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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Shiver 
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published: Scholastic (August 1, 2009)
Pages: 390
Series: Book 1 of The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Source: Paperback, signed copy from This Is Teen
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My thoughts: Let me start off saying that this book blew my mind! It was slow-paced, but breath taking all at the same time.  I must admit when I'd first picked this book up in middle school, I'd put it back after reading the first few pages. Sad, right, but now, I love this book. Maggie sure has a way this words because as I was reading it, she literally put me in Mercy Falls with how descriptive she wrote.

I also noticed it was written similar to how Twilight is written, (I know all the Twilight haters out out here booing me for that.) but being written like Twilight isn't a bad thing, it's a great book. Shiver is basically about Grace, a normal teenager, who was one day taken away by wolves when she was younger, but one wolf with magical yellow eyes stopped them from killing her. Now,Grace is all grown up and in high school and ever since that day, she's been watching and growing attached to that wolf with the yellow eyes that lives in the woods behind her house. It's an obsession she doesn't really notice until one day, a boy is killed by them, and the town's men try to kill the wolves. Grace comes home to find a naked boy lying on her porch that's been shot, but Grace notices something about him. He has the same yellow eyes of the wolf she loves and it turns out that the yellow-eyed boy is her wolf.

I found it funny in the beginning how Grace was falling in love with a wolf. I know love is love no matter what, but it's a wolf for Christ's sake! Then when he changed into a human and they were together, I went, "Awwwwww." Grace and Sam, the wolf, are just perfect for each other, but one thing is Sam and all the other wolves change as the temperature drops. I liked the summer/spring/winter transformation thing a lot and when they talked about the how the werewolf changing at a night I got happy because it went along with the original werewolves. Good job Maggie.

The ending was so sad, but unbelievably crazy. It made me want more, so as of either next week or 2 weeks from now I will be reading and reviewing Linger, the second book in the series.

Favorite Line: He whispered, "Did you tell that man you went potty on yourself?"  "You. Shut. Up." I hissed back furiously and chucked the scrubs at his head.

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