A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton – Review & Mood Board

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

Meet Karah Sutton

Karah Sutton has loved Baba Yaga, ballet, and blini ever since she had to do a research project on her Russian heritage in the third grade. Her hunger for adventure inspired her to move from Kentucky to New Zealand, where it was rumored she would find talking trees and the occasional wood elf. Karah spent four years as a bookseller before she turned to writing her own fiction. A Wolf For a A Spell is her first novel.  

About A Wolf for a Spell

Title: A Wolf for a Spell
Author: Karah Sutton
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: December 1, 2020
Page Length: 320
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Middle Grade
Rating: 4 ⭐
Synopisis: The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!

Meanwhile, a young village girl named Nadya is also seeking the witch’s help, and when she meets Zima (in Baba Yaga’s form), they discover that they face a common enemy. With danger closing in, Zima must unite the wolves, the witches and the villagers against an evil that threatens them all.

“Karah Sutton has crafted a vivid and rollicking adventure that proves a wolf doesn’t have to be big or bad to win the day!” —Rosanne Parry, New York Times bestselling author of A Wolf Called Wander 

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My Thoughts

This truly felt like an old style fairytale.  You can see that the Russian fairytale that the author talks about in her notes really inspired her in this story.  

This story follows 3 main characters POVs: Zima, the grey wolf, Baba Yaga, and Nadya,the orphan child.  I loved Zima and her willingness to do anything for her pack! She was beyond adorable for me, so curious and full of heart.  Baba Yaga was my second favourite character.  I haven’t read any story with Baba Yaga in it before, but I loved this interpretation of this well known fairytale character.

At first. I really wasn’t sure how the third storyline connected with the other two.  It was obvious from the beginning that Zima and Baba storyline were connected and would cross, but I never could see how Nadya was involved.  The people around her, yes, but not Nadya herself – not until the halfway point when their stories did cross.

I loved that in each POV we got to see that the character’s perceptions were turned on their heads as they learned more and were exposed to their thoughts/beliefs/misunderstanding.  The common theme of being alone/wanting to belong was strong throughout this story, but I loved hoe the author managed to take that theme and tell in it such different ways.

I highly recommend this if you enjoy fairytales or tales inspired by fairytales; if you love books written from an animal’s POV; or if you love books with Baba Yaga in it!

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December 1st
Elegance is My Arrow – Review & Creative Post
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December 2nd
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December 3rd
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December 4th
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The Booksnom – Review & Playlist
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December 5th
Bluebird Reviews – Review & Interview
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December 6th
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December 7th
The Wandering Wordsmith – Review
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December 8th
Debjani’s Thoughts – Review
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The Review Crew – Review & Favourite Quotes
Read more sleep less – Reivew

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December 2nd
TBR and Beyond – Review
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December 3rd
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The Review Booth – Blogger’s Choice
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December 5th
Bluebird Reviews – Blogger’s Choice
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December 6th
Curly Book Owls – Blogger’s Choice
Gwendalyn’s Books – Blogger’s Choice
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December 7th
The Wandering Wordsmith – Blogger’s Choice
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December 8th
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