Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (35)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

This week I'm waiting on Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz.

Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.

FROZEN is the first in a trilogy and is set to release in Spring of 2013.
Frozen will be released on March 12, 2013 by Putnam.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Recommendations: Sequels

This week I decided that I just had to recommend some sequels. Whether you've started this series and didn't enjoy the first book or you haven't even started the series, you must check these out. All of these sequels didn't disappoint and I was surprised to find myself liking them even more than the first book.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Delirium was really amazing, though it almost read like a contemporary even if it was set in the future. Not much adventure happened. It's the complete opposite in Pandemonium. Lena goes on a lot of adventures and she's really learned how to survive. She definitely developed greatly as a character. Plus, Pandemonium is written in both then and now, so you can see what happened in the past as well as what's currently happening with Lena.


The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was a bit crazy, though The Evolution of Mara Dyer was even crazier. So much happens and Noah and Mara get messed with and Mara learns even more about herself... it's just outstanding. I don't want to give away anything, so I say just read it!





A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Across the Universe had quite a mystery. I thought there wasn't going to be anymore. I was wrong. A Million Suns brings a completely new story to the table. We even learn a lot more about Orion, which was really cool. I really hated him until I read this book.





The Prey by Andrew Fukuda
I thought The Hunt was super amazing, but The Prey is something really different. The gang travels to another place where things are even crazier than they seem. Plus, some new love interests arise while others bloom. I'm definitely excited to see what happens because The Prey left me wanting more!




What sequels did you like even better than the first book?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Note: This book is a sequel. Book 1 is titled Delirium.

Title: Pandemonium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Release Date: February 28, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (375 pages)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Cover Review: I really like how each cover in this series has it's own color scheme. I love the orange and the yellow!
Tag Line: N/A
Series: Delirium #2
Main Character: Lena


I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
push,
push,
push,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

In Pandemonium, we follow Lena in both then and now. After deciding that she doesn't want to get the cure, she has to go undercover during now. She has to pretend to be a student at school and she goes to a huge meeting against the uncureds. She ends up getting caught with the very person that she has been told to keep a close eye on-Julien. Julien is the son of the mastermind behind the no uncureds campaign. He has a sickness, and he was told that he could possibly die if he gets the procedure. Because of who his father is, he decides that it's the right thing to do anyway. After getting caught, Julien and Lena grow pretty close together, though they both have their secrets.

During then, we follow Lena as she tries to find a camp after escaping the city. She ends up in a village where a girl named Raven is in charge. Raven is really strong and she decides to take Lena in as long as she works for it. After something happens in the village, the story goes on as Raven, Lena, and the others escape and try to survive.

Lena really grew on me with this book. In the first book, she revolved as a character a lot. It's even more true with Pandemonium. Lena has changed from the goody-two-shoes who follows the rules into a girl who is willing to do what she needs in order to survive and get by. She is much stronger as well. She no longer relies on Alex, as we have no clue where in the world he is. We can definitely see the change in attitude that Lena has between then and now.

Julien was a great side character. He had quite a background and we found that we definitely shouldn't judge a book by its cover. He was really sweet though he had his reservations. I felt really bad for him because of who his father was. I mean, he got in trouble for reading books! That just shouldn't happen.

Pandemonium was even better than Delirium. It was much more action-packed and it wasn't as sweet and bubbly as the first book was. It was more of an adventurous novel, like most dystopians are. I highly suggest picking it up if you have or haven't read the first one. I also loved how Lauren wrote with both Then and Now. We got to see her a few months later (now) and how she came to find Raven and the crew (then). Plus, the ending was just crazy! I can't wait for Requiem.

Rating:
Recommended for fans of:
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Love Triangles

Notable Quotes:
"Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you-sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever."

Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

New Releases for the Week of February 23-March 2, 2013

Here are some of the new releases for the upcoming week!
2/26: What We Become by Jesse Karp

2/26: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Shades of London Book 2

2/26: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen in Paperback

3/01: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

3/01: The Look by Sophia Bennett

3/01: Entice by Jessica Shirvington in Paperback

3/01: Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (16)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

This week I got the chance to go to the library! There were some new selections this time when I went.

Library:
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and her teenage daughter present their first-ever novel for teens, filled with romance, adventure, and humor.What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?

     Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

     And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

     Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

 
When Ellie and six of her friends return home from a camping trip deep in the bush, they find things hideously wrong -- their families gone, houses empty and abandoned, pets and stock dead. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in the town has been taken prisoner. As the horrible reality of the situation becomes evident they have to make a life-and-death decision: to run back into the bush and hide, to give themselves up to be with their families, or to stay and try to fight. This reveting, tautly-drawn novel seems at times to be only a step away from today's headlines.

