Saturday, February 20, 2010

Review: Shiver

Title: Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

From Shelfari, "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."

Maggie Stiefvater's words remind me of the cover of the book, stunning, artistic, and lyrical with a sense that something wicked is lurking nearby.

Sam, lives a life that has its complications. In the warmer months, he's a human. In the colder months, he is a shape shifter that becomes a wolf. Every year, the time that he is a human becomes less and less. Sam knows that eventually, he will become a wolf forever. The one thing that remains constant in Sam's life is Grace, the girl that he watches.

Grace is obsessed by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house. As a child, she was attacked by a wolf and survived to become even more intrigued by the wolves... especially the one with the yellow eyes that saved her.

One thing that I really liked about Stiefvater's writing was that although the story was told from both perspectives, the writing captures the essence of both characters. Feeling the joy and pain of both characters was an amazing, and at times, sad experience.

This is a love story that will stand the test of time. I'm very excited to see what happens next, but will have to wait until the next book in the series, Linger, comes out July 20, 2010. Here's hoping that time flies!

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