Counting Wolves by 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...

Details Counting Wolves

TitleCounting Wolves
Release DateAug 14th, 2017
PublisherThe Publishing House
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Retellings

Reviews Counting Wolves

  • Dannii Elle
    The synopsis begun with "The Breakfast Club meets Grimm's Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward", and I needed to know nothing more to be intrigued!This was a superbly clever novel that used recognisable fairy tale imagery to depict the harsh reality of mental illness. Protagonist, Milly, is both heroine and sufferer. She guides the reader through her world of fear and mistrust and, through her eyes, we begin to see and to feel that...
  • katwiththehat
    Wow, this book turned out to be nothing like what I imagined from the title or blurb... I was expecting something paranormal or fairy tale related, but I totally loved what it was. Michael F Stewart has crafted a world that feels so real in Milly's mind. Without spoiling things, he does a fantastic job of immersing you in what it feels like to live her experience, so that for the first part of the book, you aren't entirely sure what is real and w...
  • Courtney
    Romila "Milly" Malone is committed to a pediatric psych ward by her evil stepmother, Adriana. With ward mates like Red - whose only getting worse, Pig - whose love for fire is bigger than life, Vanet - a manic teen who grants wishes most likely to harm rather than do good, Peter - a boy who wishes he could fly, Sleeping Beauty - who's usually in a comatose state, Wesley - who believes he's dead and rotten inside and Wolfgang - rumored to be a blo...
  • Manon
    *4.25 Stars*I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Counting Wolves tells the story of Milly, who is committed to an adolescent psych ward after she passes out from a panic attack.The characters were really interesting and touching. The story was captivating, I couldn’t put it down. I really empathized with Millie and she even made me doubt what was real or not.I’m not sure how accurate the portrayal of OCD was bu...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Committed to an adolescent psych ward due to her OCD, Milly blames it all on her stepmother who is in league with the wolf stalking her night and day. Kept from the safety of her room, Milly is forced to interact with Red, Pig, Vanet, Peter and the mysterious Wolfgang, each with their own connections to the Dark Wood. As she learns to use other tools to replace her counting Milly uncovers the tru...
  • Melissa Souza
    **Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.5 glorious stars!!!Okay, deep breaths before I start actually writing a review for this book. I just have to say, I so did not expect this book to turn out the way it did. I was expecting a retelling of the fairytales with a twist. But, it took me completely by surprise and in an amazing way. So, as you can see there are all smiles here. :...
  • Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
    Why is it always the damn stepmother? The evil stepmother who betrays me and Snow White and poor Gretel- and who won't let me leave the ER. And all these doors. This book was NOTHING like I expected and it will stay with me for as long as I live. Ugh there is so much I want to say about this book but I don't want to give anything away! I don't want to take the magic away from any reader who will pick this book up. Because that is was this book wa...
  • mells_view
    Counting Wolves is the story of Milly Malone. A girl who is being stalked by the Wolf. A wolf who will claw at her and drag her to the Dark Wood if she doesn't use her magic to stop it. Milly's evil step mother checks her into a hospitals psych ward, exactly where the Wolf wants her. A ward run by witches and toads, where she meets other teens who are fairytale characters come to life. Will Milly get out of the psych ward before the Wolf gets her...
  • Moira
    Number of pages: 216Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1Rating (out of five stars): 3Release Date: August 14th 2017*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.I’m going to do an updated review for Counting Wolves once I get my hands on a finished copy and find the time to read it, because I think this one deserves a second chance. I think t...
  • Lisa Mandina
    This book reminded me a lot of the book Liar, by Justine Larbalestier. Throughout the beginning of the book, I wondered, is this really a magical story, or is it just a girl who is dealing with psychological issues that cause her OCD and nightmares. I really liked how the author took the different illnesses and conditions of the patients in the psych ward and made them into aspects of a fairy tale. This is part of what kept me guessing the entire...
  • Amy Leigh
    This book was so hard to put down! I read it in two sittings only because I HAD to sleep. This story is so magical and so is this author's writing style. The story just flows so beautifully. Yes, fairy tales are a huge part of Molly's story and so is her mental illness. I don't want to spoil anything for you in this book but it is intriguing, eye opening and life changing. It will stick with you. I highly recommend this novel, you won't be disapp...
  • Adena
    *I received an ebook copy of this title via NetGalley*Romila (though she prefers Milly) is a counter. She always has to count to 100 (never more, never less) to walk through doorways, to take bites of her food, before she talks... all to keep the wolf away. The stress of counting at school catches up with her, causing her to faint and get sent to the hospital. The doctors and Adriana (Milly's stepmother) decide it is best for her to stay at a psy...
  • S.L. Dearing
    Let me begin by saying, I have NEVER read a first person present POV I have liked, let alone loved, until now. Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart is an amazing book. The main character is Millie, and Stewart has given her voice the resonates with the world of the mentally ill. She is likable, smart, and seriously mentally ill. I loved the way that Stewart weaves the images in Millie's mind. You can feel how intense everything is and how she re...
  • Kelly
