Friday, September 24, 2010

When the Temperature Drops...


Written by: Maggie Stiefvater

Released: July 13, 2009 by Scholastic Press

Summary: the cold.

Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.

Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.

For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Well, I was really surprised when I found this at one of my libraries, so I immediately scooped it up because I wanted to know what all the hype was about. After all, this book and the sequel have flooded the blogs for the last... while anyways. Personally I never saw the need nor did I have the want to read this book, but since it was there free, I took a chance.

Admittedly, I don't see the allure of this book. Sure, I completely developped a literary crush on Sam, but I did that for Jacob too. Hmmm... I'm sensing a pattern here.

The idea behind the werewolves was something that I did enjoy reading about; how they would be forced to shift due to the temperature is such an original concept that I couldn't help but completely respect it. It was so different from anything else that I had ever read and it made complete sense in regards to the story. It was like, if you tried to think about how - in the real world - the werewolf legend could possibly be remotely true, this would be an extraordinary case to plead.

However, Sam aside, I found the characters a little one dimensional. I didn't respond to Grace at all and I thought that Olivia was a flake and completely selfish. I kind of liked Shelby, though, and I think that it would be interesting to have a book written about her. Or at least featuring her more as a main character than one mentioned only really in passing to cause tension to the love-fest happening.

At the end, I wasn't disappointed that I had caved and read this book, but I still don't see how my life would have been different had I of not read it either. If the second book can be found at the library, I may check it out since I don't like to leave a series of book unread in their entirety, but I highly doubt that I would read this again just for kicks. I'm giving it a 6/10.

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