Review – Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

Counting Wolves

Michael F. Stewart

counting wolves

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.”


*Received from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

I’m going to begin by saying that I am neither a professional nor a person with OCD and therefore cannot say 100% certainty that this is accurate representation for those who do have it. If you’ve found this to be inaccurate, please let me know in the comments below!

This story follows a young teen named Milly who suffers from OCD and anxiety since the death of her mother. After fainting in gym class, her step-mother admits her to the psychiatric unit of the hospital in order to be treated for the above illnesses, as well as to figure out why Milly feels the need to count to 100 before doing certain things and ‘keeping the wolf away’.

I very much enjoyed this story. The writing style flowed well and I found myself reading into the night to find out what’s happening, to find out the truth.

The characters were certainly intriguing and learning more about each character as the story went along and what their ‘wolf’ means to them was interesting, it really showed that each person is different and processes things differently to others. It also showed that by opening up, you can receive help or at least open up the opportunity for help.

The reason for this not being a perfect 5/5 story though was because there were certain scenes where I was made to feel uncomfortable but that was due to a personal factor, not because the book itself was wrong or bad. As I said before, everyone is different and will react in different ways.

Another thing about it was that the cover was a little misleading, the summary too. It felt like it was going to be more of a horror story or at least darker than it actually was, but I wasn’t too upset by it.

Overall this book was interesting and it shone light on a series of mental illnesses and even coping methods for said illnesses

I’d recommend this to everyone. Though this book gives off the feeling that it’s certainly a hit or miss type of book. Still, give it a try!

4/5 stars

It’s set to publish on the 14th of August so preorder your copy at Book Depo or Amazon!


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