Publisher: Scholastic Press.
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.
Maggie Stiefvater did an amazing job with this story. The plot was simple, but she wrote it so beautifully and attracting. I was hooked, line and sinker, just after the first chapter. Though I was excited about this book, I was worried that it might have that Twilight-esque feel to it, but any pre-conceived notion about that was thrown right out the window.
Grace and Sam are portrayed as regular, all-around normal teenagers. There’s no strong personality traits getting in the way of their relationship, and there’s no complicated angst to keep them separated. They work through the story with their hearts in tact, and with no cliché teenage problems, which made me extremely happy.
Another thing I enjoyed were the lack of characters. Most of the time, I find that a flaw in stories, but with a story like this- it’s good to keep things leveled. Maggie introduced just a few key characters, who will more than likely play key roles in the future books of the series. Each character was different, defined and contributed amazingly to the plot.
I laughed (Sam is extremely cute), cried, smiled, yelled, and went through the whole chain of emotions with this one. It’s a love story without all the cheesy fluffing. All in all, this is right up there on my list of favorite books of all time. It’s that good.
So my suggestion, if you haven’t read it yet- drop everything and find a way to get your hands on a copy. Everything about it, right down to the beautiful shiny cover, is incredible!