Wednesday, April 14, 2010
When It Happens and Shiver
I decided to couple the review of these two books together. They do have similarities. They have distinct differences as well. I’ll cover both in my review. Let’s delve right in.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is also a story of first loves. Grace has watched the wolves in the woods surrounding her house for many years now. When she was younger she was attacked by a pack of wolves and remembers a yellow-eyed wolf who goes against the pack and saves her. Ever since, she feels connected to this particular wolf and he becomes ‘her wolf’. The wolves are there in the winter but mysteriously gone through summers. Grace longs for her wolf through summers.
She meets a boy, Sam Roth with the same familiar yellow eyes. Her wolf is Sam, who takes human form in the summer and is a wolf in the winter months. Will it be possible to actually have any kind of life with Sam? Sam has loved Grace from afar so long now and he’s determined to share his last weeks of being human with Grace in as normal a fashion as possible. Will he shun the pack in favor of his love for Grace? Will they have more than a handful of weeks to spend together? This is an enthralling story of love and its restorative power on the human spirit.
I wasn’t so sure that I was going to be into this book. I’m glad I gave it an opportunity. I loved the fact that it delved into Sam’s past dealings with abuse, his feelings about being human and being a wolf. It wasn’t just a love story that remained on the surface, it plunged deeper than that and held my interest right up to the end. I can’t wait for Linger now.
This book was also told in alternating points of view between Sam and Grace. Each chapter was labeled with whose point of view that chapter was told in. I loved that because it let me know what frame of mind to be in as I started reading. I felt the different characters were believable and likable enough. I also found myself quite worried about the temperature. ;) Highly recommended read.