Happy Sunday everybody! Hope you’re all staying safe. It’s been a really stressful week for me (healthcare is not the calmest profession to be in right now, to say the least) so sorry for missing some posts! However, I’ve got tomorrow and Tuesday off (fingers crossed), so hopefully I’ll have some time to rest and relax. Now that everybody is in quarantine mode, it’s the perfect time to catch up on your TBR and enjoy some good snacks while you’re at it.
4.5/5 stars to Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox finds himself drawn to the mysterious Bennett family when they move into the empty house down the road, where a young boy who hasn’t spoken in two years runs to him and tells him he smells of candy canes and pinecones, epic and awesome. He soon discovers that werewolves and witches are real, that they’ve been living beside him in secret this whole time, and that he is part of their pack.
Please note that there are several scenes throughout this book/series with rather graphic violence that may be disturbing for some readers, but they can be easily skimmed without losing the plot. Additionally, there are deaths of some major side characters. Feel free to message me for details/spoilers.
An achingly sweet story about found family and the ties that bind people together. Ox has a heart of pure gold and all he wants is to keep his family, his pack, safe, no matter the cost. He’s loyal, almost to a fault, and simple in his wants and beliefs in that he sees the world plainly, without digging into possible hidden meanings or misconceptions. The story is told from his point of view, and the writing reflects his thoughts in the simple, short sentences, making it easy to read, as well as to experience things as he does. You feel his pain, his grief, and his joy right alongside him. His relationships with the other characters, and their relationships with each other, are complex, deep, and wonderful. The chemistry between Ox and Joe is undeniable, and their love for each other is so heartbreakingly overwhelming and consuming. The way they interact is so real; when they hurt each other, there is pain and anger and resentment, followed by slow, tentative forgiveness. You see this as well in the secondary characters and their relationships, and Ravensong (book 2) explores the relationship between Gordo and Mark, told from Gordo’s point of view.
One thing that did get a little tiring was all the repetition that happens in this book. I am all for recurring themes and what-not, but it did get a little old to hear “candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome” over and over again throughout the story, as well as other little snippets and scenes. Additionally, at times, the short sentences, while effective, felt stilted and choppy. However, this did not detract from my overall experience with the book.
This is also a story about loss, grief, and moving on. It’s about how ties to family, blood-related or not, are stronger than anything else, and in a scary, uncertain time like this, it’s absolutely what I needed. This book made me cry and laugh and hurt in all the best ways.
That’s it from me for now! Hope that everybody has a good week ahead of them. As always, feel free to reach out to me on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads) if you wanna chat about books, or anything else really.
With love, Pei