August 2009, Scholastic Press
400 pgs., Hardback
First in Wolves of Mercy Falls series
From Back Cover:
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.
This review will have a different format than any of my others thus far, but it’s a book that deserves it. The book has a distinguished individuality that makes it deserve special attention.
Layout-Amazing. Blue ink to match cover makes it seem seamless. The two interchanging POV’s that have their own unique voice that shows incredible talent from the writer. The temps posted at the beginning of each chapter help to show both if there was a break in scenes and foreshadows events within the book.
Characters-Sam is easy for me to associate myself with. He is a character with true depth that his life has developed. Grace is mature for her age due to negligence from her parents. The only character that was a ‘typical’ teenager was Rachel, but she was still likable. A problem I often have trouble with in reading YA as they often have problems that seem insignificant.
Plot-This is the only aspect I had a problem with. It was slow and had repetitive parts. If you have read my other reviews you’ll notice they are often character focused, which is my priority in any format of story whether it be book, movie or game. Character. So the plot problems where insignificant in retrospective.