Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Source: Library
Rating: 2.5 out of 5

About the book: 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.

My thoughts:
Isn’t that a great Synopsis? I had wanted to read this book for a long time and I snapped it when I saw it in the library. But I was really disappointed.

Firstly, I was kind of surprised that Grace fell in love with a wolf before even knowing that he could shift back to human. There is of course a reason for that but it was weird that she doesn’t once question her obsession with the wolf. When she finally comes to know that the wolf is a human, Sam, she falls in love with him too and then she doesn’t want him to go back to being a wolf. Kind of makes sense but still a little weird.

Sam turns into a wolf in winters and he afraid that after some time he is going to remain a wolf forever. He has to find a way to stay with Grace forever.

While I liked the concept I didn’t like the execution so much. It was very long winded with the same things repeating over and over again. It was Sam trying not to turn and Grace wondering why she cannot change. The atmosphere the author created in Mercy Falls was great, I could imagine myself being there and starring at the wolf’s roaming through the woods. But other than that there was nothing much. The writing at times felt a little juvenile. So I guess teenagers would really like this book because it also has that pining for first love feeling.

If you love YA, go for it, else skip it.