Book reviews of YA lit and more

As a middle school librarian and hopeful reader of Missouri's high school award books (Gateway nominees), I am reading and reviewing as many young adult and middle grade novels as I can while working on my own writing for this age group.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shiver- Maggie Stiefvater

For as long as Grace can remember the wolves have been there.  Their presence can be counted on every winter in the woods that border her backyard.  Even after being attacked as a child, Grace is not afraid of the wolves, but rather draw to them unexplanably.  But it is the golden-eyed wolf that she is most obsessed with.
Sam, a werewolf from age 7, can't help but watch Grace from his wolf form every winter.  It seems safer than during the summer when he's human.  Grace is his forever summer girl he has never spoken to until the night he is shot and everything changes.
This book is a fresh take on werewolves and it is a wonderful romance.  The sexual overtones makes it high school appropriate (not middle school).  It is also the first book in a trilogy.  It leaves you wondering how Grace and Sam's love will survive.

P.S. There are an amazing book trailers on YouTube that Maggie Stiefvater did for this series.They are beautiful!  There are also playlists that go with every book.  I know it sounds like Twilight, but they are beautifully written!

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