If & Then Thursday 6/15/2017

Happy Thursday everyone, and here is another If & Then Thursday

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

If you liked:

A great alternative fiction novel, set if Hitler won the war, dealing with a race in order to get close enough to Hitler to kill him.  It also does a good job at seeing a world in which the Axis powers has won.

Than you might like:

Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Why: Both books are set within alternative historical settings. While Leviathan has a more steampunk take on World War I, they still give us an exciting historical world to read about. They also both have great female characters in Deryn and Yael, who are both willing to get the job done.

 

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WWW Wednesday 1/4/17

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I loved the first book, Illuninae and this book is not disappointing. The unconventional narrative really makes the story stronger.

What did you recently finish?

My first read of 2017, and it was amazing. I gave it 4/5. Did a really good job at presenting us with an alternative history in which the Axis powers win the war.

What do you think you’ll read next?

One of the first books in my quest to read more diverse books, and its also set in Boston so that’s another plus. Its also a by a debut author, and I also heard really good things about it.

That’s my WWW. What books are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Wolf-by-Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Summary: 

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and I, or 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?

The Review:

One of the first books of 2017, or started in 2016 and than finished in 2017 so it counts. Also a good that I wanted to finally in 2017, and it didn’t disappoint.

I really like alternative historical fiction because it asks the “What if” questions in history. With this book it is “what if the Axis powers own WWII?” it reminded me a lot of Man in the High Castle, which is a show that I really like as well, which is also set in a world in which the Axis powers won WWII.

Yael, is a great female protagonist in the book. She reminded me a lot of Katniss with a little bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is a go getter who is willing to risk everything in order to achieve her mission which is to kill Hitler. I also like how the use of flashbacks added a lot more to her character and gave her more depth. You really see what she went through before she entered the race. She is also a shape shiftier and could change into any person she wants to, which is why she does the job of entering the race under another name.

The world-building is great, it really does a good job setting up a world in which the Axis powers won, and how it affects the characters of the world. The author did a great job setting up the what if story and providing details. She also did a good job at setting up the race and the rules of the race, and why Yael must enter and win the race. The race scenes in the book was also very engaging and did a good job at keeping the suspense throughout the book, and plot took a lot of twist and turns especially for a very simple plot.

The supporting characters are also great and well developed such as Felix, her “brother” who is also in the race. He is basically Yael’s emotional support and you get a pick at their relationship even though Yael is playing someone else she still tries to have that relationship with Felix. Another is Luka, who is a rival racer. Even though you kinda see where his character is going in terms of arcs, but he was a good character overall and I actually did like their relationship even though at points it was going to be a little predictable.

I also felt if I were to point out a negative it would be mainly the ending and how it ended kinda on a cliff hangar. I know a sequel has already been released, but my problem with the ending was that it had a a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up and I hope the sequel does that.

In the end, Wolf-by-Wolf does an amazing job with giving us an alternate view of the world in which the Axis powers rule. It had great and engaging characters, with a great story in which you want to see what happens next.

Grade: 4/5

Top 5 Wednesday: Books you finally want to read in 2017

Happy Wednesday everyone, and here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is:

December 7th – Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017
These are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!

I think I need to give myself a New Years resolution for books and why not address it in this topic.

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I remember hearing so many good things about it and have been putting off for many months, and hopefully once the year begins I could finally read this book because I am always looking to add more fantasy.

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The sequel to one of the best books I read this year, Illuminae loving that book and I definitely want to read more of the story. I loved how unconventional Illuminae was, and I heard the sequel is really good.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

I love alternative historical fiction, and this book keeps catching my eye at bookstores and libraries. The premise alone sounds amazing and I heard great things about the book.

Golden Son/Midnight Star by Pierce Brown

The sequels to Red Rising, one of my favorite books I read this year and of course I have to read the sequels. From what I here the sequels are as amazing as Red Rising and I want to see more of what the story has to tell.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I keep seeing this book at bookstores and the blogosphere and I have heard great things about. The premise sounds amazing and always wanted to read books within an Arabian setting.

Those are the books I want to read in 2017. Have you read any of the books on my list? What books do you want to read in 2017? Let me know in the comments below.