Well, I just returned from my vacation, and, while I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked, I did finish a truly great book, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the sequel.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is awesome.  It’s an easy read, the writing is poetic at times, and I really got drawn into the relationship between Sam and Grace.  This was one of those books that you kind of want to put off finishing because you simply don’t want it to end.

When Grace was a child, she was attacked by wolves.  She was not afraid.  There was a sense of calm about her, and that calm spoke to one of the wolves.  This yellow-eyed wolf stopped the attack on young Grace and returned her to her home.  But this wolf and his pack were not your average, run-of-the-mill wolves.  They were werewolves.

As Grace grows into a shy, self-aware teenager, she develops an obsession with the wolves that inhabit the woods outside her house, especially the sad, yellow-eyed wolf that seems to have an odd connection to her.  She knows he is the one who saved her all those years ago, but she doesn’t really know why.  She knows he is special and that he feels as connected to her as she does to him.

After a young man in Grace’s community is attacked and seemingly killed by wolves, the men in the area go on a shooting spree.  Grace tries to stop the hunters from going after the wolves, but she may be too late.  When Grace returns home, she encounters a shivering, naked young man on her back porch.  He’s been shot.  When he opens his eyes, Grace is astonished to encounter the yellow-eyed gaze of her wolf.  His name is Sam, and the shot from one of the hunters has spurred his change back from wolf to human.

Sam is unsure why he’s been given this chance to be with Grace, but he plans to do everything he can to stay with her.  It seems he’s loved her forever, and he knows she feels the same.  Life, though, conspires to keep them apart.  As it gets colder and colder, Sam is finding it more difficult to remain in his human form.  He has little time left, but he doesn’t want to leave Grace.

Grace knows the end is coming, and she and Sam try to put off the inevitable as long as they can.  Is it even possible for them to be together?  As winter approaches, and Sam and Grace face conflict from wolves and humans alike, these two tormented souls become willing to do nearly anything to be together.  Can they do it?  Is their love strong enough to survive?  Read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater to find out.

This is yet another case where my post doesn’t even come close to doing justice to the book I’ve read.  Shiver is amazing, and I look forward to reading the second book in the series, Linger.  I hope you’ll check these books out and let me know what you think.  For more information on Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver, and other books, visit

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