Monday, July 12, 2010

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - Shiver

Just finished Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. I really liked this one! It's told in alternating points of view - that of Grace, a young girl who had been attacked by wolves six years earlier, and Sam, who was a member of the wolf pack that attacked Grace. Sam and the other members of his pack are actually werewolves. They live relatively normally during the summer months, but the cold weather brings about their change into wolves. They change for a number of years, but eventually reach a point where they remain wolves for the remainder of their lives. Grace has been fascinated by the wolves since her attack. Actually her attention is focused on Sam, who called the other wolves off of her during the attack, before she could be seriously injured. Sam and Grace have been watching each other for 6 years, and finally meet while Sam is in human form. Their bond has already been developing, and quickly becomes stronger. As they fall in love and winter approaches, Sam tries to avoid telling Grace that this will be his last summer in human form. This one was very well written. You really get inside the heads of the 2 main characters and connect with them. There's plenty of back story fleshed out, and some side stories about members of the pack, attacks on additional kids, Grace's dysfunctional family, some horrific events in Sam's young life, etc. to keep interest up. Some mature content, but nothing graphic or explicit, even with the wolf attacks. Highly recommended! Look for the sequel, Linger, coming soon.


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