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Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

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Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater: Author One-on-One Brenna Yovanoff is is the author of The Replacement and has published in various journals. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Recently she sat down with Maggie Stiefvater to discuss Stiefvater's … see full wiki

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Genre: 4-for-3 Books
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
1 review about Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

Haunting, lyrical and satisfying paranormal teen fiction

  • Mar 2, 2012

The cover’s cold. The red dot stares from its center. And the title, Shiver, feels hauntingly frozen. Even without knowing what this book was about I knew I wanted to read it.
Author Maggie Stiefvater's writing is haunting as well. Two voices tell the tale. One, a teen girl, fond of wolves, remembers how she was bitten as a child. Oddly, it didn’t make her scared and her not being scared rings perfectly true. She’s sensible, logical, warm and kind—summer's daughter as winter draws near.
The other voice is that of a slightly older boy. Honest, insecure, wary and true, Sam becomes a faithful but wounded friend to Grace. Devoted to poetry, listening with heightened senses, he knows things others may never understand. And winter calls.
When a boy at school is killed in a freak wolf attack, Grace’s beloved wolf-pack comes under threat. And when Sam meets Grace, that threat takes a personal turn.
These teens have plenty to be angst-ridden about, but the author makes them lively and real without the endless introspection of some other teen books. They stretch moral boundaries with their choices, but their motivations ring true. I want to hear Sam sing. I want to read more of his poems—another thing the author does really well, with Sam's lyrics as natural as his actions, never reading like an author’s intrusion.
I really enjoyed this book, admiring the author’s skill, delighting in complex characters,  and hoping against hope that the unlikely “cure” would succeed. I know there's a sequel and I'll read it sometime, but for now, the story feels pleasingly complete and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.
Disclosure: I got this book for my birthday and saved it for a reading treat.

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