Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

ShiverScholastic, 2009

Wolves dragged Grace off the tire swing, biting and worrying her skin, but she did nothing to stop it. She just lay there. It was the light wolf with the yellow eyes that stopped them. In the six years since the attack Grace has listened and watched for the wolves –especially “her” wolf, the one with the yellow eyes. The town has mostly forgotten the attack on Grace, but when the wolves attack and kill a high school student, Grace hurries to protect them from an angry mob. That’s when she learns a secret she only dared dream before.

Told in alternating points of view, Shiver is a love story between Grace and her savior, a werewolf named Sam. But now that they’re finally revealed to one another they’re in a race against time. The cold makes werewolves change and winter’s coming on. Grace doesn’t want to live without Sam — and this time he might never change back.

This is an interesting twist on the traditional werewolf idea. I enjoyed Stiefvater’s take on the change and on the challenges faced by the werewolves. I loved the sweet romance between two people who had been betrayed by those who should love them the most but who, despite everything, stood fast for each other.

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