40. Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater
Romance, man. Usually, I am not fond of romantic stories to a large extent. However, having now read the entirety of the Grace & Sam totally love each other trilogy I have to say there is more to these books than just the epic romance of the practical Grace and poet Sam. Shiver is mainly about them, but they’re not shells. I cannot project myself into Grace’s place, staring at the woods, doing her homework, and being neglected by her parents. Nor would I lust after Sam, who is super quiet, writes songs and poems, and turns into a werewolf when it gets too cold. I only sometimes wish to mauled by an imaginary creature. Mostly while at work. However, it is obvious that these two characters are good for each other. Their feelings, although slightly miraculous considering Grace basically falls in love with having a specific creepy stalker wolf, are earned.
The method of presentation for this trilogy is also excellent. In Shiver, the text and cut out silhouette style cover are blue and the shifting perspective is denoted by either the temperature or the name of the person whose head you’ll be entering. At first I was a little thrown by the consistent shift and Grace and Sam seemed samey (there are a couple of very short chapters) but the perspectives were much more grounded and separate after a while. I totally saw Maggie Stiefvater at ALA in New Orleans and she looks like she’s about twelve years old. Authors are super strange, aren’t they? Sometimes they look just like their characters and sometimes, like in her case, they look younger.