The day in which I Shiver
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.
You need to understand something before you read this review, my co-writer and I regard Maggie Stiefvater as the goddess of awesome writing. Her writing is beautiful and sad, and it rocks something deep inside you that doesn't happen very often. A lot of people call this "Twilight: werewolf version" but it's something more. It's the simplicity of love, the frailness of being together and knowing that the other cannot stay.
Grace and Sam's relationship is made of movements and longing. They never say "I love you", but it's the way they sneak glances at each other, the way their hands always find each other that shows you that they do.
It's also Maggie's amazing writing, GAH I just can't get over it. It just makes you wanna smile and cry and giggle. Especially the cry. And the giggle. And the smile. Like the whole egg fixation thing. That had me cracking up.
This opened a door for YA literature and also the way adults perceive teenagers in love. A lot of people think that teens cannot understand the complexity and strange simplicity of being in love, but some are wrong. Yes, a lot of teenage relationships are not love and just infatuation, but there are high-school sweethearts and love at first sight. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all. ;)
I can't even explain well the awesome of this book. That's why this is so short. Maggie Steifvater is an amazing person and an amazing writer. And Shiver is an absolutely brilliant read. Just buy it, read it. Cry, love, enjoy.
My rating: AWESOMESAUCE all the way.
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