Wolves of Mercy Falls is a book trilogy written by Maggie Stiefvater which takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota.At the start of Shiver, Grace is bitten by the wolves that live behind her house, but she is saved by a different wolf with mysterious yellow eyes. After that incident, Grace becomes obsessed with the wolves; more specifically, her yellow-eyed wolf.The yellow-eyed wolf, however, lives a double life. During the winter, he is an animal wandering through the forest, but when summer arrives, Sam and all the other wolves behind Grace's house turn human.The second book, Linger, was published in July 2010. The conclusion, Forever, was released in July 2011. A fourth entry in the series Sinner, a continuation focusing on Cole and Isabel will be released later on in 2014.
Tropes used in this series:
Abusive Parents: All of them. Sam's parents take the cake, but Grace's should've been put away for neglect long ago. Also Shelby's parents, and possibly the Culpepers as well.
Fore Shadowing: While Grace is buying a new car Sam jokes to Grace that if the car "hit a deer it would just hiccup and keep going." but much later the car does in fact hit a deer and breaks down. To make matters worse, without the car heater keeping Sam warm, he finally shifts permanently into a wolf but not before tearfully saying goodbye to Grace and Beck.
Follow the Leader: Then again, it does help the surge of human/non-human romance craze started by Twilight.
Food Porn: The description of the candy shop in Shiver may make you drool.
This is deconstructed somewhat. Although readers are told that Shelby's past life was appalling (and heck, it must have been to create someone so spectacularly fucked-up) her backstory is never used to justify her Ax-Crazy deeds.
Heroic Sacrifice: Cole towards the end of Forever injects himself with his personally created serum shifting himself into his wolf form so that he may fight off Shelby giving Sam enough time to escape and lead the pack to safety from the aerial hunt, causing himself to end up getting shot after killing Shelby. He manages to survive though. Just barely
I Am the Band: Cole St. Clair in relation to NARKOTIKA. He's the one who jumps out on album covers, and he's most likely the one who leads his friends Jeremy and Victor into temptation.
I Choose to Stay: At the end of Shiver, Olivia chooses to try and live with lycanthropy rather than gamble on an incredibly risky cure.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: At the end of Linger, it turns out lycanthropy is actually the body's (super)natural defense mechanism against a toxin- spread by the bites- that kills the victim slowly. "Curing" the shifts merely causes the toxin to kill the victim faster.
Tsundere: Isabel. She's almost always in tsun-mode but she does have her occasional dere moments,
What Happened to the Mouse?: In Shiver, Three teenagers are infected with lycanthropy by Beck. One turns out to be Cole, the second his friend Victor, but the third never shows up again.
In Forever, chapter fifty-eight: Did Isabel ask Cole in?
What the Hell, Hero?: Isabel to Sam in Linger, for ignoring the fact that Grace is dying so as not to ruin their "Dream life."
And again in Forever, for still not doing anything about it even after Grace turns wolf. Sam can be a real Emo Teen sometimes...
Wrong Genre Savvy: Rachel displays this in Forever, refusing to come near Sam (who is a suspected murderer), and basically displaying more sense than any girl in a horror movie ever has...too bad she's in a teen romance book, and not the next Friday the 13th