Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood

Blood for Blood

by Ryan Graudin

Series: "Wolf by Wolf" #2
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Published: November 1st 2016
by Little, Brown Books



For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.

Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?


Truths make the best lies.

Wolf by Wolf was one of my favorite books of 2015, so I was anxious to see how Yael’s story continued in Blood for Blood. While I didn’t quite enjoy Blood for Blood as much as I did Wolf by Wolf, it was still a thrilling and entertaining story from start to finish.

Skinshifter and death camp survivor Yael has just failed her mission of killing Hitler. On the run and hiding from Hitler’s army, Yael must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to end Hitler once and for all.

Just like in Wolf by Wolf, Yael is a fantastic and wonderfully written protagonist. She is strong and determined and it’s impossible not to root for her after everything she’s endured.

My main problem with Blood for Blood is that it lacked the action and complex character relationships that made Wolf by Wolf impossible to put down. The entirety of Blood for Blood is essentially Yael traveling and hiding from Hitler’s army, which is nowhere near as enthralling as the fast-paced motorcycle competition in Wolf by Wolf.

Ultimately, despite its minor flaws, Blood for Blood is a satisfying and emotional conclusion to a wonderful duology. Even those who find historical fiction boring or tedious will find themselves engrossed in Yael’s action-packed quest for vengeance and justice.

Fear is not an excuse. Fear is being human.

43 thoughts on “Blood for Blood

  1. So sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book! Wolf by Wolf was also one of my favorite reads of 2015, and for some reason I haven’t purchased this one yet. I’m always afraid that I’m not going to like the sequels of favorite books nearly as much as the first book, and in this case I’m seeing that most people felt that way. I’m probably going to purchase this one after the holidays when I have more time to read it – I’m so curious about how the story ends! Lovely review – thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    1. Definitely give it a try Kelly – especially if you enjoyed Wolf by Wolf. It’s much different than the first book, and I’m curious to see what you think of it. 🙂

  2. I actually didn’t love Wolf by Wolf as much as I wanted, so I wonder if the shift in setting here would work better for me. Yael’s character was definitely the highlight of WBW, so I’m glad that it held out in the second book. Great review!!!


    1. I’m curious to see what you think of the second book CJ. Let me know your thoughts if you ever do end up giving it a try. 🙂

    1. My thoughts exactly! It was good, but was it great like Wolf by Wolf was? Not quite. Still a great end to the series though, regardless. 🙂

  3. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one as much as Wolf by Wolf! For me, the emotional intensity in this one made up for the stretches of hiding and waiting Yael was doing. 😀 Overall, I agree with you though – this was a satisfying conclusion to the duology!

  4. I have yet to pick up a book by this author, but I’ve seen positive things about Wolf by Wolf. Sorry the sequel didn’t quite live up to its predecessor, however – its always a shame when that happens!

  5. I’ve not read this or Wolf By Wolf, but the premise of each book sounds really interesting. I love historical fiction so I think I need to check them both out at some point. Great review!

    1. If you’re a historical fiction fan, you are going to LOVE this duology Suzanne. I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

  6. GAH I must read this series ASAP. I have the first book, so I really have no excuse not to start it! Sorry that it was lacking a bit in comparison to Wolf by Wolf, but I am glad it was at least a satisfying conclusion! Great review, I have to get this to the front of my TBR!

    1. YES YOU DO SHANNON. It is absolutely fantastic and I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did if you decide to read it.

  7. Ahhh sorry to hear that this wasn’t as exciting as Wolf by Wolf for you! I loved both books sooo much and I enjoyed Blood for Blood as an ending to the duology but I agree that it wasn’t as action-packed and exciting as the motocross race in Wolf by Wolf. Plus some characters who will not be named were just so ANNOYING.

  8. While I agree that Blood for Blood had much less action than the previous book, I still think that the character development was really on-point! This series has by far been my favorite from the author, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next for us!

  9. Ooh, I had no idea this was only a duology Zoe. I haven’t read book one as yet, but have it planned for the Christmas break seeing how well loved it is. It sounds incredible. Sounds like it might have been let down a little by the lack of action / adventure and is more about one character’s personal journey. Still really excited to start the series. Brilliant review Zoe darling <3 <3

    1. Thank you so much Keertana! Sorry you felt a little disappointed by this as well, but it was still a great ending to the series. 🙂

  10. I had no idea Wolf by Wolf was about the second world war. I am not hugely into historical fiction, although sometimes it’s great to read one to break up the genres that I usually read.

    Even though I haven’t read the first book, I can totally relate to what you mean about the travelling aspect not being so great in this one. I have found that a few sequels I’ve read focus on a journey, and while I can appreciate their meaning and importance, they never feel as interesting as the first book!

    I’m glad you liked this, despite some of the problems you had with it, Zoe!

  11. Great review! I recognize the book, but I didn’t know anything about it. It sounds really interesting though, and i love historical fiction, so this has definitely been added to my list.

  12. Glad you enjoyed this one so much! It looks awesome, and I’m looking forward to it even though I suspect that I’ll probably have the same issues with it that you did. I just want to get back to that world 😀 and I’m anticipating what else Ryan Graudin comes out with. Great review, and thanks for stopping by The Silver Words!

    1. Personally, I thought this was 100 times better than The Walled City so if you enjoyed TWC I can’t wait to see what you think of this one Lauren! 🙂

  13. Brilliant review, Zoe! I can definitely understand the reservations you had with this book; I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first as well. And, for me, I was especially upset with the ending because of a certain event. Sigh.

    And I don’t know why I just noticed… but did you change up your theme or the font? I like the new minimalistic look. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Summer! 🙂 It was definitely a good book and a nice ending to the series, but, like you said, it just wasn’t nearly as good as the first book.

      And I did – I’m so impressed you noticed! 🙂

  14. I absolutely adored Wolf By Wolf, but, like you, I didn’t love Blood for Blood quite as much. I mean, it was still good, but four-stars good, not THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN FIVE STARS FOR THIS BOOK like Wolf by Wolf was. And I don’t like the cover as much either.

    Thank you for pinpointing why I didn’t quite like as much…it all had to do with the characters. They just felt kind of different and less….tight, I guess, then they did in the first.

    1. EXACTLY. This was a great ending to the duology, but it isn’t nearly as good as Wolf by Wolf was. Sorry you weren’t quite blown away by it, but I’m glad you enjoyed it regardless. 🙂

  15. I can’t *wait* to read this! I looooved Wolf by Wolf (I should probably give it a re-read, come to think of it), so I’ve got high expectations for Blood by Blood. I’m kind of sad it’s only a duology, though – I find the world so fascinating!

    1. Wolf by Wolf is the best, right? <3 Like you said, the world is absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see what you think of this when you end up reading it! <3

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