A large amount of young adult fiction today is riding on a paranormal high, the popularity of certain books and series of that genre have made it the “new” thing to do. Whether it be vampires, fairies, werewolves or even the occasional angel….some of it lately has seemed to flow together in one never ending stream. I have actually begun to try and search out books without a paranormal theme….where are the normal teen angst filled tomes I ask? They seem harder to find than not. I have found a few good ones lately and they are in my TBR pile until then….this time we have werewolves in Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. However I have to say this is one of the most “it could happen” paranormal books I have read recently. It really is character based and well done in that respect, the characters are deeply developed and you fall into their story and plight. The plot is there but it is not the center stage like you would expect with werewolves roaming around. Shiver is about Sam and Grace. It’s about their story. It’s about love, sacrifice and characters with history and connection. I was really impressed with how Stiefvater was able to make this book so much more than another paranormal teen roll out. She created characters that stood out from the page whether human or otherwise. That is what makes a story, the werewolves just made it more fun. I recommend it for the paranormal lovers and the people who just enjoy a good read. Below is a description to see if Shiver might be for you:
“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.”
I am also excited for the sequel Linger which will be available on July 20, 2010.