Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human-and Grace must fight to keep him-even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Shiver is one of those reads that grips you from the very beginning. It starts out with Grace and tells the story of how she met the wolves. From that point on the story takes you on a hot and cold roller coaster ride. This is a different take on wolves then I am used to. I never would have thought to use the temperature as the reason for the change, and that the moon really holds no sway. I loved the love story; the obstacles that must be over come. I don't want to say to much, because it would give the story away. I am not one who likes spoilers.

Another thing that makes this an interesting read is the way it alternatives first person point of view between Grace and Sam. I love being put in the mind of the characters; their take on others. Everything about this book just makes the characters come alive. I was joyful when they were joyful; ached when they ached.

This week I will be continuing the story with Linger. Look for the review soon.


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