Plot Discussion: Supernatural romances have been done and done again, and I am not ashamed to say that I have read and enjoyed a few of them but Maggie Stiefvater brings something extra to hers. Shiver is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and it contains within its pages the young, strange, and tender relationship of Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth.
Grace, whose backyard opens into the woods, has a special secret, ‘her wolf’. The wolf with yellow eyes that saved her from all the other wolves years ago when she was attacked and almost killed by the pack. Every winter he came to the woods and they looked at each other. This wolf is none other than Sam, who in the summers turns back to his human form and works in a quaint bookstore, where Grace sees him and (no surprises there) there is an immediate attraction between the two.
The best thing about this book according to me was the individual personalities of these two characters. Grace is strong willed and more in control than Sam, who even though is the wolf, is more gentle and soft. The words by Stiefvater are almost poetic sometimes and are very calm like the flow of a brook. The story grips the reader from the first page that is describing the attack on Grace through her eyes. Both Grace and Sam narrate the story in chapters.
Sam’s narrations are the best when he is telling the mythology behind the wolves and his relationship with the others in the pack. All the other wolves react to their transformation and to each other differently.
Through a series of events, Sam and Grace finally come together and try to keep him from changing. Shiver is a definite page-turner and leaves the reader begging for more. When I first picked it up I thought it would be another teen book but below the romance and the supernatural there are solid issues that are being spoken about like abandonment, the importance of parents as well as animal rights. Definitely worth a read especially if you prefer books with a good back story and mythology involved.
This review has been contributed by Ridhu Bhatia. Ridhu is a writer, karaoke singer and Potterhead. A punk in the garb of a nerd, Ridhu loves tattoos and technology alike and definitely looks at the world through pink tinted glasses.
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