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.
“You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid
but forgot I knew until I heard it again.”
Shiver is a beautiful, melancholy love story, filled with lots of tension and emotion. Grace and Sam’s love is true and beautiful, but their life is surrounded by danger and uncertainty.
The rhythm and the style of the writing is fascinating. The story flows inevitably, making me desperately worried about Grace and Sam.
“I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.”
I love Grace, she is a very strong character, self-confident, honest, open, mature. She saves Sam several times, her behavior and love for Sam is without pretense.
“His body was warm and he smelled so good—like wolf, and trees, and home—that I buried my face in his shoulder and closed my eyes again. He made a soft noise and rolled his shoulders back against me, pressing closer.
Right before I drifted back to sleep again, my breathing slowing to match his, I had a brief, burning thought: I can’t live without this.”
Sam is a sweet boy with a tragic past and hopeless future. Sam’s entity as a wolf is actually like a disease. He can’t control his changes; his physical form depends on temperature: in cold weather he alters to a wolf, and stays like that till spring. He suffers in his wolf form, because he loses himself. He loses his humanity, words, and memories. As a wolf, he doesn’t even remember Grace’s name. He is able to recognize her only by her scent. It is so sad.
“I didn’t think I belonged here in her world, a boy stuck between two lives, dragging the dangers of the wolves with me, but when she said my name, waiting for me to follow, I knew I’d do anything to stay with her.”
This disease is incurable: every year he stays in his human form less and less, and finally will be stuck in the form of a wolf forever, and the man he once was fades away. Sam knows his time is over. He lives his last days as a human.
A chilly gust of wind lifted his hair and sent a shower of golden leaves glimmering down around him. He spread out his arms, letting them fall into his hands. He looked like a dark angel in an eternal autumn wood. “Did you know you get one happy day for every one you catch?”
I didn’t know what he meant, even after he opened his fist to show me the quivering leaves crumpled in his palm.
“One happy day for every falling leaf you catch.” Sam’s voice was low.
The secondary characters are well-drawn as well: Rachel and Olivia, Grace’s parents, Isabel and Jack, Beck and Shelby.
Although the remedy is very, very risky, I am relieved and happy with the ending. This story is perfect and complete like this. Now I’m worried in advance, because after reading the blurb of Linger I have a bad feeling that in the next book this beautiful love will be exposed to more suffering and pain.
Shiver is a wonderful read for the young adult audience. Recommended!
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