Author: Jessica Vitalis
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Released: September 21st, 2021
Received: Review Request
The Wolf’s Curse is the debut novel of Jessica Vitalis, and it is going to steal you away to another world. At least, it did for me!
We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf. But what about the tale of a cursed boy who actually did see the wolf? Gauge has been cursed. Cursed by the same wolf that stole his grandpapa’s soul, and yet nobody else will believe him.
Well, nobody, except for one. Together, they’re going to find a way through this to the other side. Together, they’re going to break the curse.
“The path ahead isn’t easy. It will be filled with darkness and despair, and you will almost certainly regret your decision, just as I regret mine.”
Guys, if you’re looking for an endearing and enchanting middle-grade fantasy, then trust me here: go pick up The Wolf’s Curse. It is everything promised – and so much more. This story struck a chord with me, and I can only imagine what a younger version of me would have felt while reading.
This is a tale that is simultaneously so human and so delightful. It explores complicated concepts such as grief and our purpose in the world. It delves into fear – of the world, of loss, of it all. And yet, it does so in such an approachable way.
Having read The Wolf’s Curse, I can promise you that all marketing comparisons (Lemony Snicket, The Book Theif, etc.) are more than fair! Yet, the best part is that Jessica Vitalis already has such a clear and unique voice of her own. One that weaves through the narrative and brings the story home.