Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Press (7.13.2010)
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 360 pages
Source: I own it
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
This was a re-read for me – it’s been a couple years since I last read it, and I had pretty much forgotten everything except for the very end. Looking back, I wondered why I gave it 4 stars, but reading again I realized why. While it’s not exactly memorable, it was enjoyable while I was reading it!
First of all, this book is a romance. We all know how Jessi feels about romance. But, it wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I forgot how beautiful Grace and Sam’s relationship was. It’s not overbearing or gag-worthy. It’s strong, steady, and sincere. It’s believable. It’s what a relationship should be, and I wish more were portrayed like this. Which makes it even more tragic, because the world seems hell-bent on keeping them apart! View Spoiler »Even the second time through, I was struck with how unfair it was that they beat (or at least they thought) the werewolf issue and could finally be together, only to have it unexpectedly come between them again. « Hide Spoiler
The characters were well written and realistic. I really liked Isabel! She’s kind of bitchy, but I think at her core she’s a good person. She just doesn’t know it yet! She puts on a cold facade to keep people at a distance so she can protect herself. Even though Cole is a horrible person, I’m wondering how it will play out between them. Maybe she can help him find his humanity.
One complaint I have about this book is that I didn’t feel much while reading. It’s not that I didn’t care, necessarily – I like the characters – I just didn’t connect very well to the story.
I have to say I’m very intrigued about the scientific aspect of lycanthropy. I’m curious to see how Maggie explains it, and what the connection is between shifting and the werewolf deaths. What is the trigger?! I can’t figure it out!
Side note: The writing is green!!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
I have this series, but am scared to read it, since romance is not my thing either. Good to know this one is still worth reading.
I’ve only ever read Shiver in this series. Although I liked it, I wasn’t intrigued enough to read the whole series. But I’m glad that this re-read was good. I do LOVE Maggie Stiefvater.