A reminder that Tammy Lash and I are hosting a facebook live Q&A on Friday, February 8th at 9 PM EST! You can join the party here. Not only will Tammy be there to answer questions, but Izzy, Jonathan, and Tubs have all been convinced to make an appearance and take questions as well!
Now, I have a special guest today, my dear sister, Sarah Grace with her own review of White Wolf.
This is the kind of book that rips your heart out, sends it on a roller coaster ride, stomps on it for good measure towards the end, then puts it back with an apology in the last chapter.
And I loved it.
Lash’s writing style is extremely unique, and while it took me a bit to get used to it, I quickly grew to love it. It is one of the main things that makes this book so wonderful. She combines the perfect amount of poetry and prose, as well as a dash of humor thrown in.
The characters are also what makes this story for me. Just wow! I immediately loved them all. (Well, except for that one. You know which one I’m talking about . . .) Izzy is a pampered, manipulative girl with a tragic backstory unknown to her, and is so honest, heartfelt, realistic, and unique. Jonathan has his own scars to deal with, yet he willingly takes on Izzy’s. He is selfless, kind, and incredibly tenderhearted, yet he is flawed and makes mistakes too. His gentle, tender heart is what drew me to him from the very first chapter.
Background characters such as Ms. Margaret, Alexander, Jefferson, Avery, Gitko, Mikonan, and Tubs are also so unique and your heart is drawn to each one. (Particularly Tubs . . . and Alexander . . . and Avery and Gikto and Mikonan.) I love character-driven stories, and this one is perfection!
The plot is a little slow-moving, and reveals secrets agonizingly slowly, but that only adds to the fun. There is so much pain, fear, and uncertainty in this story, yet it is also full of light, love, strength, and those little moments that tug tightly at your heartstrings. The character arcs throughout are masterfully done. Though not particularly suspenseful, you don’t want to put this one down! And while quite the tome at over 400 pages, I read it in about two days’ time.
A couple of my gripes would be that there was a few historical inaccuracies, particularly the dialogue that oftentimes sounded far too modern for a 17th century setting. I didn’t mind it too much except for in a few instances where it pulled me out of the story. There are also a few typos that pulled me out of the story as well.
Aside from those main two critiques, I loved this book. Because the story and characters are so amazing, those minor issues only pulled half a star off my rating. This book is well-worth the read despite them!
I think the main thing that struck me about this story is the passion and heart that is sewn into it so deeply. It is clear that Lash writes directly from the heart, and I love that. It is breathtakingly beautiful, honest and heartfelt.
All in in all, this is a fantastic debut novel, and I greatly look forward to reading more by this amazingly talented author! Highly recommended!
CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 14+ for violence and mild romance. There is mild romance sprinkled throughout, but it is very laid back, and not at all gratuitous. There is also some violence, including gun fights, and child abuse – barely detailed, and dealt in a very sensitive manner. Also some violence concerning slavery – very tastefully dealt with.
First Prize: One autographed paperback copy of White Wolf and the Ash Princess.
Second Prize: One Birch necklace inspired by the book and handmade by Tammy
Third Prize: One Birch Bookmark inspired by the book and handmade by Tammy.
To enter: follow the directions on the rafflecopter giveaway. I made this so anyone can enter, whether you have facebook or not.
Rules: Only open to USA entrants. But don’t despair if you are international. Tammy has graciously offered to giveaway one ebook copy to an international entrant!
Giveaway ends Midnight Easter Time zone, February 8th, the last day of the tour.
Enter away! There are many different ways to earn points!
Info on the author:
Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.
If you would like to connect with Tammy, here are all of the ways you can do so! If you have any questions or thoughts on the book, she would love it if you contacted her! Messages from readers are like chocolate. An author can never have too many!
Tour Schedule for the Day:
Lots more to come in the next few days! Be sure to check out the Facebook Party!
By God’s Grace,