I’ve been reading this book forever because I would put it down and pick up another but once I actually got into it, I read it in like 4 hours. This book is so interesting and fast-paced that once you start reading it, you can’t really stop because you are so invested in what happens to the characters
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler, and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
I really loved reading about Yael and I felt so deeply for her when reading about her struggles. She is bad ass but also so damaged it makes my heart ache. I wanted to kill everyone that was doing her harm and everyone that made her into the women she became. That being said, she took what they did to her and turned it into something she used to her advantage.
I’m not sure about the love story I see forming because of who it’s with, and the fact that I’ve heard about a potential love triangle in the next book. As I’m sure you know, I love love stories but sometimes they’re just not the best or they’re with people who don’t really seem to fit. I think that’s the way this next book is going to go. This book should be more pulled by the action instead of a potential love story.
This book does jump from present to past but it flows exceptionally well. It never felt like an afterthought, it was something that fit and added insight to the story. I really enjoyed reading about Yaels youth and her family dynamic. I guess it could be said that I enjoyed that a little more than the race portions of the book but I can’t really be sure.
I think I’m going to pick up the second book but that all depends on what books are coming out whenever I end up at the bookstore again. If any of you have read Blood by Blood, feel free to leave your thoughts about it in the comments because I’m still on the fence.
I do think I would end up recommending this book to people, especially if they’re interested in any type of historical book. This book is finally out in paperback and this means that more people will be interested in buying it because it is a little cheaper.