Monday, December 21, 2009


Grace is a teenage girl who was once attacked by wolves in the woods behind her house during a particualry cold hard winter.

Sam is both the wolf who saved her life and the boy who loves her.

Maggie Stiefvater’s novel Shiver is an interesting twist on the wave of paranormal teen romance that has flooded the book market since the popularity of the Twilight series. Shiver is told through both Grace and Sam’s perspectives, with each chapter beginning with the narrator’s name and the current temperature.

As the temperature drops the suspense picks up. And, Shiver contains the type of suspense that (and many will cringe to read this) forced me to flip to the last page and make sure that everything ended okay before I could continue reading.

This is not your typical werewolf story. In Shiver being a werewolf is a disease. If you have been infected you shift forms when the temperature drops. Eventually it takes less and less of a temperature change to shift you, until the day you remain a wolf forever. And, when you are a wolf you are just that, a wolf. Many of your human perceptions and thought patterns disappear.

When Sam gets shot by hunters he is shocked back into his human form and is rescued by Grace. Sam and Grace have been watching each other for years (one as a human and one as a wolf) and there is definitely a magical bond formed between them. Now, to keep their love alive and save Grace’s friend the two must find a way to cure the “disease” before it is too late.

This book is the first in a while to keep me up reading long past my “bedtime”. Both main characters are highly likeable which helps suck you right into their drama and adds to the suspense. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good teen romance. I know I do!

Look for Shiver at VBPL today. And, if you enjoy paranormal teen romance you may also enjoy Evermore, Wake and A Certain Slant of Light. If you are looking for something in this genre with a lot more adult content I highly recommend the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris.

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