Friday, July 24, 2009
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — is a haunting presence she can't seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human...until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human — or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
The first thing that caught me in this book was the lyrical writing. I've come to know that Maggie likes to incorporate music, or something music-related, in her writing--in this case, it was lyrics, ones that would pop up in Sam's head. And, like her writing, the lyrics she created were enchanting and fit the characters' situations perfectly.
The creativity of the novel was refreshing. Instead of the moon being the reason for changing from a wolf to a human or vice versa, in this novel, it was the temperature. I found this to be very creative and original.
Grace and Sam fit perfectly together, like yin and yang. Their relationship, even before Sam transformed back to his human self, was special and unique. I found it amazing that Grace fell in love with him, without even knowing his voice, only by seeking his eyes and finding his scent. And I so badly wanted them to have a happy ending, after all they had been through to get to this point, them being together. The outcome of their relationship was different than I expected, but nonetheless, satisfactory.
Shiver is a chilling tale of romance between a girl and her wolf. You won't want the story to end. Maggie Stiefvater has once again proven her amazing skill, the ablility to lure you in with her addicting words and catchy lyrics.