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For the Wolf

(Wilderwood #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  28,353 ratings  ·  5,198 reviews
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those s
Paperback, 437 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Orbit Books
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Elena Though it's marketed as an adult novel, the protagonist is 20 and it has a very YA-like feel. I'd call it new adult, personally, and would recommend t…moreThough it's marketed as an adult novel, the protagonist is 20 and it has a very YA-like feel. I'd call it new adult, personally, and would recommend to teens 16+.(less)

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a woodsy, magical folk retelling of ‘beauty and the beast.’ which is surprising because, based on the title, cover, and the MCs name, i totally expected this to be inspired by ‘little red riding hood.’ go figure. lol.

and while im never one to turn away from a ‘beauty and the beast’ story, this wasnt quite for me and i think its because it has some pretty terrible world-building. yes, the concept of the wilderwood is interesting, not exactly unique, but it suits the story. however, i know nothin
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, arcs, favorites
↠ 4.5 stars

The first daughter is for the throne. The second is for the wolf. All her life Redarys has known that as the kingdom’s second daughter her sole purpose is to be sacrificed to the Wilderwood and the Wolf keeping its gods captive. Though her sister Neve rages against her fate, Red has accepted it, plagued by an unknown power and determined to never hurt those close to her again. As the only second daughter born in centuries, Red has all the more reason to go, but when the day arrives an
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Wolf smells like a library.
I repeat, Eammon smells like a library.

This is a hard book to rate. I'm not at all attached to For the Wolf, but at the same time, I loved the creepiness of the Wilderwood, the way some of the characters slowly went mad, and the atmosphere of Eammon's house.

For the Wolf follows Red, the Second Daughter, who is sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wilderwood. The people of Valleyda are hoping that in return, the Wolf will release the Kings. The problem? The Wolf is just
All of them loved like burning, no thought for the ashes.

this is me, being thrown to the wolves.

we know wolves are tricksy creatures—those big baddies huffing and puffing and salivating in your granny's jammies, tucked in her bed and ready to wolf you down. we know what to expect from wolves, and so we avoid them. but even tricksier are the wolves in the sheep's clothing of deceptive cover design; the marketing campaigns who cry wolf dark fantasy, making you think you're gonna get a tooth-barin
Mar 22, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, arc
To compare this book to Bear and the Nightingale is like comparing Barney's Grand Adventure to Citizen Kane.

God, what a trip.


I'd like to thank Edelweiss and Orbit for allowing me to read this book.

I had seen this book being compared to Bear and the Nightingale and was like, 'hey, I enjoyed that book, it was well crafted, filled with Russian folklore and research, and I wasn't bored'. So I requested it, thinking that it was good, then some friends of mine said I should probably abort my mi
I've been waiting (im)patiently for this to get published AND IT FINALLY IS REJOICE GOTHIC AND MONSTER BOYFRIENDS AND WEIRD WOODSY STANS

also it's adult fantasy not YA literally begging some of you to realise not every fantasy written by a woman is YA
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

As the second daughter to the Queen, Red has always known her fate. While her sister will inherit the throne, Red will be sacrificed to the Wilderwood and the monster within.

In her kingdom it is believed that the Wolf of the Wood has the ability to release the world's captured Gods, and that with Red's sacrifice, he may choose to do that. Thus, Red could essentially be the savior of the world.

It's never worked before, but n
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DNF @ p.90

I actually hated this a lot. It's written in the same generic sort of style that a lot of YA is, so if you like the usual line-up of edgy-lite authors-- Renee Ahdieh, Sarah J. Maas, Emily A. Duncan-- you'll enjoy this. I loved the premise and was envisioning something like BONE HOUSES or SABRIEL but this was not that, and if you're expecting that, too, you'll be disappointed like I was. I'm going to donate my copy to a teacher
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
My review may contain a mild spoiler.

Red’s fate has been known since before she was born.

