Saturday, October 16, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Published: August 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 392
Copy Provided by: Library
Summary: Goodreads


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.

I like the cover of the book but I’m not sure why it took me so long to read it. I’m sorry it did. Since I've read Shiver, I have also finished reading Linger (2nd book of the Wolves of Mercy Falls). I still need to do a review though.

So let me tell you about Shiver. It is a love story. An all out romantic love story about a girl and a wolf. If you let it, the words will caress you and trap you in their embrace. The characters in the story feel real and believable and I love the lyrical elements sprinkled throughout. Originally I wanted to do this post in some kind of lyrical presentation but honestly, I'm not sure I could do it justice without being embarassed. Maggie writes beautifully and Shiver is a wonderful book to read if you want a book that will pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for a happy ending.

The main thing that sets this book apart from other novels is it's appearance. The book is printed in blue ink on the inside. Ninety-nine percent of all others are black. Linger is in a dark green ink and her 3rd book, Forever will be in red.

Maggie makes reference to music a lot in this book and Sam is incredibly lyrical. Her writing reminds me a bit of Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall in that it flows like a song. Ms. Stiefvater makes many references to song lyrics that Sam makes up in his head. If ever she runs out of steam writing terrific series, she could always find work as a lyricist or a muse. This woman is amazing. Oh, and I haven't even begun to talk about the work she can do with a Sharpie. Is it fair for someone to have so much talent?

I had an opportunity to chat with her for a bit via Facebook when Indigo/Chapters had an online interview session with her. Fans could ask her questions in a live ‘chat’. It was very cool....

Be sure to check out all of the books in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series -

<-----This is the cover of the newest title (Blogger is messing with my formatting right now...

The cover for Forever was announced just a few weeks ago. I love the continuity of this series....I will be continuing with Forever when it comes out in July 2011!!

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