Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
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.
After hearing so much about this book and with the recent release of Linger, I figured it was time to read it. I wondered how I would feel about another book involving werewolves, but I went in with an open mind. All I can say is…I wish I would have read it sooner!
This was definitely one of the most well-written books I have ever read. The author does an incredible job of evoking the emotions that Sam and Grace are feeling. I got so wrapped up in the book towards the end that I actually missed my bus stop and had to walk back to my apartment!
I really like how the narration switches back and forth between Sam and Grace as well. I often find while reading a book that I wish I knew how another character was feeling – with Shiver, I didn’t have to wonder at all.
This book also has one of my favorite covers. It’s simple, but beautiful and is a great interpretation of the book. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a beautifully written story that will pull at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more.