pursuit, it would seem wise for Trapper to be hightailing it in the opposite direction This happened on page two, so it s not much of a spoiler Elka, you know I don t mean you no harm His voice turned friendly I d never hurt my Elka He wandered around like a blind man, trudging through the snow, steam lifting off his body Always hot after a killing He was lean, carved out of wood some say, and but for the tattoos had a face you d take home to your mother He leaned up against a cottonwood tree, panting to keep the cold out, getting sick of hide and seek Could a killed you a hundred times, girlie, he said, slow Could a taken my pig sticker and cut you neck to navel while you slept Could a peeled your skin off easy as boiled trout I remembered all those years calling him Daddy and felt sick.Bottom line The story started with a bang then wound back the clock and spent the remainder of its time working its way back to the beginning Knowing the outcome detracted from the enjoyment of the chase, and by the time the nasty revelations begin to flood in it was too little too late to salvage things for me. Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a review.Elka doesn t much like people She don t trust em Raised in the woods by a man name a Trapper, all she knows is the wild Her basic credo is one of common decency leave the forest as you found it Backward and illiterate, Elka is going to need to employ the use of every survival skill she knows when her world comes crashing down Spare and gritty, this one. All I know is that one day all the maps became useless and we had to make our own The old uns called the day the Fall or the Reformation Nana said some down in the far south called it the Rapture Nana was a babe when it happened, said her momma called it the Big Damn Stupid Set everything back to zero.An event has happened that set the world back to a time with no technology Mother Nature is boss and seven year old Elka learns the hard way when her Nana is lost during a strong storm Elka ends up in the woods alone and starving She gets taken in by a reclusive man she calls Trapper Trapper teaches Elka all he knows about hunting, trapping and survival He makes sure she knows to stay away from any person that she might run across out in the woods.He never lets her go with him on those late night wolf hunts though One day after Elka has lived with him for years she finds out that the man she calls Daddy is a serial killer She takes off into the woods with just a knife to escape from him Her parents had gone North when Elka was a baby to get rich from a gold rush She heads toward North to find them Told in the first person the book is completely inside Elka s head You might think that sounds boring but this book is anything but that Along the way Elka picks up a shadow in the form of a wolf that shows up when she seems to need him the worst She also falls for a man s pretty face She learns quickly to trust only herself Men got one hell of a weakness, and when it ain t their arrogance, it s the dangling bits She saves a woman from a bad fate and they tag up Agreeing to try and keep each other alive Penelope didn t have no fat on her, no reserves for her body to live off tween meals If that was the price for beauty and the desire a men, well hell, you can keep it Alive and ugly is better than pretty and dead.They are followed by a woman law officer that is determined to bring in Elka and Trapper who is following Elka on her journey Elka s character is haunted by demons but you can see that she does what she needs in order to survive She knows what she wants and goes about getting it Smell a bacon.Ain t nothing in this world like it Salt cured, sliced thick, line a juicy fat crisping up in the pan Anyone what tells you they don t like bacon is either stupid or lying Either way that ain t no one you can trust.This book is extremely dark and sometimes mystical There is my warning for the readers that are going to yell about how gross it gets..Crap I loved this book 4.5 stars Monsters ain t real cept in kids imaginations, under the beds, in the closets We live in a world a men and there ain t no good come out of tellin them they monsters Makes em think they ain t done nothin wrong, that it s their nature and they can t do nothin to change that Callin em a monster makes em somethin different from the rest of us, but they ain t They just men, flesh and bone and blood Bad uns, truth, but men all the same Booksource Netgalley and bloggingforbooks in exchange for review. My friend Zoeytron s review is here..she didn t like it quite as much as I did..but I still luv her even if she read it wrong. fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in the books i didn t read in a timely manner olympics, this one is in the running for most shameful karenfail medal, because i had this as an ARC, and it sounded so great, i meant to read it immediately, but never got around to it, and then when the hardcover came out, i loved the cover so much i had to buy it even though i still hadn t read the ARC, reasoning well, maybe there were errors in the ARC and now i will read it as the author intended, but i STILL didn t get to it, and then when the paperback came out, i loved that cover so much, i was tempted to buy ANOTHER copy, but i restrained myself because growth and now, thanks to setting myself very specific 2019 reading goals, i have finally read it and, yeah it was as good as i d s a western themed novel set in the now even wildernessy wilderness of post Event canada, where our young narrator elka discovers that the gruff man she only knows as trapper the father figure who has been raising her for the past ten years, is than just a facially tattooed woodsy loner, he s a straight up monster a wanted man named kreagar she s been his ward and prot g since she was seven, when a storm and storms are serious in post Event canada flung her or less on his doorstep, separating her from her grandmother, with whom she d been living since her parents left her to make their fortunes in the gold prospecting game, leaving her with only vague memories and a letter.when elka inadvertently learns the truth about her surrogate father from a formidable lady magistrate with a particular revenge bone to pick with him, she decides to set out and find these long lost parents a journey through darkness and danger, where she will learn the truth about the world beyond trapper s woods and wait for it AND ALSO ABOUT HERSELF.if anyone needs taglines for lifetime original movies, i will be in my trailer it s all the things i like wilderness survival, vengeance, epic journeys across uncompromising landscapes, girls with potty mouths who are deadly with a knife because say what you will about trapper he may have raised her rough, but he raised her to survive in a world that barely managed to survive itself but it s also about nicer, softer things coming of age and coming back to society and human kindness and trust when elka meets penelope, theirs is a friendship born of literal life saving exchanges, but they also have very complementary skill sets elka has all manner of survival skills and animal instincts, but she s never had to learn social skills, while penelope can read and navigate the civilized world, and she knows how to manipulate which is a wholly human trait elka s only just learning about it s a win win book one part cat and mouse manhunt with blood and brutality, one part finding a place in the world that doesn t require quite so much blood and brutality plus, wolves and backwoods philosophy I don t much like roads Roads is some other man s path that people follow no question All my life I lived by rules of the forest and rules of myself One a them rules is don t go trusting another man s path No matter if that s a real one trodden into dirt or all them twists and turns his life has s a gritty and funny and strong debut, and i would really like to read her second book, Bitter Sun, although it looks like it hasn t been published in the US yet, so i guess i can put it off for now AND THIS IS HOW THE SLIPPERY SLOPES HAPPEN come to my blog

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