Author: Maggie Stiefvator
Publisher/Date Published: Scholastic Press, August 1st 2009
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5
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.
It was refreshing to read a story that was all about wolves after the huge Twilight uproar. This was a really beautiful book about the struggles faced by a girl from small town Mercy Falls and the boy she loves. Then, the story takes a dramatic turn when the boy, Sam, turns out to be more than just what's on the outside. I thought Sam was a beautiful character because he seems so delicate and easy going, but when faced with a tough situation he really has the guts to do whatever needs to be done. Grace was also great because unlike some other heroines in other stories she actually gets off her but and takes some action when something threatens to tear her and Sam apart instead of letting the guy do all the work.
Grace is a perfectionist. She has never missed a day of school, she has perfect grades, and practically takes care of herself while her artist/hippie mother and her indifferent father stay out till sunrise and ignore Grace when they're home. Even though Grace has a bland life, there is always one thing that she's able to count on to make her feel like she belongs. Seeing her yellow eyed wolf. Maggie Stiefvator creates a beautiful and powerful connection between Grace and her wolf that really shows how much thought she put into her character's relationships. But something terrible has happened in the small town of Mercy Falls, that puts Grace's and her wolf's worlds on edge. Writing a book is easy. Writing a good book is another story. Maggie's book really captured me and although it did get a bit slow towards the middle I still love the story very much.
Stiefvator has many surprises in store for her readers with plenty of twists that you wont ever expect. So go on and try it. What have you really got to lose? I know that there's a really good chance you'll love this book as much as I do.
P.S. If you do read the book, don't forget to check out Linger, the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series!!
XoXo~ Baylee ~