Everything that I didn’t like about this book I’m positive other people love so take this review with a grain of salt.
The author tossed almost all the traditional werewolf folklore out the window, but I happen to like traditional werewolf folklore so it didn’t work for me. I love the fact that Sam wasn’t a typical “pretty boy alpha male with a perfect body”, but werewolf novels are one of the few times that type of character makes sense. He was so lanky and sensitive that I had a hard time buying that he was the future alpha of the pack. He was too sweet for words, and I liked him, but I got sick of the song lyrics he was constantly writing inside his head.
The entire book was written in a very lyrical way, and again, that is going to work for some people, but you are dealing with a girl who doesn’t really like poetry so it annoyed me. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shakespearean sonnets, and I get choked up when I read Annabel Lee, but for the most part I don’t like flowery writing.
I like that Grace wasn’t fragile and stereotypically girly, but she still maintained a softness that came out whenever Sam was around. The fact that she became obsessed with wolves after almost being killed by them when she was a child, made sense. Instead of fearing them she worked to understand them and subsequently fell in love with them. However, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t creeped out by the fact that she fell in love with Sam when he was in his wolf form. The book is very clear that when Sam becomes a wolf, he is a wolf. Yes, he’s a little stronger and faster than your average wolf, but he’s a wolf nonetheless. And Grace somehow fell in love with him when he was still a wolf. This and a few other illogical things are explained before the book ends. But all the explanations felt too convenient.
I am willing to admit that this was a good book. The writing was not my taste, but I recognize that it was pretty. I won’t say that the mystery, romance, and fantasy elements were well written, but they would entertain a lot of people. I can’t say whether I will continue with the series or not. I liked this one enough to consider finding out what happens to Sam and Grace in the future, but I also don’t understand how the author is going to squeeze that many books out of their story. This ended pleased me enough that I may just have to leave things as they are.
If you want a different take on werewolves, enjoy flowery writing, and want a leading man who doesn’t fit the stereotypical alpha male role, then this is going to be the perfect read for you.
Because of violence and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There is no detailed sexual content.