Years ago, when Grace was attacked by wolves, Sam saved her. He has been a presence in Grace's life ever since always lurking on the periphery each winter in Mercy Falls, watching her, protecting her.
Even though they have never spoken.
Sam has been watching Grace for years, waiting for her, making sure she was safe. Even when he couldn't remember her name he knew she mattered. He knew he loved her even if it was impossible because of what he was.
No matter how Grace and Sam might feel about each other there is always one insurmountable truth separating them: Sam is a wolf.
A werewolf more specifically.
Every year when the temperature drops, Sam changes into a wolf--Grace's wolf, the one always watching her from a safe distance--trapped in his changed form until spring when the temperatures rise and he can become Sam again.
That was Sam's reality, his unavoidable truth, and the one thing Grace never really believed. At least, not until she met Sam, the real Sam.
Once Grace knows the truth, sees her wolf made human, losing him is unimaginable.
Being with Grace is all Sam has ever wanted; the one thing he always held onto as a wolf.
But the temperature is falling in Mercy Falls and with the looming threat of winter Grace and Sam are running out of time in Shiver (2009) by Maggie Stiefvater.
Shiver is superficially a paranormal/supernatural* romance with werewolves. But, really, it is so much more than that.
Poetic and urgent, Stiefvater's writing is poised to exceed expectations and stay with readers. Told in chapters alternating between Grace and Sam's voices the urgency of winter's approach and the strength of our heroes' love are both tangible. Grace and Sam are a charmingly authentic couple in a town filled with well-developed and unforgettable characters of both human and lupine persuasions.
Shiver is, really, just a beautiful book. The physical design from the cover (with art by Christopher Stengel) down to the text printed in blue ink is just as impressive as Stiefvater's original take on werewolves in this complex, charming and extremely satisfying start to a what promises to be a stunning trilogy.
Grace and Sam's story continues in Linger (which is printed in green ink).
Possible Pairings: Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, Sea Change by Aimee Friedman, Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneggerº, A Well-Timed Enchantment by Vivian Vande Velde
*Are paranormal and supernatural different things in the publishing world? I don't actually know if they have different definitions or not.
ºIt kills me a little bit to pair this book with Shiver because I truly think Shiver is so much better and does everything TTTW should have done, but in a more masterful way. BUT if you don't have my issues with TTTW these books do have the same sense of urgency and tone of sweeping romance. Draw your own conclusions.
Ahhh, young love in chilly hypnotic woods, what better premise for a girl and wolf to meet and become totally enchanted with one another. When Grace was a little girl she was pulled of her swing by a group of hungry wolves, one of them however was entranced by her warm sugar like scent and her sparkling green eyes and saved her. Years later she still feels the connection. An incident involving someone from her school getting hurt brings upon men with guns, one of them hits the grey … more
Quickie POV: Shiver is a beautifully written and touching tale that had me captivated from page one. The book is worthy of all the hype generated. Stiefvater is an artist, her words paint a picture that seep through my skin and touch my soul. Review: The wolves are a presence in the woods behind Grace's home. They have become an obsession of hers ever since her childhood, when as a young girl she was drug from her swing by the hungry animals and almost devoured. More so, the … more
Ahhh, young love in chilly hypnotic woods, what better premise for a girl and wolf to meet and become totally enchanted with one another. When Grace was a little girl she was pulled of her swing by a group of hungry wolves, one of them however was entranced by her warm sugar like scent and her sparkling green eyes and saved her. Years later she still feels the connection. An incident involving someone from her school getting hurt brings upon men with guns, one of them hits the grey wolf, her wolf, … more
[...] I can count on one hand the number of books that I have physically clasped to my chest upon finishing. As if by that action I could keep that feeling in my heart forever. Shiver is now one of those books. "I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves. They were licking me, biting me, worrying at my body, pressing in." -Shiver In a way, Shiver made me think of the movie Ladyhawk … more
This is the book that practically the blog-o-sphere erupted about (along with Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Fire by Kristin Cashore), or so it seemed to me. Almost every one of my blog friends either read this, wanted to read this or wanted to have its babies (well joking about that last one). And I admit when I first heard about it, I wasn't 'OMG NEED NOW' excited, interested, but it wasn't something that made me want to run around begging for a copy. I haven't read Stiefvater before (which … more
I knew after the first seven pages, I was hooked. I loved how Sam and Grace's relationship was something that grew through the years, so that once they met, it felt real. Sometimes I get annoyed, when all the books I read have the protagonist fall in love out of nowhere (not that it couldn't happen, but you'd think feeling that strongly about someone would take a little time). I really felt like they could have been so in love, just from watching one another from afar... Out … more
Grace remembers being attacked by wolves when she was eleven, but what she remembers most is the wolf who stopped the attack and saved her. For years his yellow eyes have haunted her, and she's watched fervently each winter for his return to the forest near her home. Somehow she knows he will always be there to watch over her. And then the unthinkable happens; a fellow classmate is not only attacked by wolves, he is killed by them. What will happen to Grace's wolf when the town is on the rampage, … more
Everyone seems to want to jump on the Twilight bandwagon....but this one missed the ride. A slow-moving tale of the love between teenagers Sam and Grace...with the former being a werewolf, the latter a human that he rescued from certain death as a child at the "paws" of some of his pack. Since that rescue, the two have loved each other from afar; with Grace feeling a certain kinship with the wolves overall...and "her" wolf in particular. When the two are finally able to meet when both are the same … more
Grace has been infatuated with the wolves that reside in the woods around her home for years. Even after a mauling it never deterred her feelings for them. On the other hand, she became even more intrigued by them... but especially "her wolf" - the one with the golden eyes. Sam leads a double life. In the winter he's all fur and lives amongst the members of his pack - but never once forgets the girl who silently watches him. When the weather warms up he gets a few months where … more
Shiver presents an interesting twist on a traditional love story. Go outside and get cold enough and poof you are a wolf! Not your typical romance... The best part of the story for me was the beginning of the book when Sam is a wolf and Grace is studying him from her window or her yard. I love the longing that they both feel but it cannot be, yet. There is also another great scene that I wish there had be more of, when Sam seems Grace when he is a human but never gets to say … more
Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Grace, 17, loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home. It is here during the cold winter months that she gets to see her wolf—the one with the yellow eyes. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the ensuing years he has returned each season, watching her with those haunting eyes as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party decides to retaliate. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows and intensifies, so does the reality of what awaits them. It is only a matter of time before the winter cold changes him back into a wolf, and this time he might stay that way forever. Told from alternating points of view, the narrative takes a classicRomeo & Julietplot and transforms it into a paranormal romance that is beautiful and moving. Readers will easily identify with the strong, dynamic characters. The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today's world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NYEND