The First Daughter is for the throne.
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf.
And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.

After all, Red (Redarys) is the second daughter, and her older sister (Neve) is the queen. Red is prepared to fulfill her destiny and wishes to be away from those she loves because of the dangerous dark magic within her, which continues to change. However, losing Red isn’t something Neve is willin
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I don’t know how I damn feel right now. I might try to read it again later. It was good and meh both so I’ll have a redo when I’m not cranky!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Listen, I can handle confusion —I mean, I did like Gideon the Ninth a lot, didn't I? I can overcome slow beginnings if the payout is worth it. I love romantic fantasy. But I can't do this.

I don't have it in me to withstand pages and pages and pages and pages of character withholding crucial information because of reasons, not when it makes the whole story so damn boring. I love slow-burns, I really do love them, but it's all a bit idiotic at this point? The world-building is messy, and why Red
myo (myonna reads)
this read more like a beauty and the beast retelling than it did little red riding hood, it had its similarities to little red riding hood but the whole “being sent away to live with a beast who doesn’t like people but ends up falling for you” thing is pretty much this entire book. i liked the book in the first few pages but once she went to go live with the wolf i was a bit bored. i also found their relationship a bit boring as well. i really wished i liked it more but i’ll definitely will be r ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i love this book so much that i want to eat it
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Beauty and the Beast retellings are the bread and butter of the romantic fantasy world. I think it’s partially because we as a society have come to anticipate rude, brooding, “bad boy with a heart of gold”-style romantic interests opposite sassy, capable heroines who don’t take crap. The Beauty/Beast narrative is tailor-made for that kind of dynamic. Unfortunately, it seems like Whitten conceptually understands this but can't quite pull the threads together.

There are two core issues with For the
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author's Twitter refers to this as a monstery boyfriend book and let's just say that I've already died of anticipation and have only come back to life to write this review.

EDIT: I have finished the book and what a splendid time I had!

I'd like to thank Orbit for fulfilling my destiny of reviewing this book. If it weren't for that email, I would have had to wait until release day to read it and we know we can't have that. Bear hugs for the publicity team.

This story has a total gothic feel to i
Chelsea Humphrey
"The First Daughter is for the throne.
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf.
And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood."

Well, this is a tough one to review, because there isn't anything wrong with the story, it just felt very "been there, done that, got the t-shirt". Sometimes we come across books that are the perfect match for other readers, but we've encountered this story in various forms so many times ourself, that it's tough to write what feels like the hundredth review for a similar plot. Obvious
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Q: “The Wilderwood ate my boots, (c)

Q: The First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood. (c)

Well-well-well. I finally found a book that is SO very much similar at the start to the NN's Uprooted.

Seriously, both books start out with a sacrifice premise. One (Red!) knows she will be a sacrifice from the start. Another (Agnieszka) gets it as a surprise-surprise. And then it all starts flowing....

We have a magical forest. Evil trees. The c
Hannah Whitten
May 19, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey guys! Now that we are so close to release, I wanted to make sure this got on the page somehow. Here are the FOR THE WOLF content warnings! Read safe <3 https://hannahfwhitten.com/2020/09/02... ...more
Feb 26, 2022 rated it did not like it
I want to start by saying I think this author has a real talent. I just don't think this book was for me and I think it could've used a lot more fine-tuning.

First off, it was too long. It was so repetitive that I found myself rolling my eyes. The same type of events were happening for the first three hundred pages that I started to feel like it was a chore to get through. The story started out strong, but then it really just falls flat, much like the characters. The pacing felt off, again going
Deema ♡
Nov 23, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-adult
For the Wolf is a reimagining rather than a retelling—loosely based on Beauty and the Beast with elements from general fairytales—which worked great for me. The people in Valleydan believe in kings as their gods. These kings were captured centuries ago, and Valleydan sacrifices their second daughters in the hopes of bringing them back.

“The First Daughter is for the Throne.
The Second Daughter is for the Wolf.
And the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.”

