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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 otten 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 Out of This Orbit (Cosmic Soul Mates, 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 a killer He killed women and boys and whatever he felt Iuess 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 a killer 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 The War Planners Series 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 wasoing 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 killings Elka was trailed by Trapper as well Along the way Elka Glidepath (Max Fend, 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 sheot 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 The Complete Calvin and Hobbes [Box Set] 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 oneood thing at the time that came out of it was that Elka actually talked to Magistrate Lyon and made a deal with her Penelope Um Natal em Ardmore 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 toive Elka some news She was so happy to see Penelope but it wasn t to last Penelope told Elka she had to Skeletons go on the run again and it just made me so sad for thisirl I mean don t et 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 reat 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 fulfilling my 2019 oal 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 *hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperbackin the books i didn 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 reat i meant to read it immediately but never The Wolfs Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge 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 tet 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 The Draft growth and now thanks to setting myself very specific 2019 readingoals i have finally read it and yeah it was as Bible Prophecy 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 theruff 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 Yaratma Cesareti 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 herrandmother with whom she d "Been Living Since Her " living since her left her to make their fortunes in the The Astral Codex gold prospectingame 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 Here There Be Witches 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 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 knows 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 to 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 ritty 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. True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller narrated by a young irl 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 fires ev. ,
G 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 kinda my fault I expected one tone throughout and I Fake Mustache got about three different tones Not necessarily a bad thing Just unexpectedFinal Judgment Finger lickinood With the world chock full of assholes I ve made a New Year s resolution to strive to play to my kinder Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog 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 I kidding 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 youngirl passed off to her nana when her parents decided to head north in search of old 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 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 o swimmingly until Elka travels to town one day and learns a disturbing secret about the man she thought she knew 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 Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories 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 wasiven 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 Drawing Straws girl she tells her tale in a backwoods slang which eventually began torate 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 know I don t mean you no harm His voice turned friendly *I d never hurt my Elka He wandered around like a *d never hurt my Elka He wandered around like a 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 etting sick of hide and seek Could a killed you a hundred times irlie 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 Elka Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference 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 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 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 thatets 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 others expect 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 o trusting another man s path pg 85Elka instead forges her own road through the trees *And As She Goes Chooses *as she oes chooses 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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton get it back pg 73Written in first person narrative style The Wolf Road is a dystopian coming of age story with some 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 world. Thing but her knife 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 bodiesrows in her path Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little After the End girlo without a fight If she's oing to survive she'll have to turn and confront not just him but the truth about what he's turned her int. .
Beth Lewis ✓ 4 Summary.
The US yet so i uess i can put it off for now AND THIS IS HOW THE SLIPPERY SLOPES HAPPENcome to my blog 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 Septiņi 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 aood summer read for you 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 Nightbane World Book One got it rightThe usual suspectset 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 oing 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 randmother in order to participate in the old 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 et the description of man who adopts for lack of a better term Elka after her Legon Ascension (Legon Series 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 t even know what to say about this one I can tell you it s different from anything you ve read and the only reason it setting 45 Stars instead of 5 is because I didn t read it during the winter so I couldn t uite PMS get as cold and miserable as I should have ARC provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review 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 she knows is the wild Her basic credo is one of common decency leave the forest as you found it Backward and illiterate Elka isoing to need to employ the use of every survival skill she knows when her world comes crashing down 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 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 The Two of Swords 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 hero 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 to escape from him Her parents had Sinfully Damaged (Master Mistress, gone North when Elka was a baby toet rich from a old 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 whenin the form of a wolf that shows up when seems to need him the worst She also falls for a man s pretty face She learns uickly to trust only herself Men ot 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 each other alive Penelope didn t have no fat on her no reserves for her body to live off tween meals If that was Trapper was my family even though I didn t know a sure thing about him *Trapper was the kind a family you choose for yourself the kind that ets closer n blood He was what *was the kind a family you choose for yourself the kind that ets closer n blood He was what 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 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 Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! girl in the wilderness 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 been edited to a bit compact writingBut other than that a very entertainingreat story Unusual out of the boxI think this author has up her sleeve looking forward to that Underneath all that rime 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 Know Enough She Said Novel Is Pert Near Perfect " know enough she said Novel is pert near perfect slight complaint I ot 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 Štěky Broka Špindíry 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 too 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 The Blackmailed Secretary 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 heroofy 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 know 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 endin. Erything she needs to survive All she knows of the world outside is If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reducedovernments 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.