Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 20, 2016
Length: 400 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.
I L.O.V.E.D this book!!! I mean it’s TJ Klune are you really surprised? On top of the fact that it’s TJ it’s paranormal which had me thinking HELL YES! This isn’t just a story about two boys growing up to be men and falling in love it was a story about healing and trust and opening your mind to a new world you never knew existed and finding that one place you feel welcomed.
Ox Matheson was named perfectly! He is big, strong, and to me he really was the center of this whole universe we were invited to love. Ox has the type of personality that even though people weren’t always nice to him or could understand him it didn’t seem to hurt him, not until he had to deal with his father leaving him. Ox was that human boy that lived down the lane who one day walking home from work met his destiny, one he didn’t think he had and didn't believe he was worth. The human boy that healed a powerful pack of werewolves without even knowing he was doing it, just by being himself.
Joe. What can I say about Joe Bennett that really encapsulates who he is? Joe was a boy that was damaged and hurt by the evil in his world but that isn’t who we meet that fateful day. Who we meet is a 10 year old carefree little blonde “tornado of fingers and feet and words” who climbs Ox like a tree who can’t stop talking about everything, because to him Ox is his…”all candy canes and pinecones, and epic and awesome.”
There are so many things about Ox and Joe and all the secondary characters that I connected with. Each of their voices were so clear that I never got confused about which one was thinking or speaking in any moment. TJ creates secondary characters that, in this story, were just as important to the story as the main characters. Each one serving a greater purpose within the story. Gordo and his little shop of misfits made a home away from home for Ox. At first I wasn’t sure that Gordo was going to be good for Ox because he was gruff and distant but he was a big ball of fluff underneath it all when it came to Ox.
TJ has such a unique way of writing, particularly in this book where there was a lot of repetition of lines but only with the ones that were important, the ones that were meant to stick into your head. I am not sure how to exactly describe TJ’s style of writing but it’s more styled or poetic and less “He woke up and got ready for work. Then called his friend Steve.” The imagery that he is able to create through his writing was very expressive and called up emotions in every word. I didn’t wookie cry face like I am sure some people did but that was because I feel like those scenes had so many emotions going on that for me it was hard to focus on just one. Did I tear up or feel utterly heartbroken? Oh yeah! I would have to be dead not too. Not only is there this heartbreak that nearly breaks, not just Joe and Ox, but all of the characters is the aftermath of that heartbreak that causes more anger and hollowness.
I know we are all aware that when TJ writes a book it isn’t about the down and dirty sex scenes and that's actually perfect for his stories. BUT this one...this one was sexy and hot. It is in no way filled with sex scenes but we do get that hot parts here and there! And each one fit perfectly and in no way felt like they were just put there to appease the readers. They were a part of the story!
But what I loved most of all in Wolfsong wasn’t even the writing or those scenes that gut punch us with all the FEELS but watching Joe and Ox grow and change together, becoming more complex as people, getting stronger together, and overcoming some serious obstacles in life. If for no other reason read this story for that!
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