Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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 (Barnesandnoble.com).

What a great book to start the month off with! This is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I got Linger in the mail, the second book of the series and I really wanted to read it so I picked this one up.

I usually don't like when books switch POVs off and on throughout the book but I really loved how the author switched from Sam's to Grave's POV. It just worked. I love Grace and Sam, they are really great characters. They are opposites, too, which I think is interesting. Grace is a book worm and Sam is an artist. My favorite part of the book is how Grace loved Sam for so many years even when she knew him only as a wolf.

I was surpised that one of my favorite characters was Isabel. In the beginning I thought she was going to be a great antagonist and then all of the sudden I really liked her. She is very smart and I think she has a lot more going on then she lets on. Her character is dynamic and I can tell she is going to be fun to read about in Linger.

The plot had me perpetually sad. It kind of reminded me of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. If you liked Shade, you will definitely like this book. There were some parts of the both books that were eerily similar. I kept thinking that I wasn't going to like how the book ended but I really liked the ending.

I am really enjoying Schiefvater's writing and I have Ballad and Lament and I can't wait to read them but first I have to see what's next for Sam and Grace in Linger.

Overall: 5/5

1 comment:

  1. Maggie Stiefvater has managed to craft an intensely involving, desperate love story without the cliche teen stupidity a la Romeo & Juliet. Quite the feat. The descriptions are lovely, the young protagonists sympathetic, and there's a scene in a candy shop that will leave you absolutely salivating. I dare you to read that one just once.