Beth Lewis: The Wolf Road

Fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperbackin the books i didn t read in a timely manner olympics this one is in the running for most shameful arenfail medal because i had this as an ARC and it sounded so great i meant to read it immediately but never got around to it and then when the hardcover came out i loved the cover so much i had to buy it even though i still hadn t read the ARC reasoning well maybe there were errors in the ARC and now i will read it as the author intended but i STILL didn t get to it and then when the paperback came out i loved that cover so much i was tempted to buy ANOTHER copy but i restrained myself because growth and now thanks to setting myself very specific 2019 reading goals i have finally read it and yeah it was as good as i d hopedit s a western themed novel set in the now even wildernessy wilderness of post Event canada where our young narrator elka discovers that the gruff man she only One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic knows as trapper the father figure who has been raising her for the past ten years is than just a facially tattooed woodsy loner he s a straight up monster a wanted man namedreagar she s been his ward and prot g since she was seven when a storm and storms are serious in post Event canada flung her or less on his doorstep separating her from her grandmother with whom she d been living since her parents left her to make their fortunes in the gold prospecting game leaving her with only vague memories and a letterwhen elka inadvertently learns the truth about her surrogate father from a formidable lady magistrate with a particular revenge bone to pick with him she decides to set out and find these long lost parents a journey through darkness and danger where she will learn the truth about the world beyond trapper s woods and wait for it AND ALSO ABOUT HERSELFif anyone needs taglines for lifetime original movies i will be in my trailer it s all the things i like wilderness survival vengeance epic journeys across uncompromising landscapes girls with potty mouths who are deadly with a The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City knife because say what you will about trapper he may have raised her rough but he raised her to survive in a world that barely managed to survive itself but it s also about nicer softer things coming of age and coming back to society and humanindness and trust when elka meets penelope theirs is a friendship born of literal life saving exchanges but they also have very complementary skill sets elka has all manner of survival skills and animal instincts but she s never had to learn social skills while penelope can read and navigate the civilized world and she nows how to manipulate which is a wholly human trait elka s only just learning about it s a win win book one part cat and mouse manhunt with blood and brutality one part finding a place in the world that doesn t reuire uite so much blood and brutality plus wolves and backwoods philosophy I don t much like roads Roads is some other man s path that people follow no uestion All my life I lived by rules of the forest and rules of myself One a them rules is don t go trusting another man s path No matter if that s a real one trodden into dirt or all them twists and turns his life has takenit s a gritty and funny and strong debut and i would really like to read her second book Bitter Sun although it looks like it hasn t been published in the US yet so i guess i can put it off for now AND THIS IS HOW THE SLIPPERY SLOPES HAPPENcome to my blog Novel is pert near perfect One slight complaint I got is that some parts is a mite hard to read Made my head spun they done did Cruise willin and the creek don t rise I might give er another read one day See what alls I might of misunderstood cuz it s writ all broke like Writing that first paragraph hurt my heart and soul I cannot fathom writing an entire novel like Beth Lewis wrote The Wolf Road I once wrote a story called Smitten in this style and to this day I want to go back and rewrite it In both my story and Lewis s novel the first person hick speak is warranted but Tom Cruise wept it s hard to read at times I honestly would ve given this five stars if I hadn t needed to reread entire paragraphs to figure out what the silly fuck Elka was saying Halfway through this novel it changes from The Road meets True Grit to The Revenant meets Calamity Jane I liked the first mash up better Now now brown cow I dig the fuck outta Doris Day and her goofy little western but I wasn t expecting the shift It was a wee bit jarring For 40% of the book I was left waiting for the story to switch back to the awesomesauce that was the first 50% Lewis finally brought everything home in terrific fashion but that doesn t change the fact that she had me worried for almost half the run time I actually look forward to rereading the novel just because I now what s coming now and I can sit back and enjoy the book for what it is instead of what I expected it to beThe ending is both emotionally powerful and fantastically written I was hovering around three stars until the final pages The novel paid off and left me wanting flip back to page one and start all over again the minute I flipped the final page Can t say that about many books In summation While the narrative style can be difficult to read at times and forced me to slow down or to reread certain sections I loved the characters and the chances the author took Elka was far from perfect and the Country MouseCity Mouse interactions in the middle were fun if a little unexpected and jarring But that s British Jihadism kinda my fault I expected one tone throughout and I got about three different tones Not necessarily a bad thing Just unexpectedFinal Judgment Finger lickin good Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a reviewElka doesn t much like people She don t trust em Raised in the woods by a man name a Trapper all shenows is the wild Her basic credo is one of common decency leave the forest as you found it Backward and illiterate Elka is going to need to employ the use of every survival skill she Virgin Widow knows when her world comes crashing down Spare and gritty this one All Inow is that one day all the maps became useless and we had to make our own The old uns called the day the Fall or the Reformation Nana said some down in the far south called it the Rapture Nana was a babe when it happened said her momma called it the Big Damn Stupid Set everything back to zeroAn event has happened that set the world back to a time with no technology Mother Nature is boss and seven year old Elka learns the hard way when her Nana is lost during a strong storm Elka ends up in the woods alone and starving She gets taken in by a reclusive man she calls Trapper Trapper teaches Elka all he Wife in Exchange knows about. True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serialiller and that she may be his next victimIn the remote wilds of a ravaged land Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven he has taught her how to hunt shoot set snares and start fires ev.

