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Don't Call the Wolf

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  167 reviews
A forest, besieged. A queen, unyielding. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Holly Black will devour this deliciously dark Eastern European–inspired YA fantasy debut.

When the Golden Dragon descended on the forest of Kamiena, a horde of monsters followed in its wake.

Ren, the forest’s young queen, is slowly losing her battle against them. Until she rescues Lukasz—the last survivor of
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Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Miranda Reads
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The Written Review
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Five stars all the way!

"Evil wrapped itself around the little village. Evil walked the crumbling streets…It looked down from the rafters with glowing eyes"
Ren, the seventeen-year-old forest Queen, spent her entire life fighting monsters in her forest and protecting the remaining human villages within its bounds.
And then, from that darkness, r
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Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
"Don't call the wolf from the forest."

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I should have listened to the title of this book because, yikes, I was stunningly disappointed with this. It tries so hard to be a Leigh Bardugo-type fantasy but it ISN'T because there really is no definite, interest-grabbing plot. It tries so hard to be super magical but ends up throwing too many creatures and myths at you without taking time to develop them into the world of this book . . . which even then the world isn't that greatly-written, either.
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
THIS BETTER BE GOOD OR MY POLISH ASS IS SUING

edit: the author is actually polish so this is giving me much more hope !
Candace Robinson
Eh, so while I loved the cover for one this so much, I was a bit confused by this world! Lovely writing but just very confused.
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
The Glass Mountain was one of my FAVORITE fairytales growing up and I can't wait for this... omg need
Umairah | Sereadipity
Don't Call the Wolf was a story inspired by Polish mythology with all the wisp-like trappings of a fairy tale. The ambiance of the monster-ridden forest and the themes of fate, loyalty and kindness drew me in and I was enjoying it until the last few chapters where I felt let down by an ending that was too rushed and didn't make that much sense.

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5

Ren was the human-lynx shifter queen of her forest, fighting a losing battle against the monsters and the Golden Dra
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Probably the one thing you should know is that Aleksandra Ross can WRITE. The prose in Don’t Call the Wolf is absolutely gorgeous, dark and lyrical without being purple, like (dare I say it) Leigh Bardugo herself. The writing is basically most of the reason this book gets 4 stars.

In giving this rating, I’m forgiving a range of plot holes and clichés, which will be detailed below. The best way to think of this book is as a fairytale
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ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

Don't call the wolf tells us the story of Ren, a girl that is the Queen of the Forest and Lukasz, the last Wolf-Lord. In this world, Wolf-Lords are Dragon Slayers. Ren is a lynx shape-shifter and is trying to save her forest from the evil monsters plaguing it, especially the strzygi which are a sort of zombie creatures that are infesting the forest. Lucasz crosses paths with Ren in the forest and after that
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Jackie ϟ Bookseller
I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars: ★★★1/2☆

"Perhaps it is easier to believe some are born evil, rather than admit that predilection exists equally in every one of us."


A sweeping tale of interwoven Eastern-European myths, Don't Call the Wolf is a dark and romantic fantasy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy. With beautiful writing that brings to life not only unique characters but also a wor
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Breanna
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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ARC received through #booksfortrade on Twitter.

It’s no secret that I love any kind of fairytale retelling. Don’t Call the Wolf is a magnificent debut novel centered around a Polish fairytale, The Glass Mountain, full of adventurous quests, wolves, dragon hunters, and magical forests. I expected to really enjoy this book, but I did not expect to fall completely in love with the story.

“If ever you are lost, or alone, or frightened, remember that this is y
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Kaya
Feb 15, 2020 added it
okay but enemies-to-lovers will never not entice me.

RTC!

