(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 1st 2009
Genres: Animals, Love & Romance, Wolves & Coyotes, 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.
“’Books are more real when you read them outside.’”
Some of the audiobooks that I choose to listen to while driving are first books in a series that I never finished or stories that I want to hear again. Shiver was one of the first YA novels that I ever read. It was during the Twilight craze, and I was slowly discovering the varying types of werewolves and vampires and other supernatural creatures that lived in fictitious realms or real places turned fantastical across the bookshelves of bookstores that opened up a whole new life besides the one I was presently living. Shiver is a story that will stay with you. I still remembered the end when I decided to listen to it again so I could move onto the copy of Linger that’s been sitting pretty on my shelf for probably five years. (Too—I mean so—many books, so little time).
Sam and Grace have a strange connection. For two thirds of the year, Sam was a wolf—Grace’s wolf that lingered on the edge of the woods behind her house. The unbearable hot summers snapped his human side into place, but they don’t meet when they’re both human until Sam is shot by one of the members of a hunting party. If this is the first time you’re reading this book, you have to remember that Sam and Grace had been developing and forming—albeit an incredibly strange—relationship for six years. Grace had been bitten, too, but she never turned. So, it did seem a little instantaneous how quick they jumped into a relationship, but a part of me didn’t care. They saw their connection differently, so as I reader, I felt that I had to look at it differently, too.
They’re journey, trying to keep Sam human and falling deeper and deeper in love with each other, is beautiful. The fight was throughout the entire story. I knew how it was going to end, but I still couldn’t wait for the next scene, the next kiss, the next burst of cold air that would make Sam shift—you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat. Grace was a strong character, and I saw two sides to her—the side that read non-fiction and had little to no relationship with her parents and the girl that loved her wolf, then Sam, more than she loved herself. Sam struggled with more than trying not to shift. He had to learn who he was beyond the pack, even if the return loomed over his head, an inevitability more than a maybe.
I go through stages where I want to read everything Maggie Stiefvater has ever written. I’m going through one of those stages right now. Her writing is marvelous and flows beautifully. Her characters are unique and hilarious, as well as real and broken enough to seem plausible. If you haven’t read anything by her yet, find a bookstore, search for Stiefvater, and grab whatever appeals to you the most. You’ll be back for the rest, anyway.