Hunting trapping and survival He makes sure she The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, knows to stay away from any person that she might run across out in the woodsHe never lets her go with him on those late night wolf hunts though One day after Elka has lived with him for years she finds out that the man she calls Daddy is a serialiller She takes off into the woods with just a Night And Day knife to escape from him Her parents had gone North when Elka was a baby to get rich from a gold rush She heads toward North to find them Told in the first person the book is completely inside Elka s head You might think that sounds boring but this book is anything but that Along the way Elka picks up a shadow in the form of a wolf that shows up when she seems to need him the worst She also falls for a man s pretty face She learns uickly to trust only herself Men got one hell of a weakness and when it ain t their arrogance it s the dangling bits She saves a woman from a bad fate and they tag up Agreeing to try andeep each other alive Penelope didn t have no fat on her no reserves for her body to live off tween meals If that was the price for beauty and the desire a men well hell you can Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow keep it Alive and ugly is better than pretty and deadThey are followed by a woman law officer that is determined to bring in Elka and Trapper who is following Elka on her journeyElka s character is haunted by demons but you can see that she does what she needs in order to survive Shenows what she wants and goes about getting it Smell a baconAin t nothing in this world like it Salt cured sliced thick line a juicy fat crisping up in the pan Anyone what tells you they don t like bacon is either stupid or lying Either way that ain t no one you can trustThis book is extremely dark and sometimes mystical There is my warning for the readers that are going to yell about how gross it getsCrap I loved this book 45 stars Monsters ain t real cept in The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid kids imaginations under the beds in the closets We live in a world a men and there ain t no good come out of tellin them they monsters Makes em think they ain t done nothin wrong that it s their nature and they can t do nothin to change that Callin em a monster makes em somethin different from the rest of us but they ain t They just men flesh and bone and blood Bad uns truth but men all the same Booksource Netgalley and bloggingforbooks in exchange for review My friend Zoeytron s review is hereshe didn t like it uite as much as I didbut I still luv her even if she read it wrong I found The Wolf Road to have a compelling and easy to read style The protagonist is one of the strongest females that I ve read and I found how she survived several early traumas to be mostly believable If you are looking for strong female characters and a variety of them you will enjoy this book This was a book that was hard to put down even if it strained my willful suspension of disbelief in several important places Grounding a story in reality is very important to me even when it s a fantasy or a futuristic tale A bit of that grounding and this would have been a five star read for me Inow a lot of readers will be able to coast past the things that bothered me For a fast and adventurous read with unusual characters this will be a good summer read for you With the world chock full of assholes I ve made a New Year s resolution to strive to play to my Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys kinder gentler nature One in which I m less apt to point fingers whenever my friends lead me astray Less likely to sling mud or poke fun or call names Less inclined to suggest that everything s ridiculous A new version of self where I can somehow resist the urge to belittle the trolls who posit opinions as facts Naw who am Iidding Where s the fun in that The Wolf Road is a post apocalyptic story set in the near future However after the events of the Damn Stupid that future appears like our recent past before the advent of electricity The story follows Elka a young girl passed off to her nana when her parents decided to head north in search of gold For the next seven years Elka and her nana eke out a meager existence in a rustic cabin in the deep woods until a massive thunderhead blows through one day and levels their home Her nana was out for a walk at the time and when she fails to return Elka seeks help She Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, knows the town is south and south is down so she walks down every hill she finds until she s horribly lost Eventually making her way downriver to another cabin where she meets Trapper a man who ll become something like a father to herAll of Trapper s attempts to track down her nana prove unsuccessful so he agrees to let her stay with him He ll teach her all the ways of the woods if she ll help out around the cabin and try to pull her own weight For the next ten years