Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA paranormal fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: David LeDoux and Jenna Lamia
First line: I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.
Grace loves the wolves that live behind her house – especially her wolf. He watches her every winter, and she waits each year for his reappearance. When a local boy is killed – or is he? – by the wolves, the town is riled up. A hunting party is sent out, and when a boy with a bleeding gunshot wound shows up at Grace’s house, she knows that he is her wolf. As Grace begins to fall for Sam, she learns the truth about the Wolves of Mercy Falls – and learns that this is Sam’s last season as a human. As Grace and Sam try to savor their first – and last – days as a couple, the wolves’ latest newborn is risking exposure of the whole pack.
I wish I had trusted the rave reviews of Shiver that I’ve been reading in the book blogosphere. To be honest, I thought it was just another “smart girl falls for bad boy but knows there’s something weird going on” kind of story, but Shiver is so much more than that. First of all, it is beautifully written, full of melancholy, a bittersweet tragic romance. It is also dotted with bits of poetry and a love of art and literature.
After finishing Shiver, I immediately downloaded the audio of the sequel, Linger. I was so sad to say goodbye to Grace and Sam; I can’t wait to continue to hear the story of the Wolves of Mercy Falls.
Audio notes: Shiver is told in first person by the characters of Grace and Sam. Both characters were voiced by favorite narrators of mine: Jenna Lamia, who amazingly voiced Skeeter in The Help, voiced Grace. David LeDoux portrayed Sam; he is the same narrator who voiced the young Jacob in Water for Elephants. I was sad to see that his name is not on the list of narrators who worked on Linger – his voice will be missed.