Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date of release:5th October 2009
Number of pages: 448
Also by this author: Linger (sequel), Lament
Book Girl Rating: * * * *
The pack circled around me, tongues and teeth and growls. When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace's small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion. But Grace can't help being fascinated by the pack, and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. There's something about him - something almost human. (Synopsis taken from back of book).
Shiver is a supernatural romance about Grace, a teenage girl who was attacked by a pack of wolves as a child. Rescued by one wolf with piercing yellow eyes, she can't shake the thought of him from her mind. She watches as each year, the wolf disappears in the Summer and returns each Winter. When she meets Sam, she is instantly intrigued. As Sam and Grace grow closer, it's clear that he's changing..and soon the very thing that brought them together could be the thing that may tear them apart..forever.
Shiver is a wonderful story of romance, change and, excuse the gush...love. The hypnotic and at times, melancholy prose is utterly irresistible and wraps you in the world of Mercy Falls! The sense of longing between Grace and Sam is almost tangible as their limited time together tugs on the reader’s emotions with great weight. The juxtaposition of the ‘animal’ life and ‘human’ life is intriguing as a reader and Maggie's lyrical style of writing describes so aptly Sam’s struggle between remembering being human and wolf and the difficulties faced in changing between the two. The dual narration perspective was a fantastic way to tell their story - I loved it! Maggie's writing makes it easy to distinguish between Grace and Sam's distinctive voices.
Maggie's characters are easy to relate to and personable. I love Grace's determination and Sam's humility.
To summarise - what a great book. I'd love to get lost in the world of Mercy Falls any day; and I think Sam just beat Edward to the post of book-hero. A great read, with beautiful, intelligent writing and charming, likeable characters.