Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lone Wolf Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for Lone Wolf by Jody Picoult!

First of all, I have 3 (!) posts today, all with giveaways, so be sure to check out Part 2 of the Dinner With Lisa blog tour and the Lichgates Hidden Worlds blog tour!

And now back to Lone Wolf.






A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go. 


Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. 


With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision? 


Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.


(Summary and cover picture via Goodreads)


Review:


Luke Warren has had a fascinating live. Choosing to live among the wolves he studies has made him an international sensation, but it has come at a cost. He has lost his wife and older son, but still has his daughter who seems to understand him. Things change with Cara and Luke get into a car accident though, and now Luke is in a come with not much hope of recovering. Now his ex-wife Georgie and estranged son Edward are back to help make some hard decisions. Edward and Cara clash with what should be done, and a family that was already falling apart will be torn to pieces as secrets and lies come to the forefront. 


I was of two minds about this book. I enjoyed the story, but I disliked several of the characters. I found Luke and Cara to be particularly grating. Luke didn't seem to care about anything except his wolves, and Cara was annoying, manipulative, and petulant. Although in retrospect that may just be really good writing given the fact that Cara is 17. I liked Edward a lot more than those two, and I found Georgie to be more sympathetic and sensible than all 3 of them. Georgie's husband Joe was my favorite character out of the bunch. He was smart and nice and ready to take care of things to the best of his ability.


So can you enjoy a book in which your don't like some of the characters? Actually, yes. I found the story itself to be very interesting. The way Luke's "journals" of his time with the wolves interwove with the main storyline was very well done. The issues brought up with regards to Luke's condition and future were thought-provoking. As the story unfolded, you certainly got a feel for why the characters were making some of the decisions that they did. The secrets that were uncovered added some interesting dimensions to the story. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was interesting and in some ways very touching. Watching this family work through some of their issues makes one almost believe anything is possible.


Book provided for review.


Ok, so because I'm in a giving mood (and also because I had to reschedule this post because of real life stuff), I'm going to give away my copy of Lone Wolf to one lucky person! 

You can receive one new-ish, only read once copy of this book by entering your info into the Rafflecopter form. Bonus entry for leaving a comment on this blog post. 

This giveaway will be open internationally (although I reserve the right to just buy a copy of the book from The Book Depository if that will be cheaper than shipping my book). 

Thanks so much for stopping by, check out my other giveaways, and good luck!


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38 comments:

KaylaBeck said...

I want to read this because I adore Jodi Picoult's books, and this is an issue that I would like to see her characters argue. Also, I've heard a lot of good things about it.

Leah said...

Ah! I'm so happy to read your review! I love Jodi Picoult and have really been looking forward to reading this book! You're the only blogger I've seen post a review about it!

Have a happy Thursday! :)

Steph said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds great because of all the real life issues that Picoult deals with in her novels - especially family.

Aunt Maggie Rocks said...

I adore this author and I've love to read this!

Maggie Ann True Armstrong
maggie at pdclarion dot com

Juana said...

I would love to read this story it sounds like a keeper. I have heard of Ms. Picoult's books before but somehow haven't read any of her book...yet.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Excellent review! I love Jodi Piccoult. How exciting that you got to be part of her blog tour. :)

dollycas aka Lori said...

cool giveaway! I am dying to read this book!!

Aik said...

I've enjoyed Picoult's books and I'd love to read this book.

ZaraAlexis said...

I'm fascinated with Jodi's research on wolves for this novel. I'm "howling" to get a copy!

kimba88 said...

I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and I love wolves..I cannot wait to read it and review it for my blog:)

Unknown said...

This is a new to me author - so I'm interested in the writing style. I also love wolves, and family dynamics, so this sounds like a great read!

Thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

books first love said...

I want to read this book because I read and love Jodi Picoult. This book sounds very different from the previous work that she'd done.
thanks for the giveaway

Mare/TommyGirl said...

What interests me the most is that it was written by Jodi Picoult. One of my favorite books of all time is the Pact and I've always enjoyed any of her books I read.

Kimberly R. said...

Great review - I love reading Jodi Picoult's books, about family issues that are very difficult and this one sounds great!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

nicolesender said...

I enjoy Jodi Picoult's books and would love to win a copy of Lone Wolf.
nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa said...

Sounds like a good book I love this author. thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com

ame1184 said...

I love Jodi Picoult's books and I would love to see how she tackles this issue in her book. I'm sure she does a great job with it : ) Thanks for the giveaway!

Denise Z said...

This is a new book to me and I really enjoyed your review. I am curious to see how unlikeable characters fill out a picture of a story and turning it into an enjoyable read. I sometimes have a hard time not liking the characters, but they are often pivotal to a great read. Thank you for sharing with us.

miki said...

First, there isn't majuscule in my email ^^;; sorry

First i was intrigued by the title. Now after your review i understand more and i would like to read it because i can feel a bit what this character is feeling after what my father did while suffering from a degenerativbe illness.

it not easy to say goodbye while hurting or being angry ( and often we are angry because we are hurting)

Liese2 said...

I want to read this book because I LOVE this author and am interested in reading anything Jodi Picoult writes.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol N Wong said...

I am interested in this book because I had to face one of the questions that she tackled in this book.

Many years ago, the doctors asked both me and my step mother the same question that is asked in this book. My father had had a terrible stroke and was in a coma.
She and I decided differently and then later she changed her mind. She never forgave me for my decision. I knew my father so throughly that I am sure that he would have chosen the same way for me if I was in his position. That was so long ago when living will were unheard of. But even now, people die without them and the decision still has to be made. Unfortunately, it has to made at the same time that you are grieving.

CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

Helen said...

she is a great author and this seems like a very emotionally intense book

Na said...

I have heard a lot about Jodi's books but have never read one. The premise for this one sounds interesting.

elin said...

The hard decisions that have to be made and the importance of wolves in this story are what draws me to this book.

Books Worth Remembering said...

I'm super excited about Lone Wolf, I've loved Jodi Picoult's other books, especially Nineteen Minutes! She's coming to my town next month for a book signing so I can't wait for that :)

Kimberly Lim said...

I've been seeing this book, and i really want to read but....
but i never really got the chance, to buy it and read it

marybelle said...

I love reading Jodi Picoult's books. They never disappoint.

Aline Tobing said...

Hi, thanks for the giveaway. I want to read this book because I love stories about family and Jodie Picoult is so talented when dealing about real life issues.

Rica said...

because of Jody Picoult..her books are awesome..so that's why i want this book:) thank you.

Reviewing Shelf said...

I liked Sing to me

kaewink said...

I heard much about the book already and my sister is a big Jodi Picoult-fan too.
I personally haven´t read any of her books, but my sister keeps telling me I have to start reading them! This might be the perfect opportunity ;).

kewinkler at gmail dot com

zoey said...

I love Jodi Picoult (my favourite are The Tenth Circle and Perfect Match) and 'm curious how it all ends. The book must be a real keeper :)

Kelly said...

I absolutely love Jodi Picoult! She is so talented at telling stories that involve relevant topics and deep family matters. Lone Wolf sounds like no exception, and I can't wait to read it.

Evie said...

I really like Jodi Picoult's books and this one seems so interesting and intense!
Thanks a lot for the chance to win it :)

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Nancy said...

I've yet to read any of her books but would love to do so. Thanks for the chance.

Asriani Purnama said...

I have read some of her books. I like them and want to read more. Including Lone Wolf. This book has not been translated into my language. I hope I can get the chance to read that