Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series Status: 2nd book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series
# of pages: 416
My rating: 3/5 stars
*This is not the first book in the series so summary may contain spoilers*
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 being a human.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life 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?
I was beginning to hit a slump and there’s nothing better than a cheesy paranormal to pull me out of it so I was really excited about picking this one up.
However this book was not as great as the first one. It still was entertaining and the new character added to it but this was definitely suffering from middle book syndrome. There is no real plot to this story other than figuring out why a character is sick. This made the plot feel like it was dragging a lot and the pacing was screwed up because of it.
A positive about it though is that I still flew through it because I kept wanting to learn more about the newly introduced main character, Cole. His new perspective on the world of shifting into a wolf is what held this book together for me. He was such a darker look compared to the innocent Sam that has held up the story previously that getting to see someone who actually enjoys this change created a unique perspective. That mixed with inkling of a romance made me enjoy his story way more than I expected.
I do wish that this installment focused on him a little bit more so that he would be more developed because I felt that all of the characters didn’t really grow with this story. There was not a ton of development and it felt like some scenes were placed in just for emphasis instead of necessity.
That being said it was still a paranormal romance and it did exactly what those are supposed to do and entertain. There’s not anything overly complex about this series but the cheesiness combined with the adorable relationships serves it purpose.
Something else that I also surprisingly enjoyed was the multiple POVs in it. I don’t normally have a problem with multiple POV switches but when they are in first person they can be a little much especially with so many characters; however, this installment handled four first person POVs really well and in a way that didn’t complicate or confuse things.
Overall this being a cheesy book did exactly what I hoped even if it is suffering from the dreaded middle book syndrome.