Review: A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

A Room Away From the Wolves CoverBina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave…

I received an eARC of A Room Away From the Wolves through Netgalley as part of a blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into A Room Away From the Wolves. That didn’t stop it from blowing my mind. This story is partly a coming-of-age tale and partly a haunted house story, but it was completely beautiful. It was also more than a little bit heartbreaking.

It needs some trigger warnings for several suicide attempts (one by the main character, one by a side character), hitchhiking, compulsive Christianity, physical abuse, mental abuse, gaslighting, abusive husband, and anti-semitic comments.

A Room Away From The Wolves will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you read. I really don’t want to say much about the plot. However, there’s a lot that I enjoyed about the way it unfolded.

I was particularly intrigued by the uneasy friendship that develops between Bina and Monet, and the small relationships with the other girls at Catherine House.

I highly recommend giving this a read if this sounds up your alley. I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more of Nova Ren Suma’s work.  You can pick up a copy on Amazon or Indiebound.


Title:  A Room Away From The Wolves

Author: Nova Ren Suma

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Length: 304 Pages

Release Date: Sept. 4, 2018

Rating: ★★★★★ / Five stars

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Representation: Queer main character, non-practicing Jewish main character



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