SHIVER alternates between Sam's POV and Grace's POV. At first, it took me a bit to get into each character for the chapters are on average pretty short but them it became so addictive I couldn't put it down.
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.
The images described in this book are beautiful and detailed without them being overly so. The book is almost lyrical in the sense of the word flow and how it all seems so carefully thought out. Sam and Grace are completely well rounded characters and not flat at all.
One of the best aspects of this book - and one I seem to mention a lot - is that it's very honest. There's an equal amount of lust and love between Grace and Sam that is very honest and believable. No, "Omigod you're so beautiful...I'm so ugly," or anything like that. Sam, although a bit more reserved, is electrifying and I'm definitely adding him to my list of literary boyfriends.
Grace is a wonderful character. Her feelings are real and it translates perfectly throughout the book. Even if the rest of the wolf pack wasn't necessarily completely described, they all seemed rounded and well developed.
This book is simply fantastic. I cried and laugh and the ending is breath taking. I can't wait to read Linger. I have been definitely impressed and recommend it to everyone. The plot is engaging and the story is so creative and amazing. I loved it! I feel like I should say more but I always find it harder to pin point what I liked and what I didn't like.
In one sentence:
A fantastic race against time that will keep you at the edge of your seat!
Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
Cover: 5 stars
Overall Feeling: 5 stars
Average: 5 stars