This is a beautiful and unique love story which reaches into the unknown world of love between a girl and a wolf.
Grace, having been attacked by the pack of wolves that live in the woods near her house, feels a close connection to them long after the attack from when she was young girl. In particular to one wolf who somehow saved her from them. From that day forward, the wolf watches over her like a sort of guardian angel and after 6 years of watching things begin to happen and the secrets of the wolf pack which frequent her forest come to light. It appears that the wolves are not just wolves...
The book follows the building of that relationship with the wolf who saved her, called Sam. It is a journey which reveals more about the lives of the wolves and the pack and in particular Sam and his past. What is most beautiful though, is the unspoken love that has always been there for Grace or Sam, wolf or not and his struggle to hold on to Grace, reality and what makes him Sam.
I liked that there was a change to the old stereotype of wolves in this book, with it showing that it is temperature that is their trigger instead of the moon. And Stiefvater makes a point of pointing out the temperature at the start of each chapter so you can get a hold on the situation, or the situation to come. This helped to build the tension and made for a gripping read as the temperature dropped or rose. This feature, of course, relates to the title of the book and you see why she has called it such with the progression in knowledge of the wolf pack.
In addition, I really liked the idea that the eyes were the identifier for someone, and eyes play a large part in recognition in the story.
The lead to an ending which was heartbreaking and one which made me cry with joy for the final twist.
This is truly one for the collection with its unique twist on the paranormal romance scene. I am looking forward to the next book in the series; Linger which out on the 5th of July.