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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver. New York: Scholastic, 2009.

I was never afraid of him. He was large enough to tear me from my swing, strong enough to knock me down and drag me into the woods. But the ferocity of his body wasn’t in his eyes. I remembered his gaze, every hue of yellow, and I couldn’t be afraid. I knew he wouldn’t hurt me.
I wanted him to know I wouldn’t hurt him.
I waited. And waited.
And he waited, too, though I didn’t know what he was waiting for. It felt like I was the only one reaching out.
But he was always there. Watching me watching him. Never any closer to me, but never any further away either.
And so it was an unbroken pattern for six years: the wolves’ haunting presence in the winter and their even more haunting absence in the summer. I didn’t really think about the timing. I thought they were wolves. Only wolves.

Grace has always been obsessed with the yellow-eyed wolf that rescued her as a child. And when she discovers that the wolf spends his summers in human form, it seems like everything is perfect. Except that Sam's time as a human is getting short, and unless they can find a cure, the two will soon be separated forever.

Phenomenal concept. Werewolves that transform based on temperature rather than the moon (although it is colder at night, so it still fits with our mythology). The writing was good, sort of lyrical, fun to listen to. The characters were smart and enchanting.
If you love to read paranormal romance, this is a great book for you. It's unique and familiar all at the same time, and it's almost impossible not to fall in love with Sam.

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