Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

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 - Synopsis from the book

Ok, so this book . . . this book made me fall out of love with vampires, and fall in love with the wolf.  Shiver was simply, just one word, Romantic, the entire series actually.  I loved it.  I smiled at so many parts in this book, I rolled my eyes at myself. 
So, as the story goes, we have Sam.  Book keeper person by day (aka summer), wolf at night (aka winter/colder weather).  Enter Grace.  Back story?  She was attacked by wolves when she was younger, but was saved by a wolf from that pack.  The wolf bites resulted in a dangerously high fever, whereby her not so brilliant father locks her up in the car on a hot day while he gets some medicine for her and pretty much bakes her, which ironically enough, saves her life.  Grace eventually finds out Sam is her wolf, but this is Sam's last year as a human, and they race against time to find a way to keep Sam human.  Pretty much it in a nutshell. (give or take a fact here or there) Stiefvater's writing style is like reading a poem.  Everything . . . every word, every description, every word that leaves the characters lips were poetic.  The hopeless romantic in me couldn't help falling in love with this story.  You will literally experience so much emotion reading this book.  I (again!) had to pull out my good friend, tissue box.  I was just so caught up in the build up to this ultimate love, that I cried in the end (or close to the end). 
Stiefvater captivated me with the story of Sam and Grace.  Throw in that she writes in the eyes of both Grace and Sam, there's no way you don't get swept up in the drama.  I love reading through first person perspective.  I feel more of a connection with the character, and feel that it's easier for me to understand what they are going through, how they think, and how they come up with their decisions.
Shiver (as well as the rest of The Wolves of Mercy Falls novels) are a must have on any true Chick Lit fan's bookself.  And helloooo (!), how cool is the different coloured ink per book? Blue for Shiver, Green for Linger, etc.  You're totally gonna go check now, aren't you?!

Like any good reader I made an assumption on the novel right after reading the first chapter, I assumed that the entire novel Shiver would basically be about Grace and Sam being unaware of each others existance (yes even at school) until the full moon or something silly like that. Sadly *plays worlds smallest violin* my assumption on the novel was one word: WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! (Okay so maybe not one word as a sentance but it's still that one word). As it turns out, after reading the epilogue that will literally make your heart pound from the action that it starts with, I began to wonder why exactly she has no idea that the wolf who saved her watches her every summer.
  Suddenly my head was swimming with questions: Why was it that he was only out and about every summer? Why hadn't Grace been turned into a werewolf after being bitten? These questions had me tearing my hair out at the sides! At certain points of the novel I will admit that I got bored, I would be reading and reading but for some reason I just couldn't get into it as much as I was hoping too (of course only at certain points). I did enjoy the fact that once I got into the novel it didn't take long for something to be tossed in the way of the story, jutting it out in a different direction.
  One minute I would be thinking that everything would be alright for Sam and Grace, that is except for the impending seperation of the winter, then suddenly Steifvater would throw something else at me. Then just when I would believe that my questions would never be answered... she would throw a shocking twist into the mix that would end up being the answers to all of my questions!
  I would reccommend this to anybody who wants to read a werewolf story with new changes on their usual folklore. Especially if they want a love story that I have to say was pretty freaking awesome! Now I'm going to use my bookworm magic and say that you are thinking that this sounds like something you want to read...!


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