Hello and happy December! Today I’m part of the book tour for A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton so keep reading if you’d like to hear more about this whimsical middle grade fantasy book, read my review and check out my moodboard!
- Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
- Publisher: Random House Children’s – Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publishing Date: December 1, 2020
Synopsis: The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.
Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.
Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!
Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch’s help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga’s form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all.
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A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton is the magical tale of a brave little girl Nadya, the witch Baba Yaga, and the wolf Zima – all of whom loved the forest very much and were willing to risk everything to protect it.
This story is very engrossing, from the beautiful descriptive writing to all the main characters – each representing and dealing with different issues. This book deals with family, the bonds and love between these characters as well as found family. It deals with perception, fear of the unknown, and the will to make a change, and fight for what’s right. I loved the message.
And I found that I particularly enjoyed Zima’s chapters. It was interesting to read from the perspective of a wolf, who somehow seemed the most mature and logical character in the book.
The writing style of this book was one of my favorite aspects. It was so easy to imagine everything going on and thanks to the beautiful little illustrations, I’d sometimes picture it in my head like an animation movie.
I have to admit, this book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It felt more like a children’s book more than a middle-grade fantasy story. The plot and conflict were a bit too simple and obvious, I didn’t quite feel excited or thrilled.
Overall, I enjoyed A Wolf for a Spell. It was whimsical, lovely and I loved the sentiment. But it was a bit too young for me to completely love it. In a way, this book really reminded me of Uprooted by Naomi Novik so if you liked this one and enjoy YA fantasy, I would recommend this one. (And of Howl’s Moving Castle as well!)
With that being said I give it ⭐⭐⭐.5 // Here is my moodboard (which gives this book a far more sinister forest vibe than it actually has though I loved making it).
About the Author
Karah Sutton has loved Baba Yaga, ballet, and blini ever since she had to do a research project on her Russian heritage in the third grade. Her hunger for adventure inspired her to move from Kentucky to New Zealand, where it was rumored she would find talking trees and the occasional wood elf. Karah spent four years as a bookseller before she turned to writing her own fiction. A Wolf For a A Spell is her first novel.
About the Tour
There are a number of talented bloggers and bookstagrammers taking part in this book tour so please go check them out and the schedule for more information. This tour is hosted by TBRANDBEYONDtours and it will run from December 1st – 8th.