Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic
The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
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.
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.
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 a good book. Actually, not just a good book, but a really great book. Maggie Stiefvater had some beautiful writing written in this blue-fonted book. (Seriously...it's blue, the words are blue! I don't why, but I thought it was sooo neat and awesome!)
Anyways. Back to the review. Grace and Sam were some well thought out, and beautifully complex characters. There was so much emotion wrapped up inside of each of them...I loved how part of Shiver was about them discovering the things that made up eachother.
This book was also a very emotional book. Shiver was a book about how strong love is, and what people are willing to do to fight for it. I was really excited, firstly because this book was about werewolves. I love books about werewolves. But the wolves was not my favorite element in this book....how lyrically written it was was what I loved about Shiver, as well as it was practically dripping in gorgeous emotions. (But that was not meant in a sappy way, I promise.) But on the note of the werewolves, I did love them in this book, particuliarly because it wasn't so "paranormal." I enjoyed and was fascinated by how it was based (not actually) on theories and science.
Maggie Stiefvater has some beautiful, gorgeous, and lyrical writing. I seriously read over certain bits and pieces, because they were so gorgeous. (I better not say that word again, but it's unavoidable.) There was bits and pieces of poetry incorporated in this novel, amazing descriptions, as well as simple sentences that described so much. Shiver displayed raw talent.
Overall, this review kinda sucked. I wish I could give Shiver a better review...it was truely gorgeous. The only thing that I found was an issue with Shiver is that I found that I wasn't unhappy to put it down once in a while and take breaks, or not read it for a day or two. But otherwise, it was a flawless novel.
I'll say it again. GORGEOUS.