Friday, April 29, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 392
Rating: 5/5 
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 was not only the first wolf book I ever read, it was also the first book that introduced me to this thing called alternating point-of-view. And let me tell you, it was MAGIC!

This story has wolves, conflict, hospital visits, bookstores, candy shops (oh! the candy shop! *swoons!*), girl-wolf angst, blood, fur, tears, laughs, kisses, dare I say bedroom visits?! & yes, it takes place in good ole Minnesota! Score 1 for my home state! Shiver honestly has it all!

These wolves are unique, they shift based on the weather, not the full moon. Cold = Wolf, Warm = Human. You see how this can be a problem? MinneSNOWta is so cold, we all freeze our nips off until the end of April…no joke. So Sam & Grace’s relationship is sort of based off this fact. Sam has to stay warm in order not to shift…so him and Grace might do some.... things to keep warm *wink,wink*! But all jokes aside Maggie creates a world that is intense & frantic it’s absolutely impossible not to get caught up in it!

I’m just going to throw this out there & feel free to disagree (even though!) Shiver has THE BEST ENDING OF ALL TIME. It literally punched me in the gut, not once, but twice. I was so side swiped by the ending I didn’t even know it was possible to become so shocked. I am serious. Maggie wrote the ending in such a fantastic way it makes you think one thing....but...that's all I’m going to say. IT. WAS. AWESOME. I still think about that ending all the time!

If you like cute boys who shift into a big cuddle-muff of fur when it's cold out, pick this UP! 

1 comment:

  1. All of the characters were really interesting and I couldn't put the book down. This author has a very interesting take on werewolves that I found very exciting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good love story, thriller and over-all great read.