This is what a young adult book should be. YA authors take notes. You don’t need to dumb down a story that’s addressed to a teen audience. You can have a compelling story that doesn’t have to focus on two people wanting to jump each other’s bones. The main female doesn’t have to be a supposedly every girl character who is actually a Mary-Sue, and the main male does not have to be a controlling stalker. In this book there is no real romance. Sure there are hints of a developing romance but that’s all because the hero and heroine haven’t known each other very long, and are getting to know one another. The heroine is an awkward young woman who has been imprisoned all her life but after she escapes all she wants to do is survive and learn about the world. Her awkwardness is one of her most charming features and doesn’t vanish although it does get better over time. The action in the story is brilliant but what outshines that is the scenery. We get to look at the world through human and wolf eyes and each form provides new insight. The story is thrilling, compelling, and I could not put the book down. The end is a cliff hanger but that is to be expected with this type of book. I can’t wait for the second book in the series. I would recommend this to all YA book fans.