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For the Wolf

(Wilderwood #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,155 ratings  ·  811 reviews
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.

For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

As the only Second Daughter born
Paperback, 448 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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May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
↠ 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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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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
Celia McMahon
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
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
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 in 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.

So, I had forgotten I requested this way back when. I had seen this book being compared to Bear in 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'.

What you got with this book is a 400+ page slog of confu
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i love this book so much that i want to eat it
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⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Uprooted
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
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Full review to come on my YouTube channel:
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
Mar 15, 2021 marked it as definitive-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
↣ digital copy received via the netgalley ↢

May 18, 2021: buddy reading with farhina —a close friend who I have never read anything with before; how pathetic huh.

March 15, 2021: The author said, "what if you dated a tree but the tree was hot!" and that's oddly enticing.
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 ...more
☼ Sarah ☼
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-review, read-2021, arc
Oh, I can't wait until we get closer to the pub date so I can talk about this spellbinding book with you! 💖 ...more
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
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
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-adult, read-2021
this book truly kicked my reading slump in the ass, 10/10 would die for Red
Kristina (heartsfullofreads)
For the Wolf is an atmospheric fairytale retelling. Whitten combined a little bit of Little Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast with political intrigue and some interesting own world mythology. The way religion and mythology was weaved together in the story was fantastic and a highlight for me. She also nailed the dark and creepy forest vibes. It was perfection.

Unfortunately, the story and characters both fell a little flat for me. I didn't dislike any of the characters but I didn't fall in
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Thank you Orbit Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have been aching to read this book since I heard about it, and after following the author, Hannah Whitten, on social media I became even more desperate to read it. I did reach out to the publisher to request a review copy, and I’m so, so grateful that they sent one my way.

Red Riding Hood is my jam, yes, I am one of the people who loved the 2011 film directe
Alex (The Scribe Owl)

See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

This was a buddy read with the BR queen, Surya. Thank you for bearing with me even when I got my timing all screwed up!

4.5/5 stars

Thank you to Orbit Books and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

I've seen some mediocre reviews for For the Wolf and I just don't get it! It was original, entertaining, and the writing was beautiful. What more could you ask for?

For the most part, I enjoyed the characters. My only complaint
Nils | nilsreviewsit
“She felt roots arching towards her under her feet, felt bone-coloured boughs stretching over her head. Instinct told her to fight the magic down, but this was the Wilderwood, where it belonged. Where it’d been born.”

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Red Riding Hood, is a fairytale which I haven’t read or even watched many retellings of, so I was eager to see what new spin Whitten would take on this dark tale.

The story opens with our main protagonis
h o l l i s
This is not the first time I've had a reading experience with this, where I start strong, get waylaid in the middle, and then have no opportunity to pick it up and finish even though I'm so close to the end. This kind of pattern always screws me up (I'm a one or two session reader, often just one!) and leaves me uncertain how I feel about a story. Enter, FOR THE WOLF

I liked so much of this but was equally confused by just as much. This is a story that I definitely need to reread because I think
Victoria BookLover
May 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
I sadly don’t have a ton to say about this book. It simply wasn’t my cup of tea.

The characters were pretty bland. Nothing about them truly reeled me in like I wanted. Especially because at the start, I was really intrigued by Eammon...but then he kind of fell flat.

Not a whole bunch happened in the meat of the book? Nothing that really captivated me or hooked me. I was waiting for that moment aaaaaall the way up until the end but it never came? The climax didn’t even feel like a climax and all o
Lisa Wolf
Jun 04, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 20%. There seemed to be some intriguing elements in the set-up, but the world-building felt excruciatingly slow to me. By 20%, there should have been a clearer picture of what was going on and why. I finally realized that I was forcing myself to keep reading when it wasn't holding my interest, and decided to put it aside. ...more
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
I won’t lie and say I always knew this was 5 stars, but at some point my heart just became wholly invested and the self-martyring bastard rooted himself in my blood and in my veins. It’s as simple as that.



I could NOT be happier to be reading this ARC right now!!! :D

Many thanks to Orbit Books and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this!
Ashley Lewis
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for providing me a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are still my own.

I loved so much about this book that I'm not even sure where to start.

First off, let me start by saying that this felt more like a Beauty and the Beast retelling than Red Riding Hood, however that worked for me. There were some characters I wanted to slap, but then when I thought about the story from their POV I wondered if they thought they were being noble. I
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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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