Reviews by Amanda G.
In the last book we met Grace and Sam who share a love that makes everything around them appear in dim in comparison. While young love is inspiring, we need something with a little more bite to it. Enter Cole and Isabelle. He’s a jaded former rockstar who chose the wolf life and Isabelle is the hard edge and broken sister of a wolf from the last book. They add life, dimension, and drama to what could have been a flat love story.
Cole and Isabel's voices are a welcome addition to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Grace and Sam can be overwhelming in their single-mindedness of each other, so it's refreshing to hear other perspectives. The ride through Mercy Falls gets more desperate as Grace slowly collapses towards a sudden death.
The book starts by telling the story of a girl being mauled by starving wolves. Grace lies there on the ground, unmoving and helpless. Then she makes eye contact with a yellow eyed wolf. Years later, Grace does not remember how she survived the attack or how she arrived home. What she does have is an obsession with the yellow eyed wolf that stands behind her house every winter. Strangely though, the wolf disappears every summer. Enter Sam, a yellow eyed boy that Grace finds wounded and naked on her front porch. In the woods a wolf hunt is going on…Shiver is the epitome of adolescent romance and longing. I have not read many werewolf novels, so I have no idea what is standard for the genre, but Stiefvater’s world is almost tangible as you buy into her explanations. The intensity of Grace and Sam’s relationship is only heightened by the fact that soon Sam will be a wolf forever.
If I said that this book alone taught me how to cook, I'd be lying. However, the first wholesome recipe I ever fell in love with came from within these pages. I watched my friend refer to her copy as she made lasagnas, pies, and the steak she made when I graduated college. Since then I've bought my own copy and whenever I need some inspiration or just feel like learning about cooking, I take my copy off the shelf and indulge.
Dr. Schmidt gives you a through overview of the mindset to get ready to produce a novel and then gives you extremely detailed worksheets to help you get through the month.
I'm more of a fan of the Plot, What Plot? drive of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) where the idea is to leave behind all of your insecurities and just write!, but I believe this book has a place for someone who is ready to get beyond NaNo.