Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Summary: Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.
Review: A very sweet, romantic read with likable characters and an intriguing plot.
I was initially wary of this book due to the relationship between Grace and her wolf, which I can't really call a relationship at all. One of her friends says she is obsessed with the wolves and it is very close to the truth. Grace still has a life, but she is too into the wolves, especially her wolf. And there was Sam's deceleration that he should stay away, even though he didn't and didn't seem to have the self control to stay away. Why does no one seem to have self control? And early on in their relationship, they both declare their obsession for the other and talk about be unable to imagine life without each other. Despite this ill beginning, their relationship built at a logical pace and was a very sweet relationship.
I liked the werewolves in this book. They can't change at will and can only shift when it's warm. It's an interesting take on a very overdone subject, although not as much as werewolves. The heat plays a big role in the story. The chapters that switched between Grace's and Sam's view threw me off for a few seconds at times because I didn't always look at the chapter title, but that was a small complaint. I liked all the characters. They were well characterized. The ending of the book is very bittersweet and I am looking forward to reading the second book to find out what happens next.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to fans of werewolves, supernatural/paranormal fiction, young adult fiction, and fans of sweet romance with or without a supernatural twist.