Author: T.J. Klune
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: 10/5/2016
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal, M/M Shifters, M/M Bisexual
Listening Length: 18 hours and 40 minutes
Page Count: 400
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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 little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little 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 little 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.
This book is absolutely amazing. So many highlights and passages I could use to describe this book and give a better idea of how well it was written but it’s a bit difficult with an audiobook.
This is my second time going through Wolfsong, and the first time my review consisted mostly of me not being able to describe what it was about and how there were no words I could use to possibly describe how amazing it was and why I completely recommend it. That is still the case, however, since this is my second read through I can at least articulate some points and still be vague enough to hopefully not give too much away. If you want a summary of what this book was about, then the blurb is a pretty accurate representation and splits the book up in clear sections and parts. There are many revelations, and build up, in this story and I believe they’re worth discovering on your own.
I can tell you that going through it again, I enjoyed it much more the first time around. Because this time I already knew what was going to happen. I still enjoyed this book nonetheless, though. Ox is still this great character that you see grow into his skin. Insecurity never really leaving him, but becoming less prominent as the years go by. The family he makes for himself that works on his insecurities and his doubts so that even if they don’t ever completely leave him, they still grow less and less as time goes by.
The narrator did a wonderful job bringing this book to life. There were many moments when I would just close my eyes, and see it all happening in front of me. The moment Ox witnesses his father abandoning them. The first time he sees Jessy and walks into a wall. When he realizes his feelings for Joe and walks into a wall. When the most important person in his life is ripped away from him. When fights are fought, and when he’s left behind. When he picks himself back up and when he fights again and again.
From all the books I’ve read so far, Ox is one of my favorite characters. And this book is why TJ Klune became on of my go-to-authors. It’s not just because of Ox, or the plot. It’s because of the sheer number of secondary characters that all play their own integral part and bring life to this story. It’s long, but its length is justified because we come to care and grow fond of every character that becomes a part of Ox’s family.
I could make a list of why I think every member of the Bennett family deserves so much love. And I will. Gordo, because he becomes the father to Ox that his own father failed to be. His mom, because that woman showed so much strength when abandoned by her husband and left alone with a child. Elizabeth, because although she breaks down completely, she’s this constant presence of calm, and support and family at Ox’s side as is Mark. Thomas, because he made Ox feel as though he was important, and because he saw the depth that Ox has and that just because he’s silent, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot to say. But, to be fair, that can be said of every other member of the family he makes for himself. Kelly, Carter and the trio from Gordo’s (Rico, Tanner, and Chris). All of them add comedic relief, have made me smile, and laugh out loud, and made astute observations, and just dial down the overall cloak of angst that Ox has a tendency to put on his shoulders. Robbie and Jessy who come up later, but just add to another plot point you don’t see coming, but kind of do.
Each and every secondary character can have their own story. Because each and every one of them only added, and didn’t detract from anything. Which is also why I’m really looking forward to the sequels that will focus on different characters of Ox’s pack.
What might put some people off is how slow the burn is. Because it is extremely slow. At first, it’s one-sided on Joe’s part. Then due to circumstances spent in heartbreak and loss and grief and anger and sadness. And the final part in pretty much every conflicting emotion you can think of but especially relief.
A wolf is only as strong as its tether
In all of this, I haven’t mentioned Joe much. That’s because I don’t know what to say. He’s gone through so much, lost so much and had his heart broken again and again even though Ox didn’t realize at the time that that’s what he was doing. He frustrated me a lot, though, and I couldn’t understand why he made the decision he did to leave Ox and his pack behind to chase after the monster. I get wanting revenge, wanting to hunt down the monster that’s painted a target on the back of those most important to you and just taken away someone so important to you. But, he shouldn’t have made the decision he did. Except, if he hadn’t, Ox might not have become the person he did. The pack might not have become as strong as it had. There’s a lot of maybes, and what ifs and although my heart was breaking for Ox and the loneliness both had to go through, Joe was still Joe. These two together was just Pinecones and candy canes. Epic and Awesome.
Overall, I recommend it. Because the audiobook version of Wolfsong does it justice.