Sunday, April 18

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Gist (thanks to Maggie):
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:
Wow. Wow. Wow. 
I just want to say right now: no, I wasn't living under a rock all last summer. Yes, I read all the hype for Shiver. Yes, I heard it was amazing. But, alas, I did not read it last August. Yes, I am crazy. 
Well, better late than never, right?
This novel was incredible. I know there are some that worry that this is just another Twilight follower, but if you're thinking that- stop and go get this book right now. Honestly, I did not think of Twilight once when I was reading this book- Shiver is in a league of its own. It is beautifully written and tells a truly unique and well plotted story. Grace is such a strong character, which I loved. However, unlike a lot of novels that feature a strong protagonist,  Stiefvater highlighted some of consequences of being so tough, such as Grace sometimes having to play the adult in her life. 
The novel is told from both Sam and Grace's point of view, which I loved. I'm always a fan of novels told through multiple characters, especially if the characters are from two different worlds, which is definitely the case for Sam and Grace.
 I feel like I can't go too much further without saying too much, so I have to stop here. Honestly, I couldn't recomend this novel any more.
I , without any reservation, give this novel  I give this book:

Five Stars!

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Shiver is out now!  Read it before Linger comes out in July!

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