Saturday, August 19, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart @MichaelFStewart @XpressoTours

Counting Wolves
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: August 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

The Breakfast Club meets Grimm's Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward.

Milly's evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That's just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who's spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own-but just wants extra dessert-Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn't take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother's book of tales can save her.

But Milly's spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward's a Dark Wood, and she's not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

My Review:

Counting wolves is Milly's story of how she deals with her fear. Of how it affects her life from day to day; from minute to minute; of how she comes to terms with her fear. The challenges that she has to face day after day, the hiding, the covering up of the lies that live within her.

Milly has this wolf that hunts her day in and day out, nightmare after nightmare that will tear her limb from limb if it catches her. She has to use her magic to keep the wolf from attacking her and the ones she loves and cares about.

After she passes out in gym class her evil stepmother has her committed in a physic ward where she meets a lot of new friends that help her deal with her wolf while she in return helps them to deal with their wolf.

When I read the summary for Counting Wolves with Milly and her wolf and using her magic to stop the wolf lead me to believe that it was a totally different story than I was anticipating. But that definitely didn't stop me from enjoying it. I have loved reading Milly's story and I hope that I have not given too much away because I do think that this is Milly's story to tell so I am going to let her tell it.

Counting Wolves is a brilliantly written story one which I think would benefit a lot of people. Counting Wolves is one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time to come if not forever. I believe that Milly's story will help me with my own wolf.

If you like a little magic and fairy tales in your life then Counting Wolves is just the story for you. Pick up your copy today and join Milly on her journey with fighting her wolf.

Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.

He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand's, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada's Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children's Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS-a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library's first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.



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