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.
First, major props to the designer of this cover. It is easily one of my favorite book covers ever.
Stiefvater has an almost magical ability to explain away the squickiness of her book's romance to the smallest degree possible. Falling in love with a wolf? ...Kinda weird. But she has a bit of wolf in her? So it's okay? Love at first sight is only a little bit creepy?
Whatever. This is the sort of book where you have to throw out your romantic reservations and let yourself bask in the drama and angst. How can they stay together when Sam is a werewolf!? Add in some other werewolves with violent tendencies, and you've got a plot.
I did really like Stiefvater's take on werewolves. Instead of the moon, temperature is what forces them to change form. And each year the time they spend as a human decreases until they are a wolf always and forever. Very clever.
I can see how a lot of people would really adore this series. While I did enjoy it, I have to say it's just not my cup of tea (Earl Grey with cream and sugar). Love at first sight is unbelievable to me at the best of times, and when one lover is a human and the other is wolf, my hesitation is increased a hundredfold. Kudos to Stiefvater for making me care at all, really.
I won't be reading the next two books in the series, but this was a decent read.
Three out of five chocolate shops.
Release Date: August 2009
Reading Level: Ages 9+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: YPL STI