Saturday, June 5, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefater

Just finished the book - it was different than the ones I've been reading with vampires or mystical creatures. This one involves werewolves. Grace and Sam are destined to be together. He saved her when she was younger from an attack and she falls in love with him... as a wolf. His eyes, yellow and dreamy she can't take her mind off them. She realized though that he's just not a wolf, but a werewolf when he appears at her door, naked and shot... they spend weeks together learning about what he is, how they are connected and that Grace herself was 'bitten' years ago. Her friends at school and the town hear of a wolf attack and those dreary images sliding back to Grace of her own attack when she was young... but the biggest gossip is that Jack (another kid at school) was gone/dead after he was attacked... this spirals the whole book - more kids/friends learn of the truth and the bitterness that comes with it. With each cold day coming quicker, Sam and the rest of the wolves know its their last days to be human and their change back to being a wolf inevitable. But why has Grace not changed, why has she retained her human form with her sharpened skills... could there be a cure or a new change of the rules for future werewolves? And what will become of Sam, her love?

I loved the book and the ending, sooo happy this is a trilogy and that I get more!! Totally preteen appropriate - some sexual tension but the author doesn't go into any detail other than their kissing. Kept my attention the whole book and it seemed seamless as the author goes between two point of views - Grace and Sams - as each chapter goes back and forth between them. You see it from both perspectives - neat!

Author Notes:
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.

Linger comes out July 20th 2010 and the third Forever in July 2011.


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Graphics used on page are from digital scrapbooking kit Sugar Rush by Flergs and Ziska. Blog arranged by Designs by Sarah using her Blog Design Service.