The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1

Reviewed by Melanie on September 15, 2017


After discovering Maggie Stiefvater with The Scorpio Races I was excited to jump into another one of her books, especially a series. Now that I’ve finished the book and read over the review, I can understand some of the negativity, but I enjoyed the book, and the characters.

I know it’s been called Twilight: Jacob’s Story, but this was a new take on werewolves for me. Perhaps I enjoyed the book more because I listened to it as an audiobook, and I had the voices, and inflection, gave the characters, and the plot of the book a lot of depth I probably would have missed by reading the book physically.

Grace is different from most female characters. She’s strong, and while she has a strong connection to the wolf who saved her from being the other wolves dinner, I don’t find her attraction to the wolf strange, and t never occurred to me that people could find her love for this wolf inappropriate.

Like Grace, Sam is also different from most male characters. He’s sensitive, sweet and maybe he’s a bit more in tune with his emotions, but it is his humanity that’s important to him. He doesn’t want to lose what makes him him.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and the attempt at saving both Jack and Sam, to make them human once again. I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Maggie Stiefvater
Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
Scholastic Inc.
October 27, 2009

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

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