Maggie StiefvaterLinger by
This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.
Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.
But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.
Really, honestly, I don't have words for how awesome this book was. I really enjoyed the first one, but this book took things to a whole new level (which is impressive, considering the second book in a series always seems to lag--this one didn't, at ALL). Anyhow, the story was great, the characters were so real, and the writing was superb. There have been few books that I really just had to savor, set down for a bit while I mull over a turn-of-phrase, or just think about what happened (the only other book that comes to mind is The Book Theif, which also knocked my socks off). Anyhow, it was an awesome read. For other science types out there, don't think too hard about the ending--I'm hoping things are explained more in book #3--but do read it. Totally worth it. I really should have made the trek to San Fran to see the author this past weekend, but it just wasn't in the cards. Still very much kicking myself for that!