Author: Maggie Stiefvater (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Format: Hardcover (400 pages)
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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.
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.
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. Summary from Dust Jacket
I absolutely loved Shiver. The story was sweet and sensual, exciting and heart-breaking, and happy and sad. And, even though it seemed kind of slow at first, I was hooked from the beginning because of the characters. Grace and Sam made the story seem so real. I loved the cleanliness and innocence of the sensuality of Grace and Sam’s relationship. I also loved the awkwardness of experiencing first love through them.
My favorite thing about the book was that it changed from Grace’s point-of-view to Sam’s and vice versa. In fact, now that I’ve read Shiver, I think the change in point-of-view between the two main characters is the one thing Twilight is missing, at least until Stephenie Meyer finishes Midnight Sun. Getting to experience the world from both the human and wolf perspective was so enlightening and added so much to the story.
Because of Shiver, I want to read more books written by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s so talented and does a great job of forming the story and pulling you through it. I definitely recommend this book as a good read, especially if you’re a Twilight fan. However, even if you aren’t a Twilight fan and you like young adult paranormal romances, I think you’ll like Shiver.