Wednesday, November 11, 2009

shiver


shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater
390 pages
young adult fantasy
New York : Scholastic, 2009

   When Grace was 11-years-old she was dragged from her tire swing in the backyard and mauled by some wolves. She was rescued and eventually healed with no permanent damage aside from some scars. You would think she would then fear the wolves who live in the forest behind her house. This couldn't be further from the truth, she is fascinated with them. Okay, maybe obsessed would be a better word for it. She is most especially intrigued by a yellow-eyed male. She feels an intense connection to this wolf and spends hours watching him in the winter and missing him in the summer when the whole pack disappears. Little does she know that Sam, her personal wolf, also feels a connection with her. Sam's world is divided into two lives - his winters living as a wolf and his summers as a human. Now that they have finally been brought together they will do anything to prevent Sam changing back.
    I am sure people will compare this book to that other book about vampires. However, I found shiver much more intriguing and captivating than that book. I loved the characters and the mood created by the author throughout the novel. There were parts that I found a bit dull yet I know they were necessary for showing Sam's human side (his poetry and lyrics). A fast-paced read for teens and adults who love everything werewolves!

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