Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve been seeing this one (and its sequels) all over bookstores, and, after enjoying Raised by Wolves so much, I thought I’d try it. (ok ok, also I was drawn in by the cover. it’s cool.)

Unfortunately, I kinda thought ‘meh’. I didn’t really buy into the love story (though to be fair, I’m sure I would have when I was 13). Shiver is about Grace, a girl who lives in a Minnesota town where a pack of wolves (werewolves, as it turns out) frequent the nearby forest. Not surprisingly, it turns out she’s in love with one of the werewolves. Some of the fantasy elements of this book were really well done (I liked that the werewolves just looked like regular wolves,  Stiefvater’s descriptions of how wolves communicate, and what makes them change from humans to wolves), but some of them were too far-fetched and I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief (if you’ve read it, you probably know what I’m talking about – meningitis? for real?).

I did, however, enjoy that it was a quick, engaging read (like many teen fantasy novels). I notice that Stiefvater has written a few books based on faeries rather than werewolves, so I may check those out rather than continue with her Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

I’m still making my way through Anansi Boys (Gaiman) but I confess my progress is slow – it’s such a clever book but I’m having trouble because I don’t trust that I’m going to get a happy ending… and you know that’s what I’m all about these days.

I’ve just started Pegasus by Robin McKinley, and I like it already. (It seems more likely to produce the desired happy ending.)

I’m also waiting patiently (ha), along with all the teenage girls I’m sure, for a book that is supposed to be released this month:  Trial By Fire, the sequel to Raised by Wolves (Jennifer Lynn Barnes) which is apparently going to be out June 14. I may have to actually purchase this, as I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for the library to get it.


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