Friday, July 11, 2014

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

6068551Genre: Werewolves
Hardcover: 390 Pages
Published: August 1, 2009
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
            1. Shiver
            2. Linger
            3. Forever

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

            So I read this book right after Twilight came out and I was in love with the idea of wolves turning into humans. I mean it was a pretty popular topic a few years ago. So when I read Shiver I was interested in the book and I liked the story line. However, as I kept reading I realized it was very similar to Twilight.

            Grace is basically a boring girl who loves to watch the wolves in her back yard. Her favorite one in particular is a yellow eyed wolf who she can't help but be drawn too. So when summer comes around and she meets a yellow eyed boy, she immediately thinks of the wolf. Turns out Sam (the wolf) lives two lives. During the winter he is forced to turn into a wolf and during the few months of summer he is human. Grace and Sam start to get to know each other and eventually they start to have feelings. But things start getting interesting when its winter again and Sam is struggling to turn into a wolf. He wants to stay human, but if he can't resist the change he won't turn human again. Will Grace and Sam be able to fight for their relationship or will life get in their way?

      Overall, this book could have been a good one, but the fact that it is so similar to Twilight turns me off. I think Maggie could have used a little more originality and spruced things up. But after reading Twilight, Shiver just wasn't good in comparison.

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