By Maggie Stiefvater
Book Review By C. K. Bryant
(Teensy spoiler alert!)
About the book:
The book begins with Grace as a child when a pack of ravenous wolves have stolen her from the tire swing in her back yard, have bitten her and are getting ready to eat her. That is until the wolf with warm yellow eyes appears and saves her from the rest of the pack. From that moment, she has a certain connection with the wolf who visits her, always keeping his distance just at the edge of the forest near her home. What she doesn't realize is that the wolf, Sam, is also a human. When the temperatures drop down to freezing, he joins his pack, but in the summer, he is a man.
After a young boy is injured by the wolves, a hunting party is unleashed in the forest, sending a spray of wild bullets in the pack's direction. Sam is injured and ends up in human form on Grace's back step. One look into his yellow eyes and she recognizes him as her wolf. The connection they have for each other continues as they fall in love, struggle to understand the changes they are both going through and try to find a cure for the curse that will take him away forever on what will soon be his last warm day as a human.
When I first started this book, I thought the premise of a wolf and a teenage girl falling in love wouldn't be able to hold my interest long enough to finish the book, but because I'd heard so many rave reviews about SHIVER, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at how I was swept up in the story right from the first page.
I've given this book 5 stars for a reason. It's dang good. The feelings and emotions that drift across the page and into your heart will make you a fan as well. The ending is so gripping and well done that I cried real tears. It isn't often I read the ending of a book more than once, but I've gone back three times now just to experience it again and again.
I hope you run out and get your own copy. Click on the book cover and it will take you to Amazon.com where you can order it.
The sequel, Linger, is due out July 20th, 2010.