Review #5: A Room Away from the Wolves

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Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave.


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*I WAS APPROVED OF A REQUEST FOR ARAFTW AND PROVIDED A PHYSICAL COPY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT CHANGE MY HONEST OPINION*

A Room Away from the Wolves was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. It was described as eerie and thrilling, and I thought of it that way before reading through the first hundred pages.

For the first couple of chapters, it was like a “get to know the character and why she is the way she is” sort of deal that all books have. I was really confused as to whether things between her and her step-sisters were her fault or their fault, and it really wasn’t specified.

So, I brushed it off.

And then I restarted the first ten chapters… four different times.

At this point, I was questioning if I should DNF the book or continue on, even though I seriously wasn’t happy with how it was going.

But I continued on and tried to give the rest of the book a chance. I really hate having to DNF books, and I usually blame it on a forming book slump, but I knew that that wasn’t the case this time.

There was one quote that stuck with me throughout the entire book, and it gave me hope that something exciting would happen.

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However, once I got to the end of the book, I realized that my views had not changed and that I’d not been excited about any parts of the book.

The characters hadn’t really developed, in my opinion. They mostly just stayed the same and did a lot of the same things over and over again. For Bina, she basically just went out in the city all the time, and while the activities may have changed here and there, the excitement I’d been hoping for from this book never came. Instead, I was let down whenever the characters would build something up—it felt more like the plot was being torn down every time I raised my hopes.

While I really wished to like this book, my expectations weren’t met nor were they anywhere close. I’m sure this would be someone else’s favorite book or a book they might like, but for me, it wasn’t.

My rating for A Room Away from the Wolves is 1/5 stars.


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download (1)Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave.

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