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‘If you want adventure, you have to march right up to it and kick it in the shins . . .’

At fourteen, barefoot and running wild, Rose is delighted to be apprenticed to Akiva, the witch of the forest. She thinks it will be all enchantment and excitement, and not so much fuss about baths. The reality is much more sober and practical- that is, until she meets a mysterious
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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published May 1st 2015
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Intisar Khanani
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun story by Gingell, though I felt the main villain was pretty one dimensional (but then, that's true in many books). The romance developed very gradually and sweetly, which was hilarious to read considering how hard one of the characters was trying to move things along. There was also the possibility of a love triangle, also done fabulously as our heroine is so wonderfully oblivious to such nonsense. Overall, while this is not one of my favorite reads by Gingell, I stayed up late ...more
Sylvia Mercedes
I basically love ANYTHING W.R. Gingell writes. Seriously. So I knew I would love this book.

I wasn't expecting it to be my FAVORITE Gingell book ever. But it was.

It's a bit of Diana Wynne Jones whimsy and romance mixed up with Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series. Which, anyone who knows my particular reading tastes, will know is a PERFECT fit for me. Gingell has her own unique voice, however, which sets her apart from both Jones and Pratchett. For one thing, she's always got more romance in
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Diane
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rose grows into a great woods-Warden in this fun [fairy]tale

When the book starts, Rose is very much a child, young even for her thirteen years, and at first I wasn't sure that Gingell would convince me that the girl was ready for a serious romance (HEA) by the time it happened, but the relationship between Rose and her dangerous wolf develops gradually while Rose herself develops knowledge and responsibility as Akiva's apprentice. She remains convinced for a long time, though, that the idea of
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Mariela
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Requested a copy of Wolfskin through Xpresso Book Tours for a Fair review, and I am glad I did!

I loved this book since the beginning . I requested it because of the cover, yes I am the kind of person that judges a book by the cover. And this cover is beautiful and it does justice to the story.
This is a high fantasy book. I love the characters, I love the forest. My favorite was Akiva that witch was so mysterious all the time and so grumpy .
Bastian : I loved him! his relationship with Rose was
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J.M. Stengl
Another favorite Gingell story, this one sort of a retelling of Red Riding Hood, and sort of its own thing. Which is good any way you look at it!

I loved Rose as the viewpoint character. She has so much personality--not all of it positive!--and is totally oblivious to the romantic intentions of the males in her life, all of which brings this story to life even while Rose is doing ordinary tasks around Akiva's cottage and starting to learn her place. I enjoyed the story arcs for her sister and
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Denae Christine
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reader thoughts: Oh, this was as good as the other Gingell books. I should go read them all.

I was skeptical about reading this book because it just didn't sound interesting. A tom-girl living in the forest? A cursed wolf? I had no idea there would be gryphons and wardens and leafy hood anchors and village dances with dryads and deep forest off the paths. I have no idea if there was much of a government or taxes or anything beyond the village and forest, but I loved the ideas the readers did see.
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Lana
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This book was lovely! I adore fairy tale retellings, and this one didn't disappoint. I enjoyed mainly Rose's personality, her stubbornness and constant crossness, but another thing that I really loved was the magic. It was interesting and new to me..."forest magic," but described much more deeply than that. Threads of magic running through the forest and nursery rhymes and all of it was wonderful. Not all of the rules/limits were explained, but I had the feeling the author knew them and
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Jen
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale
When I finished, I decided to try something else by Gingell. I decided on Wolfskin.

First, I need to mention that the Masque and Wolfskin are distinctly different in style. Both are retellings of familiar tales, but the approach is completely different. Wolfskin has a more traditional feel to it, and yet it, too, veers drastically from the original tale of Red Riding Hood.

Truthfully, Gingell's reimagining takes little more than the idea of a young girl and a dangerous wolf and develops an
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Jenny Koch
A lovely story loosely inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. I appreciated the fact that the romance was very, very slow to develop (given the heroine's young age and the hero's need for personal growth).
Andree
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Probably my least favourite W.R. Gingell, which is more of a compliment than it sounds. I still really like her writing style, and tone. This one just never quite comes together for me.

I loved parts of it. I loved the concept of forest wardens. Rose as apprentice forest warden is excellent, as is her apprenticeship to Akiva. I liked that she had a good relationship with her sister, but found Gwendolyn a bit irritating, in her perfect-traditional-daughter role (for lack of a better term). I also
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Jan
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a little trouble getting into the story, but once I did I loved it! I really like the way the author puts new twists to the Little Red Riding Hood story.
Ashley
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can see this and other reviews on my blog: Book Nerd Paradise

Honestly, in the beginning I was a little unsure about reading and reviewing Wolfskin by W.R Gingell. Now that I'm in my mid-20s (sigh... getting older) I tend to lean more toward stories with slightly older characters or NA fantasy. I find that I can relate more toward characters that are closer to my age.

So with that in mind, I did get a little frustrated with the main character and her childish reaction to things. She was a
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Julia
First of all for anyone curious about the reading length the reason why it took me so long to read this book is that my job too away any leisure reading that we could do when we are slow and so being at work an additional 3.5 hours each morning is a ruckus to my reading schedule.

Past personal life, though, the book had me caught with the idea that it a take of Little Red Riding Hood who is right now my fairytale heroine of the time. I was curious to see how this was going to turn out and if
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Kenley Davidson
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fairly picky reader, so I often close a book feeling a slightly unsatisfied and wanting just a little something "more." Not this time. Wolfskin is probably one of the best books I've read in the past year, and I am very glad to have discovered this lovely retelling of what seemed to be a blend of two familiar fairy tales -- Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White and Rose Red.

