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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Pub. Scholastic New York 2009.

This is first and foremost a romance, a love story between Grace and Sam. It is also a story about werewolves but not in the horror movie sense. There is no blood and gore in this book.

At the age of 11, Grace was dragged off her swing by wolves while reading a book, and is saved from  death by a wolf with distinctive yellow eyes. She is bitten and mauled by the wolves and this normally means that she will change into a werewolf. She doesn’t, but will she change in the future?

Sam was bitten as a child of 7 and has made the transition from human to wolf every year till his current age of about 17. Sam was the wolf that saved Grace from the wolves who attacked her when she was 7 and he has watched her from the forest ever since.

Unknown to Sam, Grace has watched him and photographed him and one day he lets her touch him. You can feel the sparks fly.

When Sam is shot as a wolf after an attack on humans by other wolves, he changes into Sam the human and is found by Grace. What follows is the growing romance between them.
Maggie Stiefvater starts every chapter with the outside temperture in degrees Farenheit . There is a reason for this that the reader needs to solve.

It is a long novel and at times dwells on the romance without much action. But there is action and tension among the wolves and amongst the humans, that will keep the reader hanging out for the ending.

This novel is not quite Mills & Boon with wolves but it is close, and this is not a criticism. Will appeal to teenagers.

I enjoyed it and I’m a big burly lad.

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