Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls,
Published by Scholastic on April 29th 2014
Genres: Animals, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Wolves & Coyotes, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT. For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Caution: Spoilers Below!
Author Maggie Stiefvater has crafted a spell-binding paranormal romance, that reads like a dream you don’t want to awake from. Told from the dual perspectives of Grace, a girl drawn to the wolves who live in the woods behind her home, and Sam, a boy living in two distinct worlds. Unlike many “love at first sight” teen romances, this story differs in that the pair develop an unusual relationship through the years prior to their first face-to-face meeting. Unlike those other romances, Grace and Sam’s desperate bid to find a way to be together feels earned, and is easy to accept.
Another thing I liked about this book is that the other characters, even the supporting ones, feel well-developed. Even though I hate how disinterested Grace’s parents are towards her, their disinterest is what makes it possible for her to carry out her romance with Sam. Instead of invisible parents that tend to find their way into YA novels, Grace’s parent lack of parenting allows them to be present, even when they aren’t.
The last major aspect of the book I enjoyed was the main villain, Shelby. Sure, Jack Culpepper was the villain of the book, but Shelby posed the greater threat. I was glad to see that we haven’t seen the last of her, and can’t wait to read about what trouble she’ll stir up in the next book.
Out of all the characters, Jack Culpepper read as your typical cookie-cutter popular douchebag character. While developed, he was the most stereotypical, and didn’t elicit any fear in me that he would be a big threat towards Grace and Sam. Not like Shelby did.
The one thing that irritated me was that Grace didn’t figure out until 100 pages (or more) after I did that Olivia had been bitten. I understand Grace was trying to eek out as much time with Sam as she could possible get her hands on, but her lack of urgency about discovering what became of her “missing” supposedly BFF, really irritated me. Everything Stiefvater showed us about her character, makes Grace better than that.
Do I Recommend?
Yes! Aside from that above mentioned problem, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and am itching to continue with the second book in the series, Linger.