The conclusion to Stiefvater’s well-loved Wolves of Mercy Falls series suffers from many of the same issues as previous books. Grace and Sam are too similar, too vanilla, too perfect. The plot drags inexcusably in the middle, and the ending is fuzzy
and unsatisfying. But Stiefvater’s signature beautiful descriptions and particular brand of heartbreak are here too, and she executes them so well that the book is worth a
read despite its flaws.
It’s early spring in Mercy Falls, and Grace is still a part-time wolf, transitioning into her human form fitfully and with nerve-wracking unreliability. Sam is cured, but he’s facing suspicion from townspeople and the local sheriff’s department, who are concerned about his seeming involvement in Grace’s disappearance and a second sinister murder. Cole is experimenting on cures using information from Beck’s notebook, but with Isabel’s father leading a state-approved wolf hunt, the pack might be dead before St. Clair has a chance to help anyone. (SCHOLASTIC, Jul., 400 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545259088, HC, 12 & Up)