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A Place for Wolves

2.94  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  98 reviews
"This book is YA gold; a tension-filled war setting, beautiful young love, family strength and all heart. Read it today!"--Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Speak

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Code Name Verity in this heartbreaking and poignant story of survival.

James Mills isn't sure he can forgive his parents f
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Tamera Cook
I have to be absolutely fucking honest here, everybody. I’ve never been so disgusted in my life.

I’m going to give you a bit of a history lesson. It is going to be extremely summarized, because I don’t have the space to give you all the information in great detail. If you want to know more—and you should—I would encourage you to do some research yourself.

In the 90s, Yugoslavia broke apart into various different nation states. One of the states that wanted independence was Kosovo. Right beneath Ko
Maria Hossain
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: earc
I’m a bit conflicted with this book. I started it with much enthusiasm, since the book sounded really awesome and I was surprised NetGalley granted me an eARC. But about 37% into the book, the enthusiasm dimmed down.

Because of one big problematic aspect that glared down at me as I raced to finish this book.

Okay spoilers galore, please read it with caution.

The book started with the protagonist, a black gay teen, James Mills writing a letter to his sister, Anna (who was in America the entirety of
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This review and this one perfectly sum up why I’m no longer comfortable reading this book. I was excited for the own-voice queer rep, but I had no idea about the things detailed in the review I linked. It’s VERY rare that I’ll write off a book based on a single review, but this incident genuinely hurts my heart and has reminded me that I need to do better about educating myself on horrors that have happened outside of the borders of my own country.
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
Feb 25, 2019 marked it as wouldnt-touch-with-a-10-foot-pole  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: releases-2019
A book about a romance and victimization of two non-Muslim, American boys set during a real-life historical genocide, with the villain being part of the demographic that was ethnically cleansed because - by the author’s own words - not everything is black & white?

Heidi Heilig
As discussions of this book evolve, it becomes clear to me that the book i blurbed while on submission years ago is either different from the version that went out in arcs, or i have areas of ignorance i need to work on (or both, considering i'm quite ignorant about a great many things.)

Either way, I'm editing my review in light of recent critiques, as it reads as flippant and disrespectful. To those I've hurt by my blurb, I apologize. I am always working to do better, clearly i need to work har
Shaun Hutchinson
Update 2/28/19: due to my ignorance with regards to the war in Kosovo, and information I’ve since learned, I can no longer in good conscience recommend this book. I hope Kosoko is able to fix the problems that have been raised and find a way to bring this story to readers without causing hurt, at which point I will happily be able to support it again.

I'm going to have a lot to say about this between now and when it comes out. But for now I'll just say: Preorder this book NOW. It's that freaking
a muslim terrorist villain in a book about a muslim ethnic cleansing that happened in real life? not today satan.
anna (readingpeaches)
edit: i'm really grateful to jackson for issuing such a heartfelt apology & pulling the book from print but where are all the other people who were working on this book, defending him like they always do when white authors fuck up

okay, so i was always kind of :/// abt the idea of an american writing abt european history but i was gonna overlook it for the sake of an ownvoices gay love story btwn two poc (apparently that part is really amazing btw!!!). but then reviews started showing up list
Kosoko Jackson
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition

A Place For Wolves is up for preorder!!!!
Preorder through my indie, and you'll get a signed, personalized copy, with a bonus special edition treat!

East City Books (my indie):

I wrote this book, and it's pretty rad, if I do say so myself (though, over the past 3 years it damn near killed me...the price of art, ya know?).

But you can judge for yourself Summer 2019. I hope you
Taylor Bright (BuriedInBookland)
Thank you to Netgalley and the author for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.

Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

I wanted to like this book, I really did. But it just didn't sit with me right.

Now, the gay rep in this book was own voices and was done fantastically.
However, I have and issue with the plot and the history behind it. Now, I know nothing of this war so I can't speak on the accuracy of it, but I had an issue with the MCs both being non-Muslim Americans and sort of "on the out
I don't understand why a book that "two sides to every story"'s genocide is being published. Genocide is not gray, it is never gray. Its disgusting that something like this would be published.

Please read this review for a breakdown:

This book is trash.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Genocide isn't a romantic backdrop for your story.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re going to write a book that takes place during a time where my culture has endured so much suffering have some goddamn respect. Saying Albanians are not all good and Serbians are not all bad as if the latter didnt commit fucking GENOCIDE against the former is disgusting. I’m so hurt by this this shit just SMELLS. Who tf let this book get published?
Amy - bookish_heights
My updated and revised review has been added

Update 26/02/19: After the recent reviews that have come to my attention, I will be doing more research into the Kosovo War and rereading sections from the book to draw my own conclusions. I did state in my previous review that I knew absolutely nothing of the war before this book (and I literally mean nothing, I had never even heard of the war) so I want to make absolutely sure I know enough to properly rate and review this book before the pub date.

