Grace has been obsessed with the wolves living in the woods behind her house for years. There's one in particular that she thinks of as her wolf. On the day that she starts to think that there may be more to these wolves than meets the eye, some local hunters decide to go wolf hunting in her backyard. She makes up a story to get them to stop and then comes home to find a shot and naked young man shivering on her back deck.
Wow. I've heard a lot of good things about this book and it really is great. I've read Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by this author, and I thought it was just okay, so I was a little hesitant to pick this one up. I shouldn't have been.
I have a full-blown sensitive-boy crush on Sam. I think he has it all. He loves to read, he's musical, he writes songs for Grace, he respects her and tries to treat her right, he's beautiful; I really could go on and on. Sam is the reason I loved this book.
Grace was pretty cool too. She has this weird obsession with the wolves, but that's explained. The only thing I can't figure out is how her 10- or 11-year-old self got locked in a car. Child locks are on in the back? A kid that age should know to climb out the front. Oh, and that disappearing-parent thing that is so prevalent in YA books shows up here. At least it's noted and treated as a problem rather than taken for granted and used as nothing more than an excuse to let teens do whatever they want without any adult interference.
The girl that I really liked was Isabel. She had such a tough, take-no-prisoners exterior. She didn't put up with anyone's indecisiveness or wariness. If she decided she wanted something from you, she was going to get it. As the book goes on, you find out that there's more to her than that though.
I was pretty happy with the pacing of the novel too. There's this feeling of time slipping away faster than you want it to as you're reading, which fits in perfectly with the story.
Read an excerpt.
The next book in the trilogy, Linger will be published July 20, 2010. Right around my birthday. ;-)
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