Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish ...more
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This was a superbly clever novel that used recognisable fairy tale imagery to depict the harsh reality of mental illness. Protagonist, Milly, is both heroine and sufferer. She guides the reader through her world of fear and mistrust and, through her eyes, we begin to see and to feel that whilst all that haunts her might be in her head i ...more
"The Breakfast Club meets Grimm's Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward"
Just reading that drew me in and I had to read it!
I don't want to say too much about the story because I feel like you need you need to go into this story with an open mind and let it develop and unfold as you read
But what I will say this....
I was expecting it to be more of a paranormal read but it went in a different direction. However, i ...more
This was a really unique and nice take on mental health. The stories of these characters are told and explained through the use of fairy tales, which was a really nice touch, and I think it may help with making it feel more real to readers with no mental illness experiences. As Albus Dumbledore said, "Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean it's not real?" I feel like that quote really connects to Counting Wolves.
While the blurb makes this boo ...more
Yes, fairy tales are a huge part of Molly's story and so is her mental illness. I don't want to spoil anything for you in this book but it is intriguing, eye opening and life changing. It will stick with you. I highly recommend this novel, you won't be disappointed! I absolutely loved this book!
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5 glorious stars!!!
Okay, deep breaths before I start actually writing a review for this book. I just have to say, I so did not expect this book to turn out the way it did. I was expecting a retelling of the fairytales with a twist. But, it took me completely by surprise and in an amazing way. So, as you can see there are all smiles here. :D
Firstly, I absolutely loved the concept of the no ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Counting Wolves tells the story of Milly, who is committed to an adolescent psych ward after she passes out from a panic attack.
The characters were really interesting and touching. The story was captivating, I couldn’t put it down. I really empathized with Millie and she even made me doubt what was real or not.
I’m not sure how accurate the portrayal of OCD was but the anxiety portrayal seemed relevant to me, it real ...more
Committed to an adolescent psych ward due to her OCD, Milly blames it all on her stepmother who is in league with the wolf stalking her night and day. Kept from the safety of her room, Milly is forced to interact with Red, Pig, Vanet, Peter and the mysterious Wolfgang, each with their own connections to the Dark Wood. As she learns to use other tools to replace her counting Milly uncovers the truths of the fairy tales that her mother left behind ...more
Why is it always the damn stepmother? The evil stepmother who betrays me and Snow White and poor Gretel- and who won't let me leave the ER. And all these doors.
This book was NOTHING like I expected and it will stay with me for as long as I live.
Ugh there is so much I want to say about this book but I don't want to give anything away! I don't want to take the magic away from any reader who will pick this book up. Because that is was this book was to me. Magic.
I can promise you that when you ...more
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There once was a girl who was the wolf’s coveted meal.
In Counting Wolves the reader follows Milly as she battles the wolf, keen on ripping her to shreds. The only way to protect herself is to cast a spell, like her mother taught her, by counting to 100 before she speaks, before she walks through doors, before she eats and to chew. She's been handling this all pretty well. Yeah she's lost some fri ...more
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 3
Release Date: August 14th 2017
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.
I’m going to do an updated review for Counting Wolves once I get my hands on a finished copy and find the time to read it, because I think this one deserves a second chance. I think the reason this is only getting 3 stars is mainly bec ...more
I am so glad I purchased this book for my library. It is so different from any other teen book dealing with mental illness, that I have ever read. It's heartbreaking, clever, and funny all at the same time. There are times when you will think that maybe you shouldn't be laughing, but you won't be able to help yourself. I love how the author intertwines fairy tales with the main character's mental illness and ties it all ...more
I like how th ...more
Romila "Milly" has to count to one hundred before she does the majority of things in her life. Entering through doors, taki ...more
Romila (though she prefers Milly) is a counter. She always has to count to 100 (never more, never less) to walk through doorways, to take bites of her food, before she talks... all to keep the wolf away. The stress of counting at school catches up with her, causing her to faint and get sent to the hospital. The doctors and Adriana (Milly's stepmother) decide it is best for her to stay at a psych ward when all Milly wants to do is go home and ...more
The main character is Millie, and Stewart has given her voice the resonates with the world of the mentally ill. She is likable, smart, and seriously mentally ill. I loved the way that Stewart weaves the images in Millie's mind. You can feel how intense everything is and how she really doesn't understand. The characters at school, ...more
I LOVED the concept. I liked Milly, Vanet was interesting but I felt like he could have been developed more. I love the twist at the end but there was a lot of foreshadowing that dulled the impact of the final reveal. I also think Milly came around to self-realization far to quickly. Especially in highly stressed and violent situations, it didn't seem plausible for someone who hopped through ...more
Wow! This is the second book I have read by Michael F. Stewart and I'm quickly becoming a fan. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started but it's been a while since I've finished a book so quickly. I literally could not put this down. I laughed, then felt bad for laughing, then figured it was ok... We are all crazy in our own way! I loved the characters! They each have their own set of issues to deal with and that is what made me love them. So w ...more
I love this book for how it challenged mental health as a whole! The characte ...more
Depressing but thought provoking, Counting Wolves keeps the reader unsure of reality as the main character struggles to hold back the evil realm of the Dark Wood that wants to destroy everything. Now locked up in the mental ward, the evil Wolf increases its stalking and gets closer then ever to destroying Milly. With her in the ward are many other fairytale themed psychos: Tink, Red, Pig, Wolf and Vanet. As the struggle continues, Milly struggles to figure out what is real, and what is all in h ...more
What Counting Wolves really is about is Milly and ho ...more
ARC of Counting Wolves provided through Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review.
Counting Wolves was such an amazing surprise! When I first started reading this book I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but I did not expect the awesomeness that unfolded page after page!
In the synopsis, it does not say why Milly is in the psych ward so unfortunately, I can't dive into that part of her cha...more
This is a really different but unique fairy tale retelling. I guess I should say fairy tales, actually, since there are so many different ones mixed in there. There's Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, the Three Little Pigs, and Cinderella, to name a few. The characters taken from these stories are really easy to identify, but that doesn't make th ...more
I knew this book was going to be extraordinary, before I even started reading! Its unique storyline is enough to draw you in and make you want to keep reading. It's also quite unpredictable and you might end up getting lost in its complicated nature. The characters themselves are some of the weirdest - in a good way - and most fascinating people I've read about recently and I immensely enjoyed ...more
To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart. ...more
“I’m dead,” he says in a dull monotone.
“Pardon me?” Adriana asks, but he keeps staring at me.
“You’re dead, too. Look at your veins. They’re blue.” He points at my forearms where dark veins run their lengths. “You’re rotting like me.”
I glance to Adriana, hands clasped and praying that she won’t leave me here.
Adriana’s stopped crying now and squints at the boy before standing to pull closed the curtain that rings my cot. “Crazy,” she says with an uncertain smile. “You’re not rotting.”
. . . ninety-nine, one hundred . “No,” I reply. “But I will if you leave me here.”