or so things go swimmingly until Elka travels to town one day and learns a disturbing secret about the man she thought shenew A secret powerful enough to leave her reeling And with the law asking uestions she can t rightly answer she reckons it s time to pack up and head north in search of her real family But the lawman s uestions won t be put off so easily and they re not the only ones hot on her trail So as you can probably guess from my introduction this was another book that most of my friends loved but of course I had a few issues with it The main one being that the ending was given away in the first chapter If you re ballsy enough to telegraph things to that extent you better blow me away with all the other elements of your story You better dazzle me with your wordsmithing amaze me with your character development fool me with a twisty narrative and hidden reveals rock my world with an earth shattering climax and a tear jerking resolution Ah maybe I was asking too much Then again this novel was marketed as True Grit meets The Road I also wasn t a fan of the narrative style a first person account from Elka s point of view As an uneducated na ve and extremely isolated young forest girl she tells her tale in a backwoods slang which eventually began to grate on my nerves Granted my tolerance for slang seems to coincide with my overall enjoyment of the story I ve read many stories where it never bothered me at all but here and in The Knife of Never Letting Go and parts of The Invisible Man that style annoyed me to no endLastly I want to briefly touch on character motivation Sorry but I just couldn t buy into Trapper s reasoning for hunting Elka or several of his actions during the chase Not to mention with the law in hot pursuit it would seem wise for Trapper to be hightailing it in the opposite direction This happened on page two so it s not much of a spoiler Elka you Life Changing Smiles know I don t mean you no harm His voice turned friendly I d never hurt my Elka He wandered around like a blind man trudging through the snow steam lifting off. Erything she needs to survive All shenows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles leaving men at the mercy of the elements and each other Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret Armed with no.

His body Always hot after a illing He was lean carved out of wood some say and but for the tattoos had a face you d take home to your mother He leaned up against a cottonwood tree panting to eep the cold out getting sick of hide and seek Could a Only a Whisper killed you a hundred times girlie he said slow Could a taken my pig sticker and cut you neck to navel while you slept Could a peeled your skin off easy as boiled trout I remembered all those years calling him Daddy and felt sickBottom line The story started with a bang then wound back the clock and spent the remainder of its time working its way back to the beginning Knowing the outcome detracted from the enjoyment of the chase and by the time the nasty revelations begin to flood in it was too little too late to salvage things for me SOME SPOILERS I sat high oak branch tween mynees and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow Pictures all over his face no skin left no just ink and blood Looking for me he was Always looking for me He left red drops in the white fallen from his fish Copper Lake Secrets knife Not fish blood though Man blood Boy blood Lad from Tucket lost his scalp to thatnife Scrap of hair and pink hung from the man s belt That was dripping too hot and fresh He d left the body in the thicket for the wolves to find It took me uite awhile to decide to read this book I wasn t interested in books about a trapper but this was seriously NOT what I was thinking not one bit Elka was found by Trapper when she was seven years old She had gotten swept up into a storm literally and dumped near his hut He decided to Brooklyn's Song keep her and teach her to live off the land Elka thought of him as a father figure Her parents had left her with her nana and set out to see if they could find gold in the North Well things happened and she ended up living with Trapper for years Until one day the one day she found out he was ailler He Men Are Like Waffles--Women Are Like Spaghetti Devotional Study Guide killed women and boys and whatever he felt I guess See he not only hunted animals he hunted people Elka found all of this out when he sent her to town to do some trading and there she saw a picture with Trapper on it She couldn t read so she had no idea what it said but a woman named Magistrate Lyon told Elka that he was ailler named Kreagar and she was looking for him Elka didn t believe her of course and went back home but when the coppers followed her and found the shack and some grisley things Kreagar had locked up in a box Elka had to believe She was shocked sad disgusted every feeling you could have with something like that Elka decided she was going to try to head up North and see if she could find