by Maggie Steifvater
Published by Scholastic Press
Copyright © 2009
There has been a trend lately toward the supernatural love story; with vampires, aliens, time travelers, and the like. If the truth be told supernatural and sci-fi love stories aren’t new as a genre, I just don’t remember them being as popular as they are now. I also don’t remember them being so well written. Of course just because I don’t remember it doesn’t mean it wasn’t so. Needless to say Shiver, by Maggie Steifvater, is a new addition to that genre, and I must say it is a very good one.
Grace and her family live in Northern Minnesota near the hauntingly beautiful Border Woods. When Grace was 11 years old a pack of wolves drug her from the swing in her backyard intent on killing her. For some reason she was not afraid, but she remembers looking into the eyes of one wolf for a long time. She also remembers being saved by that wolf, but she doesn’t remember much after that.
Still unafraid, she is fixated on the wolves in her woods; especially the yellow-eyed one, Sam, that saved her life. The wolf has been fixated too and has watched Grace for the last 6 years. A silent bond has built between them. Grace will soon find out the reason for this odd relationship. It is because her wolf is a Werewolf, part wolf – part boy, but not in the sense that we are used to. The full moon has little to do with his change.
Strangely it will be tragic events and mob mentality that will bring them together as humans. But will that relationship be able to survive the threat of the winter cold and a new unstable werewolf.
This is a great read for anyone 15 and up, I was totally enthralled with it. It reads a little slow in places, but it is totally worth working through. This is definitely a romance that girls will enjoy, but there is just enough supernatural action to keep boys interested as well.