Monday, July 18, 2011
By Maggie Stiefvater
Source I own it
First Sentence I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.
Grace has always lived for winters. It's when her wolf with the brilliant yellow eyes roams the forest that borders her house. Then she meets Sam with his yellow eyes, eyes so similar to her wolves.
I'm having such a hard time forming an opinion with this one. I listened to the first 130 pages on audio book while driving and was irritated with the narrators. The girl reading for Grace sounded about thirteen and the guy reading for Sam sounded around forty...I had a really hard time getting over the sound of his voice. Plus the two of them read so slow and with such sappy, breathy tones that for 6 hours I had only gotten to page 130...Dude quite angsting it up and just read the dang thing!!! However, after I just read the rest in "normal" book form I was still disgusted with the long flowery writing. For like one minute, every so often, something was actually happening and then there were pages of NOTHING happening. At least once I was reading it myself I could read at my own pace in my own voice! I did enjoy the aspect of the weather and how it affected the wolves. I thought that was unique and interesting. I've heard good things about the relationship between Cole and Isabel in the second book, so I will continue the series but Grace and Sam and their overly romantic relationship...ick! Basically, my whole problem with this one besides the gushy romantic angst, was the pacing.
Grace was incredibly selfish to me. She dumps her friends after a little tiff and clings to Sam ignoring everything that's going on. Argh, I hate girls like that. Sam was unbelievable to me. I just didn't buy his attitude. I did feel bad about his horrible childhood and I'll admit that the forty year old voice wouldn't leave my head which probably influenced my feelings about him. Olive and Rachel felt like fillers to prove Grace was a normal adjusted girl. Grace's parents bugged me with their absence but I was more frustrated with the author for even creating such pathetic parents. I really didn't feel like I got to know the other wolves well enough to connect to them. Isabel was a fun character I actually want to get to know better. (fingers crossed)
Would I recommend it?
I'm sure most of you have read it, so I probably shouldn't even bother but, yes, I'd recommend it because I know my opinion was warped and that most people would love it.