Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press (August 1, 2009)
Reading Level: Young Adult
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling 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, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Shiver completely made me shiver with wonder and awe. I'm in such anticipation for the next book; Linger. I found Grace and Sam's relationship to be quite full of real...I mean REAL chemistry, which is pretty hard to find in the many YA couples clamoring for readers' attentions.
Although I found Grace's parents to be inadequate, Grace really had a backbone for taking care of herself and yet she also has a not-so-obvious facade that she doesn't care whether her parents really love her or not. But all these barriers are broken when she meets Sam. His background and his actions completely match him and I found that Sam and Grace really do match well together.
The prose of Shiver is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. The cover really says a lot about the book. Stiefvater really creates a wonderful, magical world full of enchantment, infused with reality.
It's not the perfect fairytale, but it's one worth remembering and loving.