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.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I loved the way this story was written. From a technical perspective, Stiefvater told the story beautifully. The way she delivers information is gorgeous and I love how she tackled a teen-sex scene. It's how all sex scenes should be told (leave it to my imagination).
The problem with this book is that there's very little story here. It's just a love story and it's one that doesn't feel realistic because it's love-at-first-bite and I don't believe in love-at-first-sight which leads me back to the sex scene because Grace basically hops in bed with a boy she knows intuitively. Real love is based on actually knowing someone, not staring into their eyes (if you're staring into the other person's eyes more than you talk with the other person, you're not doing the couple-thing right).
I'm going to read the second book because Stiefvater is a series-writer and I'm hoping there's a plot here that I didn't catch because I was in awe of the story-telling. Stiefvater can write but I wish she'd give me something with more substance, something with meat clinging to the bones.
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