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.
The first thing that I have to admit is even for a paranormal romance this wasn't the worst one I've read. But I still don't think paranormal romance is something I'm never going to be a fan of and sadly the romance between Sam and Grace didn't change my feelings. They were your typical supernatural boy + plain girl-next-door couple. As soon as Sam walked into the picture he was all Grace could think about. He was her obsession and it's just plain unhealthy. I know what the thrill of a new relationship is like and in a way I could understand why they were both a bit clingy. This was possibly Sam's last year as a human and Grace was finally meeting that mysterious golden eyed wolf that hung around a lot. But Grace was suddenly disinterested in school and just started skipping to spend time with Sam. Maybe this is the teaching assistant in me but EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT!
What bugged me the most was the case of the absent/neglecting parents that seem to crop up time and time again in YA books at the moment. Grace had the typical YA parents. Didn't listen, didn't want to listen and had distanced themselves away from their daughter with work and their own interests. It's just been done so many times that I'm pining for a book where the parents actually act like the responsible, caring adults they should be. Yes there are broken and dysfunctional families in real life but there are also parents who act like parents. There needs to be a better balance here.
Another pro to the novel was Sam's P.O.V which was interesting at times. There we got a sense of his conflict as wonders whether the werewolf family that raised and looked after him are actually the good guys and a little bit into his character. For a supernatural boy I liked him. Definitely an improvement from the Jaces and Edwards of prn. He was nice and friendly, a genuine guy who was conflicted about being a werewolf but didn't sulk and brood about it all the time.
But it wasn't a book that captivated me. I wasn't hooked and couldn't bring myself to really care about the characters, especially Grace. She wasn't personality of the year and didn't stand out. Quite bland to be honest. She was quiet, didn't have much of a friendship with her friends, and didn't seem to have many interests, choosing to obsess over the wolves.
Overall, I think I might leave it here. I wasn't interested in finding out what happens in the rest of the trilogy.