the cold.Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
the heat.Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
the shiver.For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human--and Grace must fight to keep him--even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls
My Rating:Devoured this in two days. I wish I could have skipped class today to sit and read/finish this. Holy jeebus, all of you who told me to read this ASAP? I love you all. Seriously. It was such a breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the other books I've read recently.
Grace is a seventeen year old girl fascinated with the wolves residing in the forest behind her house. When she was younger, she was brutally attacked by said wolves, only to be saved by one particular golden eyed pack member. This wolf has been her obsession for the past six years.
Lucky her when, after a "brutal murder", this golden-eyed creature shows up on her doorstep. As a human. With a gunshot wound to the neck.
After rushing Sam to the hospital, only to discover his super human healing abilities, the duo are plagued by one particular problem: the closer it gets to winter, the more susceptible Sam is to the change back to wolf. Will they figure out a way to save the young boy before it's too late?
Any book that can get me invested enough that angst-y scenes make me cry or almost cry has claimed a special place in my heart. Shiver is a new addition to this select list. It is so beautifully written that I'm actually sad that I finished it today, even though I was dying to see what would happen with Sam and Grace.
My favorite character is Isabel. She seemed like some prissy little snob, but once she was integrated into the group, she was hilarious. I had to slap a hand over my mouth quite a few times today in order to keep my squeals of laughter quiet because of some of the things she said.
Grace and Sam compliment each other perfectly. Grace is confident and sexy, while Sam's the little insecure emo kid. His flip flopping between being shy/insecure and wanting to kiss Grace senseless got me frustrated at one point, only because it felt like they were so far in their relationship already for him to act like that with her.
The one thing I have to complain about? THE ENDING! I wanted to squeal in frustration just because of it. It was so abrupt and left me needing more. Stiefvater, you're so cruel! And the wait is so long for Linger.... =(
But in all seriousness. This book was perfect. I loved it. If it's in your TBR pile, I highly suggest you read it next. You won't regret it.