I bought the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy on Boxing Day, along with a bunch of other books. I had heard a lot of good things about them and wanted to read them but because I had also grabbed two books I had been waiting for for a long time, I put them on my bookshelf and didn't look at them until after I had read the two new books plus eight others... then I was finally out of books... so trying to get out of the Vampire Academy mindset, I pulled out Shiver and IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE. I cannot believe I waited to read these as long as I did. Literally, it was Wednesday night that I started Shiver and I'm now halfway through Forever, the third and final book. I'll do separate posts for each book, because they so deserve them, but honestly, it took me less than 24 hours to read these books, because I could not put them down. It's not that Shiver was entirely suspenseful but I was so enthralled in Sam and Grace's relationship. So.. that was a really long intro, but now I'll just get to the gist of it...
Sam Roth is a werewolf, but not one with silver bullets and full moons. The wolves shift in the winter time, when it becomes cold and then become humans again when it's spring. I could go on and on about the way it all works but I'd get carried away. So anyways, when his pack attacks a little girl, he saves her for a reason that can only be described as love at first sight. But the thing is, he was a wolf.. and it's not some freaky mystical werewolf like from Harry Potter or something, but a real wolf. They lose all their human feelings and inhibitions. So something about Grace made Sam become human again. But after she was bitten, she never changed. They suspect it had something to do with her father accidentally locking her in the car on the hottest day of the year shortly after the attack. So Sam then proceeds to watch her while he is a wolf, and in the summers work up the nerve to talk to her as a human. But, of course that always falls through. So one night, Grace is heading home after finding out hunters are trying to kill the wolves in the woods behind her house, she finds human Sam naked on her back porch. His eyes are what tip her off that he is her wolf. They then fall in love almost immediately, while trying to keep Sam human, since it is September and he should be a wolf according to the laws of his kind.
The entire book is really captivating if you like a great love story. The whole time I was reading it I was torn between wanting Sam to stay human for them to have a great long life together and wanting Grace to become a wolf too, as you can tell the author tips towards that angle a little bit. Of course I won't tell you the ending, because that would be rude but I will tell you that this book is incredible and I'm sure that if you like Twilight, you'll love it. If you didn't, but are still a sucker for romance then I'd suggest these anyways.
Order it online: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hope you enjoy!