Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
How Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5

 
Summary (as quoted from Maggie Stiefvater's website):For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again. 
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

 
 
My thoughts:
Shiver is a really cool new take on wolves. I loved how the wolves turned into humans in the summer, and back into wolves in the winter. Main characters Grace and Sam are realistic, and even though their problems are out of this world, they themselves are absolutely human. I really related to Sam’s hesitation about approaching Grace, and when he finally did, my heart ached, because I had no idea if their love would survive or not. Grace is such an amazing heroine, and her actions are at times both extremely smart and extremely na├»ve. The story is told with very graceful prose, and I couldn’t put the book down. Every time I thought that I had figured out what would happen next, the characters surprised me. With a fast-paced, action packed plot, and a sweet yet realistic romance, Stiefvater has created a fantastic novel; Shiver is a must read.
5/5
~Moujnir 

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