Maggie Stiefvater Shiver
392 pp. Scholastic Press. 2009 ISBN: 0-545-12326-7
When Grace was a little girl she was viciously attacked by wolves living in the woods behind her house. She doesn’t remember how, but she was rescued before they killed her. Since then Grace has felt a connection to the wolves, especially the one with yellow eyes. Sam spends most of his life as a wolf watching Grace from a distance. Even when he’s human he doesn’t have the courage to speak to her. After a tragic event brings them together, life isn’t the same for Sam and Grace. How can their love last with Sam fighting to stay human and others fighting against them?
My students gave me conflicting opinions on Shiver, so I had to read it for myself. It didn’t take me long to fall into this book; the cover alone is beautiful and intriguing. I love that Grace is so independent and sure of herself and that Sam is such a romantic. I wish there were more confident characters like Grace and less “damsels in distress” in the abundance of paranormal fantasies being published. Another plus is that Maggie Stiefvater is descriptive in detail without being “wordy.” I could easily picture myself with them in Grace’s room or hear Sam reciting poetry to Grace. I’ve already read Linger and look forward to reading more books written by Maggie Stiefvater.