Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Fall Series.  I was excited when I started reading this series because 1.) Maggie Stiefvater is a local author, I got to meet her, get her autograph and a picture with her and she is awesome2.) It is a novel about werewolves and fantasy novels are right up my alley; I love to get out of the realm of everyday life and read about something fantastical!

I liked this book because it gives a different take on werewolves:

These werewolves change based on the temperature.  When it gets cold, they change into wolves.  In the summer they remain human.   Unlike most modern werewolf stories, when these wolves change, they no longer have human thoughts and emotions, they are all animal.  Also, these wolves can only change for a limited time, eventually their time as a wolf will become longer and longer until they never change back into human form again….I found this all very intriguing.

The story centers around Sam and Grace.

When Grace was 11, she was attacked by a pack of wolves.  Sam, in wolf form, came to her rescue and saved her for some unknown reason.  Ever since that incident, she has been fascinated with the wolves, especially the yellow-eyed one that saved her.  She still sees him sometimes,  lurking in the woods at the edge of her backyard.  Most people who are bitten by a wolf either die or begin the change into a werewolf….but Grace has done neither as the book fast-forwards to when she is 17.

Grace and Sam meet again when she is 17 and him 18.  She finds him shot, bleeding and naked on her back deck.  She brings him inside to help him and quickly realizes that this is her wolf when she looks into his yellow eyes….

Pick up Shiver at your local library and see what happens next!  Share your thoughts in the comments and remember that there are 2 other books in this series for you to enjoy 🙂

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