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A huge thank you to HarperTeen for the e-ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
USOM
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

In Don't Call the Wolf, I really liked the world building. There's dragons, which are always an instant-win for me, but also other Eastern European folklore creatures such as rusalkas and Baba Yaga. Told in dual POV, Don't Call the Wolf examines loyalty and family. There are questions of our origin and those who have been led astray. Unfortunately, the romance felt too disjointed and I
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Jackie
May 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
POLISH FOLKLORE!!!!! 2020 can‘t come fast enough
christina
This was entertaining and unique!

The world and lore building were really good and I loved the MC + her chosen family. However, I just think for a standalone novel it tried to incorporate too much, and came off too vague at times. Some of the lore just wasn't explained in enough detail. That said the first half of this book was great, but as the story progressed into insta-love territory and a lackluster ending -I had to give this one 3 stars. Overall, it was a good first novel and I would read
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Francesca ❆
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you so much HarperCollins for providing me a free copy through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.

This had potential, but sadly it needed more polish.

A reimagining of the polish fairytale The Glass Castle with a sprinkle of Eastern Europe lore.

CHARACTERS:
At first the two MCs were great.
We have Ren, a lynx shapeshifter raised in the cursed forest by a family of lynxes, who doesn’t know how to “behave” like a socially skilled human and can only “understand” the animals and the creatur
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Lexie
Jun 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
This is Polish folklore and my heritage is Polish so super interested! Hope it's good! The premise sounds intriguing.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Dragons, dragon-slayers and a half-human/half-monster queen? I'm in!
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received a copy through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: violence, death, loss of siblings, and disfiguration

What this review comes down to is that I wasn't in the right mood for this book.

It's very dense and has a lot going on, including switching POVs in chapters and there's very few tells of when they switch. It reminds me of Spinning Silver in that way, as well as it being focused on Slavic mythos. And there's a lot of that mythos in this book. Since I was reading an e-ARC, I
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Emma
Everything about this - the world, the characters - was absolutely lovely. And yet, I haven't been more bored reading a book in a long time.

Review to come // 3 stars
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
Aug 15, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Thank you HarperCollins and HarperTeen for the ARC.

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Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
3.75/5

This was more romance than action which isn't what I was expecting or TOTALLY wanting (which caused my brain to drift off a few times) but I actually enjoyed this. The main character and the romantic interest were definitely likable characters and I enjoyed their backstories.
BoMo
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3,5 stars

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
3.5/5

Polish folklore-inspired fantasy. Intriguing world but writing has some clarity issues. Confusing at times but enjoyed the characters, even if I didn’t always understand their intersecting histories/agendas. Needed more dragons
Madison Pierrie
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
ROMANCE IS CHEFS KISS. PLOT SUFFERED
Amanda
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Athena
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via Edelweiss. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.

This book is inspired by Polish folklore and is written by a Polish author. The world-building is rich, lush, and full of so many details you think you live among all those creatures. Many fantasy books have a good world-building, you may say, but they don't have this level of authenticity. When a writer writes a setting or a world-building based on their own cult
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Kimberly (Book Swoon)
My rating: 3.5 Stars

DON’T CALL THE WOLF by Aleksandra Ross is a YA standalone, fantasy inspired by Polish folklore filled with all sorts of dangerous, mythical creatures and a shape-shifting, forest-Queen who is fighting to keep them from taking over her kingdom.

When Ren rescues a young man in her forest from some devilishly, seductive Rusalki, the two form an unlikely alliance.

Lukasz—the last known survivor of a heroic regiment of dragon slayers agrees to slay the greatest monster of all: the
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Moona  M
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received and ARC, decided to try it out. Really didn't like it.
Emma
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs
I'm not quite sure what to make of Don't Call the Wolf. The story follows Ren, a girl who can turn into a lynx and is queen of the forest, and Lukasz, the last of a mythical line of warriors called Wolf-Lords. Both Ren and Lukasz want to rid the forest of the Golden Dragon, which has been causing destruction and bringing about the return of all sorts of terrible monsters. The book has a lot of fantasy elements but felt more like a zombie novel in terms of pacing and plot structures.

The world-bu
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