Book Review: A Place For wolves

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This book was given to me by the Beth through netgally in exchange for a review. All opinions are mine. 



Title: A Place for Wolves

Author: Kosoko Jackson

Genre: YA, LGBT, Historical Fiction

Rating: 5 ‘survivalist’ stars

Publisher: Source Book Fire

Date of publication : 26/03/2019


James Mills is used to being in different countries – Egypt, Russia, Kenya – he’s had some tense experiences in all of these foreign landscapes, thanks to his parents’ jobs. But this time is different. Now that his sister is in college, he’s stuck in a country he hates with no one to share the experiences with.
Enter Tomas. Falling for him is unexpected and amazing, and helps James dismiss some of growing dissent bubbling to the surface. But when long running tensions explode, war erupts, and James and Tomas are faced with devastating violence, pain, and cruelty. Separated from their parents, their only hope is to make the treacherous journey to the US Embassy. They can only rely on each other, and they’ll have to decide how far they’re willing to go – and who they’re willing to become – in order to survive.

Divider (2)General plot

 This is  one of those books that keep you at the edge of your seat, it makes you pray that the characters make it out alive. You’ll be scared for them if you put the book down for one minute. And my God you have every right to be scared for them.

At the start of the book, James and Tomas  are fleeing to the capital Pristina because there is a war about to break out in  Kosovo. For James and Tomas being queer people of color in Kosovo is an easy way to stick out, they have to be careful. They would have to leave everyone they love behind, hoping that they made it to the US embassy. But will they make it out alive? The choices they have to make are not easy. 

Sometimes, in life there are no right or wrong answers, only the answers you can live with.

The writing

Jackson’s has written a fast paced, heart racing , heart-wrenching story with and end that’s open for you to make your assumption ( The lordt knows i’m thinking positive thoughts if not i would break down sobbing). The story grips you from the first page and its like you are there from the underlying tension at the beginning to the full on  war break out at the end and you feel the tension emanating from the book. The author has stated that the Kosovo war was real with the US NATO air strike killing lots of people. It was well researched and i appreciated that.

He was able to weave fiction into this history of the Kosovo war and has given a voice to this genocide that happened and either people have forgotten or no one knows about it ( i certainly didn’t know i had to go and do some research). 

I like the way  the letters James wrote to Anna fill in the blank spaces for events that happened prior to the story going on. It gives more insight to the story.

My Thoughts

Tomas MUST be protected at all costs his love for James was beautiful, he supported James and kept him grounded through it all.

The cast of characters are well developed , i found myself rooting for everyone of them ( aside from that one evil fudge stick).

Those Jeopardy questions James wrote in his letters to Anna are genius.

It’s a brilliant book that should be cherished in these times. 

The line between greatness and insanity is very thin, James. Many great people actually cross over it more than once. – Beqiri


To Pre-order this wonderful book click here: ( Links from the Author’s GR)

East City Books (my indie):

To add it to your GoodReads 

Now go forth knowing that this Unicorn has recommended you a great book you don’t want to miss out on this 2019.

As Always,

Booked Unicorn




Authors Biography Jackson is a vocal champion of diversity in YA literature. He’s excited to bring queer, African-American representation to the YA space with A Place for Wolves. Kosoko always wanted to see himself in the books he read as a teen, and with A Place for Wolves he’s able to bring queer black boys protagonists that they can see themselves in. We already have fantastic praise coming from some of the biggest names in the YA space, including Jeff Zentner, Heidi Heilig, Shaun David Hutchinson, Sam J. Miller, and Robin Talley.  Find Kosoko on Twitter @KosokoJackson.


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