I loved the way Stiefvater took the legend of the water horse and breathed new life into it. A student was complaining today that authors “cop out” when they simply retell a myth or legend. He wouldn’t be able to complain about this tale. Stiefvater has built on the past but brought her tale firmly into the present with a strong female protagonist trying to save her family and a young man trying to save himself.
The speed of the story and characters may appeal to the guys. It may, however, be difficult to get them to give it a try.