SHIVER by Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Reading Level: YA

Genre: Supernatural Fantasy

Released: August 1st 2009

Review Source: Scholastic Press

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellowed-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.

I picked up this book at the Miami International Book Fair, in downtown Miami 2015. I cannot believe I let it sit so long, but I did get it signed by the author, the fabulously talented and fun, Maggie Stiefvater!

It seems all the magic that goes bump in the nights takes place where there are four season (I live in perpetual summer). Shiver focuses on two main characters where the book gives from each of their perspectives. Grace is a high school student in Minnesota, and as a kid she was actually bitten by a wolf, however nothing happened and werewolves don’t exist.
The other POV is Sam, who is a werewolf. He is also only able to change depending on the temperature. Cold equals wolf, heat equals cute melodramatic poetry speaking lover boy. I’m being overly dramatic… or am I?

This is not the typical werewolf novel, and I am thankful for that as it is a nice change. Stiefvater’s writing style is practically seamless from the different characters transitioning POVs. Grace and Sam seem almost normal, everyday people, not the monsters and overly dramatic styling reminiscent to Twilight.


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