April: Book with a one word title.
The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1 – Maggie Stiefvater
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 book was very readable, easygoing and accessible. Just what I’ve been needing to get me in the reading mood. It’s a dual-perspective story following the interactions between Grace (‘normal girl’) and Sam (sometime wolf/boy). There’s a minor side-plot which I assume will be furthered in subsequent books. It showcases an interesting new take on the werewolf myth – presenting the condition as an infection rather than a supernatural curse – which is refreshing.
That said, the story was quite tame and the ending of the book was somewhat trite. There was no real message or lesson, leaving the plot a little lacking. All in all, it was a fluffy little romance; good for killing time. Sadly it didn’t leave me craving more of the Grace/Sam story and I doubt that I’ll be seeking out the remaining three books in the series.