Young Adult - Fantasy - General
316 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2022
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Alysa Wolfe is an author who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, and rescue dog (and sidekick), Thisbe. She started writing as a child and Evolve is her first novel. Prior to writing, Alysa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology with the support of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite

Evolve by Alysa Wolfe is a lyrical novel in a post-apocalyptic vision of New York. Set more than two centuries after the present time, it talks about a world where monarchy replaces democracy. In the midst of this are Princess Kamile, the heiress, and her bodyguard, Agent 86. Just a few days before Kamile's coronation, they find themselves in a world of political intrigue where revolution is brewing on the horizon, and no one is really safe. We follow them as they make their way through a quagmire of complexities and look for a way to save themselves and their kingdom.

Evolve is a fast-paced fantasy that is equal parts exciting and harrowing. The author beautifully creates a fantastical ambiance of castles and sprawling corridors. At the same time, she adds a layer of gothic and discomfort by introducing the diaries of Kamile's grandfather. The characters stand out and establish their own voices. I especially appreciated the dynamic between the two female characters. It brilliantly depicts two distinct personas, strong in their own ways. The twists in the plot hook the reader to the last page. Kamile's journey is also exciting to follow; she goes from self-doubt to self-reliance, making it a delight for readers.

The book treats the topic of the treatment of bodily impairment gently and brilliantly. Including more details regarding the history and extended politics will add a layer of intrigue to the story. However, Evolve by Alysa Wolfe is an outstanding read. I will recommend it to lovers of fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction. Readers who appreciate fast-paced plots and strong female characters will enjoy this book.