When she was eleven years old, Grace was dragged off her swing by wolves into the woods nearby, but a wolf with yellow eyes saved her life. Since then, she thinks of him as “her wolf,” visiting her often in the winter months and keeping watch over her. Although she thinks of the wolves as harmless, not many in Mercy Falls do, especially after a boy is attacked. When the men from the town decide to get rid of the wolf problem, Grace finally meets her wolf in person, and repay him for saving her life. But although the two are finally together, not everything is easy for Sam, who has to struggle to stay in human form, and fight against the dangers of both humans and other wolves.
Shiver is a paranormal romance that resembles Twilight in its simplicity of plot and romance elements. Its readership also seems to be as divided in its opinions as that of Twilight. Many are enchanted by the lyrical storytelling and strong romance element, while others are disappointed by the simplicity of the book and its lack of originality. The writing is indeed lyrical and draws the reader in, making for a quick read, especially for reluctant readers. However, the story definitely lacks in any originality and substance. It is very different from The Raven Boys, which was dark, moody, and very complex. It is in fact difficult to believe that both books were written by the same author. However, it is easy to see why many readers gravitate to one series or the other. Shiver will appeal to readers who enjoy simple plots and lots romance.
Rating: 3 stars
Interest Level: Grade 9+