Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Series: Green Creek
Publication Date: June 20th, 2016
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Do I want to be writing this review right now? Quite frankly no. No, I don’t. I want to be reading Ravensong, but sometimes life throws you lemons and you write reviews. So, Wolfsong – I love books about family, especially when it’s the family you make along the way, so this book was destined to be a winner for me. There are so many things about this book that I loved, but I know I won’t remember them all. So I’m going to share some of the highlights:
- The entire Bennett pack. This is a family that, yes, has their issues, but they love each other. And I know – wolves and instincts, but still. The camaraderie between them was so precious. I loved their time together.
- The way this book highlights how important a positive male presence is in a young man’s life. Ox’s first experience with a male figure was his father, and let’s face it. The man was a wreck, and he had nothing nice to say about his son. But once Gordo became the main male figure in Ox’s life, he wouldn’t let Ox forget how special and important he was. And then, even with Mark Bennett, some of the first things out of his mouth were to tell Ox how amazing he was. And then Joe, doling out compliments (even if it was just about how good Ox smelled,) and then finally, Thomas Bennett. So warm and welcoming; this man had a capacity to love that was unparalleled. It was clear that just knowing how special Thomas was and that a man that special was able to love him was enough to shape Ox. In so many good ways. That he took the time to spend with Ox, that he made the effort to spend one on one time with him – it changed the entire course of Ox’s life. And I feel, in some ways, gave Ox life.
- The world building. I feel like the world building in this book was done so uniquely. A large portion of it was shown in how the Bennett’s interacted with each other vs. their physical surroundings, and I loved that. It was like you could feel the pulse of this world while you were reading the book. I loved every facet of it.
- Team Human and the way all the men at Gordo’s shop acted like brothers. They weren’t an actual pack, but their affection for each other was evident and adorable. They’d taken each other in and created their own family, and they dynamic was just amazing.
- The writing style and the way the foreshadowing slapped you in the face. I didn’t think this was my thing. I like subtle and hinty things that creep up on you. This author gives you the bones and then the meat, and it worked so well here; I loved the way it was done.
- The way things stick with us was illustrated in this book. There were things that were said to Ox, good and bad, that have stuck with him, and no matter how much good we do, no matter how much good we hear, the bad things still haunt us. It’s what we do with them and whether or not we accept them that can change us for better or worse. And in all of this, there was one simple scene with Ox’s mother that she probably never gave a second thought to, but he remembered the special moment over and over again, and it just emphasized how important the little things matter.
- Gordo and Mark. OK. Can we talk tension here? Gordo and Mark struck my fancy the moment Ox spied them walking into a theater together, and it only heightened as the book went on. I was hooked on them from moment one, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they have their own story. And what a doozy it is so far!
- The slow burn between Ox and Joe. Holy smokes. It could not be any slower or burn any brighter. They have such chemistry, in every single interaction whether they’re being friends or more. I loved all their interactions, and I could never wait to read more of them.
Could I find reasons to bring this book down to four stars? Sure. But I don’t think that would be an authentic rating. Anything that might not have worked for me in this book (and trust me – it was minimal) was outshone by how much I loved this story. This is, at its core, about family and loving someone as they are, and it touched me so much. And the funny thing is, despite this story being sweet for the most part, I found it to be such a page turner. My emotions ran high throughout the whole book; I couldn’t wait to see what next good thing awaited Ox, and I loved that he was able to find and receive such goodness. I could go on and on about what I loved about this book, but this review is so long you’ve probably already stopped reading. All I can say is read Wolfsong. And if you don’t love it – well, then. Our friendship is probably on the rocks.
| Audiobook Review |
Kirt Graves narrated this book, and I think he did a fantastic job. The moment he started speaking, you knew which character was talking. I think he did an especially fabulous job with Joe when Joe was younger, and his enthusiasm with just being around Ox. He took things up a notch when something exciting was happening, and it was clear to me that he understood these characters. I will be sure to look for more from him!
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