Beth Lewis: The Wolf Road

Well hell you can 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 She knows 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 ither stupid or lying Either way that ain t no one you can trustThis book is Best Mechanic Ever 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 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 Makesm think they ain t done nothin wrong that it s their nature and they can t do nothin to change that Callin Dinosaur Dinners em a monster makesm 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 In His Blood exchange for review My friend Zoeytron s review is hereshe didn t like it uite as much as I didbut I still luv herven if she read it wrong I found The Wolf Road to have a compelling and Desert Kings (Deathlands, easy to read style The protagonist is one of the strongest females that I ve read and I found how she survived severalarly traumas to be mostly believable If you are looking for strong female characters and a variety of them you will An Officer and a Spy enjoy this book This was a book that was hard to put downven if it strained my willful suspension of disbelief in several important places Grounding a story in reality is very important to me Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, 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 I know 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 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 thatverything 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 I kidding Where s the fun in that The Wolf Road is a post apocalyptic story set in the near future However after the Ooko events of the Damn Stupid that future appears like our recent past before the advent oflectricity 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 Naked eke out a meagerxistence 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 knows the town is south and south is down so she walks down Shadow Scale (Seraphina, 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 she knew A secret powerfulnough 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 Claim The Crown 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 thending was given away in the first chapter If you re ballsy Nerds enough to telegraph things to thatxtent you better blow me away with all the other In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, 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 anarth 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 Bark extremely isolated young forest girl she tells her tale in a backwoods slang whichventually began to grate on my nerves Granted my tolerance for slang seems to coincide with my overall On Such a Full Sea 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 nondLastly 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 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 his body Always hot after a killing 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 keep the cold out getting sick of hide and seek Could a 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 Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! easy as boiled trout I remembered all those years calling him Daddy and fe. Erything she needs to survive All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmicvent 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 Cannibal elements andach other Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret Armed with no.

Fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book Mastered (The Enforcers, each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading longnough 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 karenfail 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 Man, Son of Man even though i still hadn t read the ARC reasoning well maybe there wererrors 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 Alter Ego even wildernessy wilderness of post Event canada where our young narratorlka discovers that the gruff man she only 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 named kreagar 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 lka 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 pic journeys across uncompromising landscapes girls with potty mouths who are deadly with a 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 human kindness and trust when Uncommon Wisdom elka meets penelope theirs is a friendship born of literal life savingxchanges but they also have very complementary skill sets Unseen City 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 knows how to manipulate which is a wholly human traitlka 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 Art 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 anntire novel like Beth Lewis wrote The Wolf Road I once wrote a story called Smitten in th Copy furnished by Net Galley in God Is in the Crowd exchange for a reviewElka doesn t much like people She don t trustm Raised in the woods by a man name a Trapper all she knows 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 Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard employ the use ofvery survival skill she knows when her world comes crashing down Spare and gritty this one All I know 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 The Matriarchs (The Family everything back to zeroAnvent 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 Notes for the Everlost ends up in the woods alone and starving She gets taken in by a reclusive man she calls Trapper Trapper teaches Elka all he knows about hunting trapping and survival He makes sure she 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 serial killer She takes off into the woods with just a knife toscape 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 and keep When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) 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. 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 serial killer 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 firesv.

Lt 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 No Biggy! 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 my knees 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 knife Not fish blood though Man blood Boy blood Lad from Tucket lost his scalp to that knife 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 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 Trapper was my familyven though I didn t know a sure thing about him Trapper was the kind a family you choose for yourself the kind that gets closer n blood He was what I chose and I chose wrong An Crush It! extraordinary novel dark and funny and full of wildnergy First novel of this author Beth Lewis and well worth reading It is an apocalyptic story although it does not feel that way and it is hardly noticeable it is not the main part of the story It is a novel about a girl in the wilderness Attracting Birds to Your Backyard escaping and then hunting Trapper the man who saved her in the wilderness and took her in the man who killed women and children Only comment I have is that I feel the book could have beendited to a bit compact writingBut other than that a very Deep Listening entertaining great story Unusual out of the boxI think this author has up her sleeve looking forward to that Underneath all that grime she said smearing a spot a dirt on my cheek with her finger you re a diamond Elka clear and tough and priceless But you don t know I said in no n a whisper I knownough she said Find all of my reviews at True Grit meets The Road For maybe the first time in the history of Bird-by-Bird Gardening 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 haveither 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 kinda 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 The Works of Saint Augustine 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 know 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 tven 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 Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone exchange for an honest review Elka grew up in a world where nuclear bombs fell from the sky and poisoned thearth 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 Turns out there was a dark side to the person who fed and sheltered Elka Now Elka has to find her real parents who went north years before And she has to hurry because if Trapper finds her first something terrible will happen Trapper was my family My Teacher Is a Robot even though I didn t know a sure thing about him but I figured uick i didn t know much bout my parents and they was kin Trapper was the kind a family you choose for yourself the kind that gets closer n blood pg 21The title of the book speaks to Elka s disdain for taking the regular road through the wilderness in her world that s where the predators find you It s also a metaphor for living the life you want to live not the one that othersxpect for you 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 pg 85Elka instead forges her own road through the trees and as she goes chooses a new family including a beautiful young woman with a background as mysterious as Elka s own and a lone wolf who appears one day out of the blue But she doesn t trust her own choices because she made such a terrible one by relying on the monster she called Trapper He bolted up stood tall and kinglike towering above me Felt like I d lost a piece of me in that moment like that wolf had stolen something and I had to stick with him always to make sure I d get it back pg 73Written in first person narrative style The Wolf Road is a dystopian coming of age story with some Supper Club elements of horror and mystery I found the opening to be a bit slow but was swept up in the plot as the story progressed and Elka remembered certain details she had forgotten from her uniue childhoodRecommended for readers who like the thrills and chills of dystopian worlds. Thing but her knife and her wiles she decides toscape 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