    I don't know where to begin. This book is about mental illness. It's fictional with a twist. Mental Illness is not a nasty word. In my family, I have seen a unit like where this one takes place in. So this isn't a world unfamiliar to me. There are a few things that couldn't have happened in real life (at least not at the facility I know.) But anyway this story ends so powerfully I was in tears. And I almost gave up reading it because it was a lit...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    I was disappointed. I'd read so many great reviews and it just didn't come together the same way for me. I LOVED the concept. I liked Milly, Vanet was interesting but I felt like he could have been developed more. I love the twist at the end but there was a lot of foreshadowing that dulled the impact of the final reveal. I also think Milly came around to self-realization far to quickly. Especially in highly stressed and violent situations, it did...
  • Theresa Grissom
    Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC copy of this book!Wow! This is the second book I have read by Michael F. Stewart and I'm quickly becoming a fan. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started but it's been a while since I've finished a book so quickly. I literally could not put this down. I laughed, then felt bad for laughing, then figured it was ok... We are all crazy in our own way! I loved the characters! They each have their own set of issues to ...
  • Andrew
    *received from Netgalley*Check out my review here
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    When I sat down to read Counting Wolves I was more than a little surprised. I was expecting to read a fantasy but what I received was so much more. By the time I had finished this story I was deeply moved by Milly’s journey. If you are looking to read a fantasy understand that this story takes characteristics of well-known fairytales and applies those characteristics to the characters of this story but it is not a re-telling or a fantasy story....
  • Chelsea Fryou
    Original review can be found at Freeing Fantasy. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin.  ARC of Counting Wolves provided through Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review. Counting Wolves was such an amazing surprise! When I first started reading this book I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but I did not expect the awesomeness that unfolded page after page!In the synopsis, it does not say why Milly is in the psych ward ...
  • Heather
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.This is a really different but unique fairy tale retelling. I guess I should say fairy tales, actually, since there are so many different ones mixed in there. There's Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, the Three Little Pigs, and Cinderella, to name a few. The characters taken from these stories are...
  • Elena Love
    *I received this book for free, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*I knew this book was going to be extraordinary, before I even started reading! Its unique storyline is enough to draw you in and make you want to keep reading. It's also quite unpredictable and you might end up getting lost in its complicated nature. The characters themselves are some of the weirdest - in a good way - and most fascinating peopl...
  • Rebecca June
    This review was originally posted on my blog, June Reads Books. "It reminds me that these people may all be crazy, but they're still people. With dreams and fears. (Chapter 11) I am extremely grateful to Xpresso Book Tours, Michael F. Stewart, and The Publishing House for a free advanced reader’s copy in return for an honest review. Milly doesn’t think she needs help. She’s counting to save the world from the big bad wolf by maintaining...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    Because it was described as Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s Fairy Tales I had a certain idea of what I thought it was going to be but when I actually started reading it – WOW, my mental picture was WAY OFF! In some ways though it did have a faint reminiscent retelling of the aspect of Alice in Wonderland’s story when she learns to face her fears and overcome them.This book will not be what you expect especially after you read the synopsis, jus...
  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    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 ke...
  • J.B. Rockwell
    Breakfast Club with a dash of Grimm's fairy tales. Counting Wolves is a poignant story of a young girl struggling for control in an oft overwhelming world. Bereft after the loss of her mother, Milly clings to the her one last connection to her: a book of fairy tales that might be magic--a spellbook, the solution to every problem hidden in its pages--or might just be a crutch. A way to deny the reality of the world her. One where there is no mothe...
  • Joanne Myers
    The Breakfast Club meets Grimm's Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward. This line alone was enough to get me super excited to read this book. I love The Breakfast Club AND I love any books that are retellings, reimaginings or even just linked to/crossed over with standard fairy tales. Michael F Stewart brings us Milly's world. Milly and her counting. Milly and the Wolf. Milly and the Psych Ward. Milly and her fellow patients. It's a...
  • J.M. Sullivan
    This was an interesting book. I love all things fairy tale so when I read the blurb for this story, I was really excited. The thing is, Counting Wolves didn't match with what I was anticipating at all. That being said, I enjoyed the story and I loved the fact that Milly was able to face and overcome her fears to vanquish the wolf. The author did a really good job describing her fears and writing her character in such a way that I was kept guessin...
  • Bonnie Keck
    Not kindle unlimited {where get most of my books most times} but this was one of those freebie here's a free book we really hope you like it, and maybe get around to reviewing it. I don't like thrillers in particular, not quite sure why, but the remade or sorta kinda fairy tale thing, yeah.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 ...
  • Lisa Dess
    I received an ARC of this book for review via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.The main character, Milly, gets hospitalized in the psychiatric ward for her OCD tendencies which, in her mind, keep the wolf away and anxiety issues. While in the psychiatric ward she meets other teens with mental health issues. Throughout this book Milly is challenged to confront her tendencies and anxiety.Milly's is quirky but relatable to a certain degree...
  • John Kilgallon
    The book blurb describes "Counting Wolves" as the Breakfast Club meets Grimm's Fairy Tales in the lair of an adolescent psych ward. That's exactly what this thriller is.Milly is an interesting character. Her mind lives on the edge of reality and fantasy. As she interacts with the staff and other patients in the psychiatric ward the lines blur between reality and the Dark Forest where the Wolf is just at the edge, waiting for her to stumble. Her c...