her parents It was a long shot it being so many years but she was set on doing it This is a story about Elka s journey and being trailed the whole time by Magistrate Lyon who thought she was in on the Plain Jane The Hotshot killings Elka was trailed by Trapper as well Along the way Elka gets into some bad situations with people and almost with a bear She did make friends with a wolf and my heart soared at that part Elka had some trouble when she got to a town and boarded a boat that a NICE man helped her withyeah Some bad things happen but she also met Penelope whom she became close friends with and they helped each other Penelope could read and had smarts about her and she helped Elka find her folks but it wasn t the great family reunion she was hoping for Elka and Penelope tried to eke out a living in a cabin in the woods but there s always trouble coming The one good thing at the time that came out of it was that Elka actually talked to Magistrate Lyon and made a deal with her Penelope goes off to be with some other people and Elka is so alone she hasn t seen Wolf in awhile and is afraid he has left her too One day Penelope returns to give Elka some news She was so happy to see Penelope but it wasn t to last Penelope told Elka she had to go on the run again and it just made me so sad for this girl I mean don t get me wrong she s tough as nails Really tough as nails and can fend for herself in the woods but she was so lonely all of her life And she cussed like a sailor I mean it was the backwoods and no one cared about that stuff Elka was a great character to me and I loved her country dialect it read perfectly for me because she sounds like the little boy that was in the movie Sling Blade I just loved her it s that simple And just when Elka sets off alone she finds that she s not I would like to thank Blogging For Books for a print copy of this book in exchange for my honest reviewMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Trapper was my family even though I didn tnow a sure thing about him Trapper was the Family of Her Dreams kind a family you choose for yourself theind that gets closer n blood He was what I chose and I chose wrong An extraordinary novel dark and funny and full of wild energy First novel of this author Beth Lewis and well worth Find all of my reviews at True Grit meets The Road For maybe the first time in the history of ever the powers that be got it rightThe usual suspects get the credit blame for me reading this one It doesn t take much than that It s been like 36 hours since I have either been told how stupid I am or personally confirmed said stupidity so let me take a second to remind all of you Between the title and the cover and the amount of time it took me to actually read The Wolf Road my pitiful little brain had decided it was going to be a story inda like this one I m telling you So dumb The Wolf Road is a real mind bender Although you are told that the story takes place after The Damn Stupid and the Second Conflict the world building consisting of the main character s parents dumping her as a baby with her grandmother in order to participate in the gold rush and people living basically in wood shacks with no electricity and huntingforaging for food has your brain thinking of something like this But after you get the description of man who adopts for lack of a better term Elka after her gran passes It finally sinks in that this is a whole new Wild Wild West You now but not shitty like that oneAnd thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn when Elka finds out the truth about ol Trapper I suppose it ain t what s different now that s fearful I said it s what stayed the same I don t even Girls Night Out know what to say about this one I can tell you it s different from anything you ve read and the only reason it s getting 45 Stars instead of 5 is because I didn t read it during the winter so I couldn t uite get as cold and miserable as I should have ARC provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review Elka grew up in a world where nuclear bombs fell from the sky and poisoned the earth and the weather can turn deadly in a heartbeat In this apocalyptic landscape she found a home in the wilderness with a man she called Trapper and he was like a father to her. Thing but hernife and her wiles she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long lost parents But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight If she's going to survive she'll have to turn and confront not just him but the truth about what he's turned her int.

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Beth Lewis was raised in the wilds of Cornwall and split her childhood between books and the beach She has travelled extensively and has had close encounters with black bears killer whales and Great White sharks She has been at turns a bank cashier fire performer juggler and is currently a Commissioning Editor at a leading London publisher Her debut novel The Wolf Road was shortlisted