Reviews by Amanda G.
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.
I have nearly finished the series so it's difficult for me to separate what you learn in this book alone. Garth Nix has a captivating way with world building and good, solid storytelling that will keep you reaching for the next book. Can a young, asthmatic boy beat demi-gods?
As a class we read this in fifth grade. Haunting, beautiful, with imagery that stays with you forever.