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Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

There are things that happen in our life that change who we are for the rest of our lives. They may be for the better, or they may be for the worse. Either way, that impact changes how you see things and even think about the world around you. That definitely seems to be the case for Grace when she was a child and her wolf attack changes how she sees them when they visit her house, but one wolf just seems to stand out.

It is the wolf that saved her, with the big yellow eyes, that just seems to display sadness to her every time she sees it in her backyard, next to the trees that holds the entrance to the woods where they live. She gladly sits in the cold with a blanket or through her window to catch a glimpse of him. It seems that he is all she thinks about all day, and no one but her friends understand, not even her parents who seem to not even know she exists sometimes.

However, that all changes when another local attack prompts the men to go into the woods, and her precious gets injured, and changes into Sam right in front of her. For the first time, he is human when it is still cold, and the constant battle to change back and do the right thing for Grace begins.

This novel was very thorough with the changing points of view between Sam and Grace, which helps to understand how they really feel about the situation and each other. Their love and care for one another is very strong, and you can’t help but hope that they find a way to be together forever.

I would highly recommend this novel to readers of my own age, possibly even a little younger, especially those who like fantasy and romance novels. It is a fresh intake on the myth of werewolves and whether or not they really exist.

Reviewed by Mercedes Olivas

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