Monday, October 18, 2010
Shiver - 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.
Book one of Theme Week Blue! is done!
This was an extremely unique take on werewolves. Especially in the midst of all the other YA paranormal fiction out right now, which is so dark. This was lovely. It was a bright winter's day as opposed to a dark and stormy night. I liked the relationship between Grace and Sam, and the connection the two of them shared throughout the years, before they even really met. They have such a sweet relationship. It's really cute.
At first, I wasn't sure what to make of this new take on werewolves, where it's not the moon that causes them to change, but the cold...but it grew on me.
However, there was one thing that really bothered me about this book. It wasn't the characters, and it wasn't the story. It was the fact that the print inside is blue. And yeah, that looks really neat at first sight to most people, but my eyes aren't the greatest. I can't read my computer screen at all without wearing my glasses, so when the print faded out every few pages to a pale blue on a white background, it was a real strain to read. I couldn't stand it. I was really hard on my eyes. I'm a little concerned that they'll do the same for the future books in the series.
That aside, this was a really nice read. If you're looking for paranormal with a little less darkness, this is the book for you. Just beware the blue print.
4 stars! (I was going to take half a star away, because I just can't stand the blue print, but I enjoyed the story, so I won't)
Tune in tomorrow for book two of Theme Week Blue!