I finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater five minutes ago. Yes, five minutes ago! There is a reason that I jumped right on here to tell everyone about it, and that is because it is SO AMAZING! I have to tell the world! I loved this so much that I wanted to get the next one right away and start reading- but I figured I should take a break, seeing as I had been stationary, reading for the past 3 1/2 hours. 😉 Have you ever done that?
Anyway, I should probably give you a brief summary before I continue glowing about this book! This isn’t, as I previously thought, a book for young kids, it is a teen book, but I can never compare it to Twilight again. I kind of liked Twilight (and please don’t get mad at me, you Twi- haters!), and this changed how I thought about werewolf- fiction forever, I don’t even think I’ll read Twilight again after this. So, this book is about a girl named Grace. When she was young, she was attacked by wolves but survived. She lived thanks to a particular wolf with yellow eyes. Years later, as a junior in high school, she is very attached to seeing him and the other wolves in the woods behind her house. Their disappearance in the spring and summer has always puzzled her, and when something happens one day, she finds out what she has suspected all along. The wolves are actually werewolves- and for a while she gets to be with the one she loves- the yellow eyed wolf- as a human. But this isn’t an easy life….
Oh man, is this a good book. Most teen fiction nowadays(excepting The Hunger Games and a few special others) is frivolous, superficial trash. Just take a walk through the Teen Fiction section of any Barnes and Noble and you’ll see- vampires, werewolves, and all forms of undead. This book totally exceeded my expectations, I wouldn’t even count it as a werewolf-type book anymore. The romance between Grace and Sam (the yellow-eyed wolf) is very sweet and heart-warming.
I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! Even though it seems to be written by teens, I believe an adult would enjoy this as much as a teen would!
Have you read this? Tell me what you think! And feel free to recommend to me any book you think I would like!
P.S.- Please don’t read this book unless you have the sequel available. Trust me. After reading this, you will want more!