The most charming and magical thing about this story is its protagonist, Rose, who may have spent much of the first
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Kathryn
I found this to be a very fun read. It's basically a fairy tale retelling of Red Riding Hood with a little bit of Beauty and the Beast mixed in for good measure. Although the story starts with these very obvious roots, there's quite a lot of storytelling and author invention that take this retelling in different directions.

I would definitely put this under the YA umbrella, but that's not a bad thing. The protagonist, Rose, or Cutlass Rose as she would prefer, is introduced as a tomboyish young
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MB (What she read)
3.5 stars. I liked the forest setting.
Sage Knightly
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xpressoreads
Wolfskin is full of magic, witches, curses, power, action, romance, a cursed wolf, a bitter Enchantress, spells, growth, strength, trust, and bravery. It’s about a young girl seeking out adventure who becomes an apprentice to a witch, who ends up breaking the first part of a wolf’s curse, who learns spells and magic, and tries to figure out who is behind the missing Wardens and why they’re doing it. It’s about a fourteen year old girl maturing and growing into a young woman who finds love, ...more
Barbara Douglas
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well-written, highly enjoyable fairy-tale with an original plot. Witches, beasts, true-love curses and mysterious forests and all, the plot, while adhering ultimately to the basic tenets of fairy-tales, still holds several surprising twists and turns. The characters are enjoyable, the heroine is not feeble, and the hero has some flaws, so rejoice.
I highly recommend this story. It will not change your life, but it will provide a pleasurable read (provided you don't require massive amounts of
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Fides Mabanta
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More please!

This is my third book by W.R. Gingell - she does fairytales like NO OTHER & this is my favorite, yet! You think you know how a story will go but you will pleasantly be surprised at all the fun twists & turns the storytelling takes. ;) In fact, with each book so far there was never any time for me to contemplate what I actually thought of the books since I was too busy enjoying them, until each ending - in which I'd feel very satisfied, aside from wanting another new story by
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Christa Schönmann Abbühl
This was very much my thing: a fairy tale retelling, forest magic, a young rebel of a witch and a cursed wolf. Entertaining, romantic, magical. Loved the main characters, especially the young witch. Would love to read many more books about her. But sadly there is no need, as all is well in the end. I cannot say that the magic and the plot is always logical, and the way the heroine learns stuff is kind of random. But it did not bother me at all, I just liked the story so much. Would make a ...more
Jenn
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, I've thoroughly enjoyed one of W.R. Gingell tales. This was delightful, and I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

I also truly appreciate that so far, the hero of each story I've read by Gingell has been a smart and intelligent female with a most excellent personality. It's quite nice to read books that not only pass the Bechtel test, but do so with flying colors.
Frank Bertino
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Smooth Flowing Action and Plot

I like the characters especially Rose and Bastian. The maturation of the Little Witch Rose is humorous and compelling. The intermix of characters is homogenous. I really liked that after much travail we have a fairy tale ending. It is much in keeping with the type of magic Rose used.
Rebecca McNutt
I first thought that Wolfskin was a werewolf novel but it's actually more in the fantasy genre, with very similar material to the work of Studio Ghibli. It was fast-paced and exciting, and magical yet down-to-earth as well.
Katie
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness!! Can I just go and live in the forest now?! This was such a fun book! From start to finish. Adventurous, magical, with a bit of romance!
JoAnn Arnold
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative twist on Red Riding Hood.
Ann Brookens
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book

Rose, the protagonist, is a delightfully tomboyish 14 year old who doesn't care about boys or clothes or homemaking and wants to be a dreaded pirate when she grows up. Instead, she is apprenticed to the village witch, which is the next best thing. Her new mistress, on the other hand, is not merely a witch, but also one of the six guardians of the Forest. Rose also meets an enchanted wolf. She has lots of adventures as she learns the Forest and tried to figure out how to
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Victoire
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author is impressing me more and more! I loved this book a very clever almost red riding hood plot! I was never bored there was always something interesting that she was doing especially during huge passages of time. I like that the romance was not the main plot and that there were a good number of side plots it was very skillfully done. My only complaint is why this author uses unnecessarily large words it doesn't exactly do anything for the story except seem out of place. Besides that ...more
Maghon Thomas
I thought something so different when I first read the synopsis, but I loved this book. LOL I like that, when things go better than expectations. This is the story of a girl, who apprentices with a witch, who isn't something extra special outright, but because she works hard, cares for others, and her surrounding, she becomes great. She does great things. And in the process, she finds herself, her home, and someone to share it with. Seriously, good story!!

Rose is 14 years old at the start of
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C.J. Anaya
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love W.R. Gingell, and I am convinced that she can do no wrong. After reading her book, Masque, I jumped at the chance to join her book blog tour for Wolfskin, an impressive retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I was not disappointed in the least. This book was full of magic, mystery, delightful three-dimensional, characters, romance and a dark curse only Rose is capable of breaking.

The world building in this book was nothing short of remarkable. I was completely enamored with the laws that
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Amy Shelton
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Xpresso in change for a fair and honest review.*
When one tries to do good and in turn causes more problems or brings evil into their life, it makes things difficult. Rose knows just that feeling when she was trying to be kind to help Bastian. She in turns invites an enemy into her life and mysterious disappearances start occurring. Rose and Bastian must get to the bottom of it before it
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W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who is definitely not getting old. She loves to rewrite fairytales with a twist or two—and a murder or three—and original fantasy where dragons, enchantresses, and other magical creatures abound. Occasionally she will also dip her toes into the waters of SciFi.

W.R. spends her time reading, drinking an inordinate amount of tea, and slouching in front of the fire
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