Red meets the wolf and everything changes. The leg
Bright Star
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

What a disappointment.

I had high expectations for this book and it didn't live up to them.
The first 80/90 pages were interesting and I was loving the atmosphere, but after that the story slowly became boring and repetitive. Only towards the end something happened. I think the author focused too much on the setting and the dark atmosphere, penalizing the characters. They were flat and I didn't feel any emotions towards them. I al
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks
Finding light in the darkness is something we can all relate to -- whether it be as simple as discovering the solution to a small puzzle or as grand a notion as searching for one’s purpose in life. For The Wolf addresses both ends of this spectrum and does so throughout with charm, smarts, and grace. This Red Riding Hood inspired fantasy had me more invested in the sentient forest and the creatures calling it home
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a dark, richly imagined world where the Big Bad Wolf isn’t exactly what you were always told.

It’s a world where the First Daughter is for the Throne, the Second Daughter is for the Wolf, and the Wolf is for the Wilderwood.

Twin sisters Red and Neve are devastated that soon Red will be sent to the Wilderwood forest as a sacrifice to the Wolf. Legend has it that the Wolf demanded that payment in exchange for keeping the monsters of the forest at bay. The people also want the Five Kings ba
Jun 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
the absolute only thing you need to know here is that the protagonist of this little red riding hood retelling, who wears a red cloak and red lipstick, goes by red because it is short for her name: redarys. i will never get over this in my fucking life.
I refused to DNF this book and it took me 14 days to finish it…


Aug 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2021

3.5 stars

I had a good time reading this and generally thought it was a solid debut, though there were a couple of things I think could've been tightened overall.

This was wonderfully atmospheric. It knew its niche and went for it, aesthetics, angst and all. I enjoyed the world, the dark fairytale elements, and the relationship between Red and Wolf. A bit of their relationship and the plot in general relies on Wolf just being absolutely unwilling to use his words, but it didn't wear on me because
➵ red has an uncontrollable power and afraid to hurt her family, she doesn't rebel against the town's decision to sacrifice her to the forest that takes from the living. the hypnotising beauty of dark woods is greatly captured while The Wolf, who has sworn to protect the kingdoms from the wrath of the monsters lurking in this forest, perfectly encapsulates the broody aura of a mysterious guy in this slow-burn romance. the tension, not only in terms of a plot driven by magic but also in terms of ...more
My reaction to this book on my second re-read has been much different, I've enjoyed it much more for reasons I expand on in my review for "For the Throne," and because of this experience, I would encourage readers to give this a chance. Also, if you only have the first book, don't start it if you don't have the second at hand. It's worth reading both together.

In hindsight, I think this first book suffered a lot from media hype. It's more like Novik than Arden in broad strokes, but Whitten's styl
sil ♡ the book voyagers
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
For the Wolf was so good! When I tell you I haven't read a fantasy book in so long, I'm not joking. I think I've only been rereading The Cruel Prince trilogy and that's it. I remember reading The Starless Sea last year too. But other than that? *looks around*

I have been meaning to read fantasy of course! I've been requesting and buying fantasy books, hoping that my love for it will wake up. And when Katee Robert tweeted about For the Wolf, especially about Eammon, you bet I needed this book in
Yvonne (The Coycaterpillar Reads)
The first daughter is for the throne.

The second daughter is for the wolf.

The wolves are for the Wilderwood.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was for sure one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It was stated as a red riding retelling and I was giddy with excitement. As a child it was one of my favourite fairy tales…the innocence of Red and the wicked ways of the big bad wolf…tell me who could resist? Hannah Whitton’s writing was hypnotic and melodic. I was transported to a world that made th
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Hannah Whitten has been writing to amuse herself since she could hold a pen, and sometime in high school, figured out that what amused her might also amuse others. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, making music, or attempting to bake. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and children in a house ruled by a temperamental cat.

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