Grace loves the winter. It is during winter that her wolf lives, barely hidden, in the forest just outside her house. Most people would be wary of a wolf so close to home but Grace finds his golden eyes, watching her, reassuring.
When Sam and his golden eyes turn up on her doorstep, hurt, Grace is not as surprised as she should be that he is a werewolf.
Shiver (PB $20) is a haunting love story about the love between Sam, a werewolf, and Grace, a human. Written alternately from both characters point of view, the story follows their struggle to win against the winter and keep Sam in his human form.
Just out is the sequel, Linger (HB $30), and with Shiver one of our top ten teen picks, we expected big things. Thankfully, Linger does not disappoint.
Sam is finally getting everything he ever wanted. He has Grace, and though he finds it hard to get his head around it, it might even be forever. But then their story changes, again – Linger is the story of a boy trying not to be a wolf and a girl who needs to be one.
Maggie Stiefvater’s fantastic The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy is recommended for 13+. The final installment, Forever, is forthcoming.