Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

The Mercy Fall wolves are not the typical wolves found in other books in the YA genre. In this series, after being bitten, you change based on the weather. In hot weather, you're human but once the temperature drops, you turn into a wolf. As the years go on, the number months in which you turn human and stay human become smaller and smaller until you're permanently a wolf. The series starts out with Grace, a human girl, and Sam, the wolf boy. The alluring part of this trilogy isn't just the love story between Grace and Sam, it's also about being comfortable and proud of who you are. A part of Grace has always wanted to join the wolves while Sam longs to stay human for more than a few months at a time. Any reader can find a way to connect with the characters and relate to their journey to acceptance and love. The writing is simple but elegant. Stiefvater's voice is wonderful for YA. Also, if you pick up a hard copy, the print is the color of the book!

Grace has always been fascinated with the wolves who live behind her house. She was even bit by one when she was little. In this book, she meets one of the wolves named Sam. They become desperate to keep Sam human just for a little while longer. But can there be a cure?

Highlights: The romance between Grace and Sam

Lowlights: How Grace and Sam are treated by their parents

Remember when Grace was bitten? That turns out to be very important in this book. The second book in the series focuses on what it means to be bitten. New characters are also introduced.

Highlights: The way Sam cares for Grace

Lowlights: Grace's parents' oblivion

In the concluding book, the wolves of Mercy Falls are being hunted. Sam has to face his battles alone and he must find a way to save the wolves. Who will survive? Who will fall?

Highlights: Grace and Sam's reunion

Lowlights: The trilogy comes to an end

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater- spin-off featuring Cole and Isabel
The Immortals by Alyson Noel- immortals, powerful love story
Divergent by Veronica Roth- love story AND strong female lead character

Book covers provided by The Shiver Trilogy site

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