Monday, October 11, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace, 17, loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home. It is here during the cold winter months that she gets to see her wolf—the one with the yellow eyes. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the ensuing years he has returned each season, watching her with those haunting eyes as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party decides to retaliate. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows and intensifies, so does the reality of what awaits them. It is only a matter of time before the winter cold changes him back into a wolf, and this time he might stay that way forever.

Review by Sharon Stewart: I liked it.  Not your typical teen vampire book – no, it’s werewolves – with a twist!  I can see how teen girls would really like this book because of its portrayal of love.  This is love like you want it to be, like you wish it really could be –then you hope you can find a dream man like this.  I personally like Sam’s love for WORDS.   To quote Grace after reading a Rilke poem Sam sent to her “… in my mouth, the shapes of the words became beautiful.” (p253)  This book constantly focuses on  using the senses we often ignore.