Sarah Ames-Foley
I will not be reading this due to the issues brought up in this review and this review.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i don't need a book about soft gay boys cuddling during a genocide that neither of them are part of or really affected by, an authors note that says there is two sides to every story of ethnic cleansing, and a muslim villain who comes from the group being ethnically cleansed.

hard pass.
Lizzy Reads
After reading this review and and this one, I'm not going to read this book. Usually, one or two reviews don't put me off reading a book that I was interested in but this is too much for me. I'm happy that at least the own voices PoC LGBTQAIP+ rep is good but it doesn't justify how the setting is handled and the choices the author made about the main characters and the characters they chose to be the villains.

Please, at least read the first review it is well written and, if you don't know about
fun fact: this is all ive ever needed in my entire life.

how am i a little in love with this book even though i haven't read a single page of it? i think it's because i'm so fucking glad it is a thing that will be published. it has a little of my heart in that way.@ all publishers i want more of queer own voices in every genre imaginable please
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
I added this to my to read shelf just based on seeing that it was being compared to Aristotle and Dante + Code Name Verity, but after reading some reviews I'm no longer interested as the book is coming off as very disrespectful to the communities that were impacted from this event.

Check out this review if you're curious:
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book centered on Americans present during a genocide of Muslims, showing those Muslims as terrorists. The author would do well to quit writing.
Erin Quinn
Dec 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really tried hard with this book, but I could not finish it. The description, comparing it to Code Name Verity and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, made me super excited to read it, because I loved both those books. But I just couldn’t get into it. Choppy writing and an unbelievable plot (and not in a good way) made this a forgettable read for me. I tried a few times to get into it, and I just couldn’t. I knew I just needed to call it a day and shelf it. Thanks to NetG ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
a book with blatant islamophobia? keep it
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
Hot damn.

That was one of the best debuts I have ever read. The characters, the story, the writing... all so, so good. Bonus points for rep and bringing historical events to life.

I adored this. Even though I was anxious over the lives of my main men throughout the whole novel.

Full review to come!
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How about we don’t vilify victims of genocide and falsely compare them to their oppressors because they choose violence to fight back? Mmkay?
I'm not not enjoying this book but I'm not really enjoying it either. The setting feels very opaque to me at 50 pages in, and that's after doing a bunch of googling about the Kosovo war (when and where the book is set). And I don't feel especially interested in the main character. I think other people will probably love this book, but I'm trying to get better at not forcing myself through books I'm not enjoying. So bail!
Iris S.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

Confession: I finished this book a while ago, and I have been putting off my review because I was hesitant to bring my concerns forward. This book has had largely positive reviews, and I was worried I had read it incorrectly. While the LGBTQ rep in this book is important, I found myself extremely uncomfortable with other aspects. But since I wasn't an ownvoices reviewer, I wanted to see if other people would we
Feb 26, 2019 marked it as id-prefer-not-to  ·  review of another edition
I'm definitely not reading this.

First, I'm sick and tired of American authors using other country's cultures and now recent history (that Albanians are still in the process of healing from) to write about more American characters. And that's just plain disgusting. It is wrong.

I was a child following the Kosovo war, well even before that, when the KLA first started their campaign. Of course, they never tell you about all the horrors, but with some research, specially now that everything is online
Sarah (A French Girl)
People may not like what I'm going to say, but I feel like there is a lot of virtue-signalling surrounding this book. While I understand why some people are angry, they should also remember that this is a work of fiction.

It is perhaps somewhat insensitive that what is essentially a love story between two Americans take place in a country which suffered from genocide. However, and I know I risk offending, I do not see why it warrant pulling the book, changing positive reviews into negative ones
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars!

For the past two days I have been engrossed in this book. You know how I know it’s good? Because my 15 minute pumping (and reading) sessions started stretching to 20 minutes - even at 3 am!!!

This book is Aristotle and Dante meets How I Live Now. Two of my favorite books!! I loved James. I loved the way his story unfolded. I loved the letters and relationship he had with his sister.

Aw heck, I loved this book - everyone should read this!!

The setting could almost seem post apocalyptic
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Born and raised in the DC Metro Area, Kosoko Jackson has worked in non-profit communications for the past four years. He will be attending NYU to receive his Masters in Digital Strategy & Crisis Communications in 2018. His debut, A PLACE FOR WOLVES, an #ownvoices historical thriller, will come out in 2019, published by SourceBooks Fire
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