Review: Along Came a Wolf (The Yellow Hoods #1) by Adam Dreece

Goodreads synopsis:

“It’s like discovering the Harry Potter of technology, before everyone else”

This young adult series is written and layered for the mature reader. Set in a world at the equivalent of the 1800s, the various kingdoms and nations are rapidly approaching a technological revolution brought about by key inventors who are integral to the story. 

Along Came a Wolf (Book 1) follows Tee, Elly and Richy who come together as a heroic team when a foe from Nikolas Klaus’ secret society past sends an agent to retrieve the steam engine plans. Will Nikolas’ secrets cost him the life of his granddaughter? 

Fairy-tale elements are incorporated as if they were real, in a similar fashion to how Ring-Around-the-Rosie was about the black plague. For example, Master Inventor Nikolas Klaus is a combination of the Santa Claus myth and Nikolas Tesla. These elements are present to enrich the background of story.


4 STARS!

Along Came a Wolf combines fairy tale elements with a steampunk setting to create an action-packed adventure that children and adults can enjoy.

The story is centered around a young girl named Tee and her two best friends, Elly and Richy. They are the Yellow Hoods, and they are brave, daring adventure-seekers. Tee’s grandfather, Nikolas is an inventor who encourages Tee to be the explorer that she is. Tee and Nikolas’s relationship was a strong theme in this book, which I really appreciated since young adult novels usually lack a strong family presence.

The big, bad wolf in this story is Andre Leloup, who is after one of Nikolas’s inventions. His character is a wonderful villain with a huge ego. The Yellow Hoods are put to the test when faced with Leloup and his men. Tee and her friends face their enemy with bravery and wisdom well beyond their years. I enjoyed how well written the characters were and how they worked together.

I had a lot of fun reading this book – reliving parts of my childhood through Tee, Elly, and Richy.
I look forward to reading this story to my son in the coming years and have a feeling that it will become a classic in my house!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review


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