For the Wolf - Hannah Witten
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Red belongs to the Wolf. She has since the day she was born. Ever since the kings disappeared, a second daughter has been given to the Wolf in the hope that he would return the Kings. Red knows she belongs to the Wolf and that it is the best place for her to be, so that she can keep her twin sister safe. But nothing is at it seems in the Wilderwood, or in Valleyda and Red may be risking everything by leaving the world she knows behind.
For the Wolf is the first book in a new duology from Hannah Whitten. The second, For the Throne came out on June 9th. While Red and the Wolf may lead you to believe this is a Red Riding Hood reimagining, you would be wrong. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. One princess given to the beast to save everyone else. One of my favorite parts of the book was the contrast between the twin sisters. Where one was willing to give her life for the world, the other is willing to destroy the world for one life. One is wholly selfless and only ever thinks of others while the other thinks only of herself, her wants and needs, believing they are the wants and needs of all those around her. I wonder if it is something that is just ingrained in each of them from the moment of conception, or because of the way they have each been raised. One for the Throne and One for the Wolf.
I feel like I should warn you, this book is VERY slow. It takes a long time to set the scene and really get you into the lives, legends, and loves of Valleyda, the Wilderwood, and the world beyond. I promise you though, if you stick with it you will not be disappointed. Well, I hope you won't. The first 300 pages are all world and character building and what remains will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and ready to dive into the next book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well set read. The world and characters come to life within the pages of For the Wolf. It definitely leaves you with a cliffhanger though, so if you aren't for that, I would wait make sure you have both books before starting.
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