Goodreads: Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.
What I liked: 1) Different myths. I liked that Miz Stiefvater ignored the usual myths about werewolves (the silver bullets, the full moon) and created something unique. Sam and the rest of the pack change into wolves when the temperature changes. This really had a huge impact on the entire story. The temperature was even listed at the start of each chapter (which was a nice addition!) 2) Sam and Grace. They had a very...Bella and Edward-esque romance about them. In the way they moved around each other, and the way they read each other. It was a very...uplifting kind of love. Makes you feel good just reading about it. 3) Focus. This is something that I don't comment on a lot, but this book was very focused. It wasn't going off in a lot of different directions, so the storyline flowed clearly and cleanly. 4) Descriptions. Miz Stiefvater has a way of describing things so precisely that all of your senses become engaged. There is this one scene in a candy shop where I swear I was gaining weight reading it because it was so acutely described, I might as well have been eating the candy!
What I didn't like: 1) I'm not a big fan of first person alternating narration. When I get into a story I tend to miss things like chapter breaks. So when the narrator alternates, it throws me off.
Overall thoughts: This was a well-written and unique story that left me wishing for Winter. Miz Stiefvater has managed to create a sweet love story in the midst of a paranormal plot with the potential for dangerous outcomes. The whole trilogy of The Wolves of Mercy Falls (of which this is book one) is already on shelves (which means I'm super late reading this one). This didn't leave us with a major cliff hanger, so I'll be waiting a while to read Linger (book 2).
Overall rating: 4 candy corns
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