Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

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 was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Amazing! This is hands down my new favorite shifter book. I absolutely loved it. I loved that it made me laugh out loud. I loved that it made me cry, more than once. I loved Ox and Joe, Carter and Kelly, Mark, Thomas, Elizabeth. I adored Gordo, Chris, Tanner and Rico. Most of all I loved TJ Klune's take on Shifters and the incredible story he told in the way only he can. It was in a way reminiscent of Bear and Otter which made me love it even more.

Ox was exceptional. He was a bit odd, but that was what made him such a special person. As I first started reading the book I wondered if Ox was maybe on the Spectrum. He was always describing the colors he saw in the world around him, he was a bit socially awkward and it was insinuated that people considered him slow. Of course, the further along I got the more it just made him unique. He was smarter than he thought, extremely brave, fiercely loyal and super sweet and funny. There was no way I could not fall in love with him.

Joe was so cute, when we first meet him he melted my heart and had me smiling like a loon. His energy and spirit belied what we learned happened to him the previous year. As he grew up, it was hard for me to imagine how he would be as a man but his character impressed me, even when he was making me sad and angry.

“Mom! Mom. You have to smell him! It’s like… like… I don’t even know what it’s like! I was walking in the woods to scope out our territory so I could be like Dad and then it was like… whoa. And then he was all standing there and he didn’t see me at first because I’m getting so good at hunting. I was all like rawr and grr but then I smelled it again and it was him and it was all kaboom! I don’t even know! I don’t even know! You gotta smell him and then tell me why it’s all candy canes and pinecones and epic and awesome.”

As far as their love story, it's definitely a slow burn. Their relationship starts off as friends, mindful of their age gap. The older they both grow, the stronger their bond grows but it's more of a deep friendship and mutual respect. It's obvious they belong together, but Ox needs to come to that conclusion on his own and it takes time to see Joe as more than the child he was when they met.  

Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY!  5 Stars!

***A copy of this book was provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

About the author: 

When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn't think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write. He recently went slightly insane and moved to the East Coast from the Sonoran Desert with his fiance and neurotic cat in tow. He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.

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