For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods. Especially the yellow-eyed beast whose chilling presence she can't seem to live without. But this year, everything is shifting ... and in the dead of winter, love bites.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A brave girl risks everything for her supernatural protector in this stirring romance from acclaimed young-adult author Maggie Stiefvater (Lament). When hunters go after a pack of wolves they believe are responsible for a death in their Minnesota town, 17-year-old Grace tries to protect Sam: the werewolf who saved her life six years earlier. Told from the perspectives of its star-crossed protagonists, Shiver is a heart-wrenching twist on a classic legend and a rousing start to Stiefvater’s bestselling werewolf trilogy.
Stiefvater leaves the faeries of Lament and Ballad for a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love. For years, Grace has been fascinated by the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her from its pack when she was a child. Sam, bitten by a wolf as a boy, is that wolf. Long obsessed with each other at a distance, they finally meet after a wolf hunt (inspired by the apparent death of a local teen) sends a wounded and temporarily human Sam into Grace's arms. Their young love is facilitated by Grace's hands-off parents ("Once upon a time, I would've leaped at the rare opportunity of curling up with Mom on the couch. But now, it sort of felt like too little, too late," Grace muses), but threatened by two linked crises: the fact that Sam will soon lose the ability to become human and the instability of a new lycanthrope. Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face. Ages 13 up.