“This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.”
Isn’t that such a poetic first line? Such is the magic of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. Today, we converse about the second book in the Shiver Trilogy. But can we just pause a moment to admire the minimalistic beauty of the cover? Plus the text inside is green to match! Something about that just makes me really happy.
*Possible spoilers for Shiver* Grace and Sam may have found each other, but it’s a fight to stay together. Sam must reckon with his wolf past. Meanwhile, Grace must face a more and more uncertain future. A new wolf named Cole comes into their world. His own past is full of pain, and he wrestles with his own demons. He embraces his inner wolf, but struggles with his ties to the human world. For the three of them, life is a constant struggle between the wolf and the human. Love too, shows its duality. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. Their world may be falling apart, but love lingers. But will it ever be enough?
This pains me, but have you ever come across a book where everything is perfect? The writing is beautiful, the characters are heart-warming, the romance is feels-inducing. But the story just fails to really entrance you? That was the problem for me with this book. I couldn’t really find anything wrong with it, but it just didn’t really grab me. My favorite part of the book really was the writing. Stievater’s writing is just a work of art. Everything is so carefully crafted, each word specially chosen. Sam and Grace were still as adorable as ever, so their romantic struggles were definitely one of the more heart-breaking parts of the book. Isabel was just as amazing as ever; I really just adore her so much. Cole is such an angsty teenager: he is your stereotypical young rock star with lots of problems, although he obviously has a lot more going on beyond that. He was probably the one character whose development I was looking forward to the most. In terms of the plot, I really enjoyed trying to figure out what truly caused the shifting of the wolves. However, aside from that, there were a few weak points, such as the fate of Grace’s best friend. It somehow just felt a bit too random.
All in all, I do recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre. It is a really well-written book. It’s just that for me, it failed to move me, which I think is really one of the most important jobs of literature. Maybe I just have a heart of stone?