Shiver – Review (YA)
Here’s the summary on the back:
“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, by Maggie Stiefvater, is the first book in a trilogy. The book follows the main characters, switching perspectives between Sam and Grace. It is written in a unique voice, one that seems to be juvenile in its innocence and yet very deep. The characters are loveable, even in their flaws. The pace is great. There is a pleasant flow and the pace keeps you moving.
This book makes it’s own definition of werewolves, twisting the traditional lore. The werewolves in this story become real wolves and only change back during the warmer months of the year (spring and summer). Grace has always been different and now she finds out just how different she is. The love between Grace and Sam is so true and so strong, there is no denying their connection. The story depicts the life within a wolf pack as well as the struggles of a teen dealing with parental problems. Sam and Grace must rely on each other to get through their problems.
Over all I would say it is worth a read. I enjoyed it.