Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell w Giveaway!

Hi everyone, welcome to The Wolfskin blog tour!

WolfskinBook & Author Details:

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Publication date: May 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

‘If you want adventure, you have to march right up to it and kick it in the shins . . .’
At fourteen, barefoot and running wild, Rose is delighted to be apprenticed to Akiva, the witch of the forest. She thinks it will be all enchantment and excitement, and not so much fuss about baths. The reality is much more sober and practical- that is, until she meets a mysterious wolf in the forest and is tricked into stepping off the path . . .
In young, naive Rose, Bastian sees a way of escape. Cursed to remain in the shape of a wolf after running afoul of a powerful enchantress, he has lived many decades under a spell, and now he is both desperate and ruthless. But by breaking part of Bastian’s curse, Rose has caught the attention of Cassandra, the enchantress who cursed him: and Cassandra is by no means ready to forgive and forget.
Meanwhile, wardens have been disappearing from the forest, one by one. Rose is certain that Cassandra is behind the disappearances, but can she and Bastian get to the bottom of the matter before Akiva disappears as well? And are Bastian’s motives entirely to be trusted?
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest.


My Review

I thought something so different when I first read the synopsis, but I loved this book. LOL I like that, when things go better than expectations. This is the story of a girl, who apprentices with a witch, who isn't something extra special outright, but because she works hard, cares for others, and her surrounding, she becomes great. She does great things. And in the process, she finds herself, her home, and someone to share it with. Seriously, good story!! 

Rose is 14 years old at the start of the book. She's the older, not so pretty, tomboy who would rather climb trees, hunt, be dirty, than be pretty, learn to cook and think of marriage. Actually, she is so dead set against marriage that she says she'll become a pirate so she doesn't have to marry. HA! I loved her. She is hilarious, she gets mad at herself but never gives up. She worries about the land where she lives, her family, the animals in the forest. And of course, the wolf with a curse who can talk. She is sent to her mom's friend, who is the witch to learn. She wanted so bad to see magic, that she forgot to pay attention where the magic was really happening. Until it's thrown into her face, because of that wolf. Bastian. He's something. So she becomes Little Red Riding Hood. Except her hood isn't red, and the wolf no longer wants to eat her, but to use her to break his curse. And his cursor is really mad that she is actually breaking parts of his curse, so she now has another witch after her and all she wants is to learn. 

The characters are so much a big part of this story. I loved Bastian. Just wait, you will too. I really liked Gilbert, and I felt bad for him, but I won't tell you why. Her sister Gwen is funny, because she's so oblivious to anything other than herself, being pretty because boys fall at her feet for it. Her mom is awesome. And my favorite character is Akiva, the witch. I thought she was fantastic. She teaches Rose so much more than magic. And I thought it was hilarious how she taught her. And the plot in the back ground of the curse and the other witches going missing made it so much more. Mystery, action, suspense as well as light hearted fun and antics and little self discoveries.

The writing is well done. There's a great deal of realization that was put into descriptions that made me feel like I really was in that time. Before... I loved the concept of the big bad wolf. But not really. I enjoyed seeing three years of Rose's life change her, watch her grow, and see how she affected more people around her than she ever imaged she would. I would love to see more, though this is a stand alone. It was a beautiful story, and like always, when I love something, I want more. It worked out so well though. Everything turned out magnificent. So with that said, 5 MAGICAL PAWS!! 

W.R Gingell is a Tasmanian author who enjoys reading, bacon, and slouching in front of the fire to write.

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