Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Review by Kirthi
Summary from Goodreads
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.
Maggie Stiefvater creates her own style of writing, a mix of beautiful poetry and paranormal romance. She made a whole new way of describing 'love'. In Twilight, Bella had an obsession (with Edward). In Night World, they were just words. In Shiver, it felt real. No book (specifically paranormal romance) has ever moved me as much as Shiver. The descriptive detail, the unwritten words, just come out and the sorrow and sadness and understanding was clear.
"The best writer can make the reader feel what they feel"
-Unknown author and quote I heard somewhere
Maggie made me feel like something I don't even know. I know this sounds like ravings of a girl completly mind-blown from a book, but hopefully you get what I'm trying to say.
The whole "imprinting" idea brought up about werewolves from Stephanie Meyer is trash compared to what Stiefvater brings up (love for who your are). I mean, imprinting is like forcing someone to be with you without caring what they have to say about it. Forced love. That's what imprinting is.
I'm still flustered and blubbering after reading this! It's like...wow! Same and Grace are like ______! (Best couple ever?) They came to life, like real people.
The ending was both amazingly happy and horribly, devastatingly, beautifully sad (not giving away anything, haha!)
My repeating saying "dialouge makes a good book" is revealed in Shiver. The romantic lines are beautiful, and the frequent silences (in dialouge) splashed in speak much more than a thousand words! I think that Shiver is the best romance I've ever read, along with Lament and a few other books that I forgot...
Conclusion: Of course I rate this 5+++ (10 stars)! It's a must read for everyone!
P.S. I really hope they DON'T make a movie out of this. When you make a movie out of a really good book, and the movie turns out bad, then the book loses it's luster (Twilight). But then again, if you make a movie out of a really good book, then the movie will always be "bad"...