by Maggie Stiefvater
When Grace was small she was dragged from a swing in her back yard by a band of starving wolves. She was mauled nearly to death; yet, instead of fearing them, wolves are all she can think about. Each night of the cold winter she watches the wolf with the yellow eyes—the wolf who saved her life—and she wonders why he continues to appear just outside of her reach. I can't tell you much more about the novel (don't want to spoil any surprises) but I can say that Stephenie Meyer of the Twilight series has some serious competition here. Grace is a very intelligent and strong young woman, and the romance that develops in the story doesn't come off as too sappy. She is a girl who needs to be loved and to connect with someone, but she doesn't allow that need to consume her completely.
By Maggie Stiefvater
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book #2
Sam assumes his leadership role as keeper of the pack, even though he will apparently never shift again. His relationship with Grace is stronger than ever, despite the fact that Grace’s parents become opposed to their romance—why?—because they find Sam sleeping with Grace in her bed. New blood comes to the pack in the form of a drug-addled rocker named Cole who apparently becomes irresistible to Isabel. The dark, melodramatic affair that develops between Cole and Isabel stands in stark contrast to the relationship between Sam and Grace. In all, the plot of the novel trudges on with few surprises, and in keeping with Bk. 1 the mood is decidedly dark. Sadly, what was a serious but non-sappy romance in Bk. 1 has waxed a bit exaggerated and artificial in this second installment. And as for Cole and Isabel...the novel couldn’t get more predictable. The book’s ending is clearly supposed to be a twist, but falls into place like letters in the alphabet. With so many other great books out there waiting for me to read them, I, for one, might be hard-pressed to read book 3 in the series, Forever, already in stores.