Tuesday, December 4, 2012

#97- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

#97- Shiver


I really enjoyed this book and the only reason that i'm marking it down a bit is because its tragically cliche idea of a girl falling in love with a supernatural creature. Sorry, no matter how great your writing is, its not good enough to get a 10/10 with a supernatural main character in my eyes.

Shiver is about a girl named Grace, and her romantic interest a wolf named Sam. Thinking to yourself that wolves don't typically have names or girlfriends? Well if he is a werewolf and written in a book for teens then he probably has both!

Grace has always had a fascination with the wolves since as a little girl she was almost killed by them. After a few wolves dragged her from her backyard and tried to kill her, she has always had a soft spot for the one wolf that protected her from her untimely death.

She watches this wolf from her tire swing every single day and longs for it to be winter so that he will come back again. The reason that he isnt around during summer is because... wait for it... during the summer he turns into a human! She isnt aware of this, that is until he shows up on her back porch one day after being shot, in human form, during the winter.

If this isnt dramatic enough for y'all she then has to take him to the hospital, look into his eyes, and realize that this boy is in fact her wolf. After admitting this to her and telling her the entire story they go into a whirlwind of romance all while avoiding the cold that will eventually turn him back into his furry form.

Can Sam live in his invincible summer girl world forever? Or will the icy winter pull these two apart? 

So I know that I did give this book grief for the cliche manner of girl falls for werewolf. But to its fairness I really did enjoy reading it. I like the characters, like the story line, and ultimately liked them together even though it was a bit bizarre. Plus there was enough drama to keep me continually reading the pages and wanting to finish the book. Not only that but I went and bought the second book immediately even though I had made a rule previously to only read the first book of every series, or fall into the everlasting pit of series books being read forever and ever and never finishing this project.

Anyhow, its worth the read and goes somewhere in the middle of all of the books that I've read so far throughout this.

“You're beautiful and sad," I said finally, not looking at him when I did. "Just like your eyes. You're like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again." For a long moment there was only the whirring sound of the tires on the road, and then Sam said softly, "Thank you.”