Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Review: Wolven by Di Toft

Wolven by Di Toft

Published: 01 June 2010
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 332 (original English version holds 322 pages)

Age group: Middlegrade
Buy the book: Bookdepository

Woody is far from the cutest of dogs, yet Nat is strangely drawn to the rough mutt that howls at the moon. And before long Nat discovers that Woody's not a dog at all--he's a wolven: a shape-shifter who changes from wolf to boy without much warning.

I picked this book up when I was in the bookstore. Maybe it's just me, but the cover drew me in right away. The image on the book changes from wolf to boy when you change the angle. It was calling my name! 

The story is about Nate, who gets a dog from his grandfather; Woody. Only, Woody isn't really a dog, Woody is a Wolven, the last of his kind. He can change from human to wolf and because of that, the evil government is searching for Woody. 

I really like the idea for the book and most of the writing in the book. However, when the action starts, I had to re-read some parts because I wasn't sure from which angle we were looking at things. This was a big disappointment for me. The story itself was a very nice and since it appears to be a series (it's getting at least a sequel in 2011), I think a lot of kids will like this book.

My overall rating: 

I want to make it 3,5 stars, but because I'm 'rounding' the stars, it gets three stars. I will pick up the sequel too when it comes out! 

Note: I read this book in Dutch, so due to translation, there might be some differences between the original and this book.


  1. This one looks cute. Too bad about the confusing scenes. Maybe this will improve in the sequel. Thanks for reminding me of this book!

  2. I'm with you on this cover, I would have picked it up as well, especially if it shifted from wolf to boy as the angle changed! The unclear angle on the action sounds a bit confusing, but it does seem like it has a good story. Lovely review!


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