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.


Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

 
To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

 

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

What books did you get this week? I'm super excited to finally catch up on Cassandra Clare's books! One of my goals this year is to read all of her released books.

Interview with Shelby at Lost In A Book!

This week, I was able to get an interview with Shelby from Lost in a Book! Shelby's blog has been up since June 2011.

1. Hardcover or paperback?Hardcover.  Whenever I read paperback books to many times they start getting those lines in them and then I feel like I've personally hurt them.

2. Book or e-copy?I have an e-reader that I love, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, book.

3. Library or book store?Library, because I don't have to pay to read amazing literature.

4. New books or used books?New books.  I have nothing against used, I just like new better.

5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)I'd love to say the hero, but I;m much more suited for side-kick, as I'm not adventurous anywhere but in my brain.  Hopefully I'd be a cool sidekick.

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?It would depend on how good the movie was.  And I have no knowledge of actresses so...

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?Fantasy, especially historical fantasy, is my favorite, but I think if I had to live in a genre I would just go for regular fantasy - less scary.

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?Jessica Day George.  She's my favorite author.

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called?"Bibliophile".  Or "The Life and Times of a Girl Who Does Nothing But Read".

10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?Hermione Granger.  She's got big, curly brown hair, at one point had big front teeth, likes to read, etc.
 
11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?Hmm, how many times have I read the Harry Potter Series?  I'd say an average of seven times each book?

Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Shelby!
You can find Shelby at:
Lost in a Book

Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: October 28, 2010
Source: Purchased
Edition: Paperback (241 pages)
Genre: Dystopian/Zombies
Cover Review: I think this cover is kind of funny. I don't know why, but I'm a big fan of movie covers.
Tagline: N/A
Series: N/A
Main Character: R
Now a major motion picture from Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the blockbuster Twilight series and the upcoming movie Insurgent, starring Academy Award Nominee John Malkovich, Nicholas Hoult, and Teresa Palmer and directed by Jonathan Levine. R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion takes place in a future where a disease has caused zombies to form. Our main character, R, happens to be one of these zombies, though he kind of feels bad when he eats people. He calls himself R because he can't remember the rest of his name. One day, while on a hunting trip, he sees a girl. After eating the girl's boyfriend, he falls in love with her. He kept some of his brain because when zombies eat brains they get to relive all of the person's memories, wihch is really interesting and unique.

Through eating the brain, he learns much more about the girl, Julie. He also learns a lot more about Perry, the boy whose brain he ate. Perry really played a big part in the story, as he and R kind of helped each other throughout different memories. After the hunting trip, R decides to try and save Julie. He brings her to his little airplane home. Julie really feels uncomfortable and she just wants to know what is up with R. Zombies don't usually take in a human as one of their own.

R was extremely interesting. He had so much more feelings than a zombie should have. R was extremely funny and I loved his narration. He also always had the right thing to say at the right time. I absolutely loved his crush that he had on Julie. It was really cute!

Julie was an amazing character. She's probably one of my new favorites. Julie is really strong and brave. If I was put in her position, I probably wouldn't have lived through it. She was at a zombie madhouse and yet she trusted R after a while. Props to her!
Warm Bodies was action-packed and it was really funny. You may think that this book is just a gory zombie book, though it's so much more than that. It is kind of like a futuristic love story with funniness. The characters are really lovable. I also really loved the movie cover, so I just had to buy it! If you haven't read this book, I definitely suggest it. I also suggest reading the book before you see the movie. The movie was just as good as the book! Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was some of the quotes. There were some really great quotes about life.

Rating:

Recommended for fans of:
Romantic Comedy
Zombies
Humour

Notable Quotes:

"You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident."
"We are where we are, however we got here. What matters is where we go next."
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Great Expectations (8)

If you'd like to join in on this meme, just please link back to me and leave a link to your post in the comments! I'd love to see what you have to say about it.

The Hype
I recently re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth. I had read it last March and I didn't remember much of what I had read. For some reason, I had rated it 4 stars on Goodreads. 4 stars!! I re-read it and I was completely blown away. The characters and the world and just everything was outstanding! It was just so fantastic! I'm hoping to finally read Insurgent soon so that I can find out what happens next. It is just such a monster!

Recent Read
I recently read Boarded Window by Isaac Marion. I know that it's only a really short story on the internet, but it was really good and I just have to share my love. It takes place during R's first winter as a zombie and I really enjoyed the insight. If you're a fan of Warm Bodies I definitely suggest you take a look at it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly waiting for.

This week I'm waiting on Orleans by Sherri L. Smith.

First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.

Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.

Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Orleans will be released on March 7, 2013 by Putnam Juvenile.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Title: A Million Suns
Author: Beth Revis
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (386 pages)
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopian
Cover Review: Another gorgeous cover from Ms. Beth Revis! I love this one even more than the first. Again, is that Amy and Elder that I see?
Tagline: N/A
Series: Across the Universe #2
Main Character: Amy Martin and Elder

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. Everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed.

But there may be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to act on his vision—no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder learns shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a mystery that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier. Their success—or failure—will determine the fate of the 2,298 passengers aboard Godspeed. But with each step, the journey becomes more perilous, the ship more chaotic, and the love between them more impossible to fight.

Beth Revis catapulted readers into the far reaches of space with her New York Times bestselling debut, Across the Universe. In A Million Suns, Beth deepens the mystery with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.
A Million Suns picks up right where Across the Universe left off, though it is a few months later. Many things have happened during those three months. Elder has decided to become the leader, though he refuses to take the title Eldest. He thinks that everyone will still listen to him if he still holds the name that he has had his whole life. Elder also decided to take everyone off of Phydus, as he thought it was only right to let everyone actually think for themselves. He never thought that it could get out of hands. After people are off Phydus, I don't know if they would ever consider going back on.

One day Amy finds something. She has no clue what it is, though she asks Elder about it. It appears to be a video message. She finally watches it. It happens to be a video made by Orion. During the video, he tells her that everything lies in her hands; that only she can make the final decision. Amy has no idea what this means, though she repeatedly finds clues that lead her to the next videos. As the story goes on, Elder must learn to control the ship while Amy has to find out what it is exactly that Orion wants her to do.

Amy was the same as she was in the first book, though she has learned to protect herself from others. She wraps her hair up with a scarf before she goes out so that nobody will knkow that it is her. It's pretty sad that she had to resort to that. I mean, she's just a person, ya know? She did get a little on my nerves though when she showed the video to Eldest. I thought she wasn't supposed to show it to anyone? I mean, I would probably still show it to someone too, because I probably couldn't keep a secret that big. Amy also kind of pushed Elder away a lot in this book. If she pushes Elder away, I don't think she's going to have any friends left.

Elder really surprised me in A Million Suns. He seemed a lot more confident and sure of what he was doing, though there was still some sort of rebellion going on. He tried his best to do everything he could. I still believe that he made the right decision: taking everyone off of Phydus. Otherwise, he wouldn't really be ruling people; he'd be ruling mindless zombies that don't think for themselves.

This book was definitely better than Across the Universe, if that is even possible. Beth Revis completely blew me away and I was hooked for the entire ride. In other words: It was frexing heart-pounding and amazing! Oh yeah, that is another thing. I love the way they talk. They have their own words that they use in Godspeed, and it amuses me when Amy says something and everyone seems to be confused.

Orion really grew on me in this book. He's probably one of my favorite characters now in the story. He really knew way more than he let on, and I appreciated that he left many clues for Amy to decipher, knowing that she would have to make the final decision. I also thought it was kind of interesting how Elder really agreed with Orion but he never really said anything about it. I mean, they are exact clones of each other, but still. I didn't know that they would think alike as well! I'm super excited to read Shades of Earth. First, I must go buy myself a copy...

Rating:
Notable Quotes:
"Love without choice isn't love at all."
"And here we are, in the middle, surrounded by a sea of stars. A million suns. Any of them could hold a planet. Any of them could hold a home. But all of them are out of reach."
"People are, at their heart, constantly moving toward a state of entropy. We're all spiraling out of control."
"Well, sometimes home is a person."

Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Releases for the Week of February 17-23, 2013

Here are some of the new releases for the upcoming week!
February 19: Override by Heather Anastasiu
sequel to Glitch

February 19: Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler in paperback

Photos and info found on Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Interview with Kristin at Second Book to the Right!

This week I was able to interview Kristin from Second Book to the Right! Her blog has been up and running since November 2012.

1. Hardcover or paperback?
Hardcover if I can afford it and its a book I love.

2. Book or e-copy?
 Ebook has become the majority of my library.

3. Library or book store?
Library, then if I like it, book store.

4. New books or used books?
If its a book I love, a new one please.
5. If you were in a book, which type of character would you be? (EX: hero, villain, sidekick, etc.)
I'd probably be the geeky side-kick.

6. Would you want the book you were featured in to be turned into a movie? Who would play you?
Sure! Sandra Bullock, or maybe Anne Hathaway.

7. If you could live in any possible genre, which would you choose and why?
 fantasy, definitely....and if you saw my feet, you'd classify me as a Hobbit ;)

8. If you could meet any one author, who would you meet any why?
JRR Tolkien, he made up his own languages and they are still being used to this day! That is so impressive in my eyes.

9. If there was a book about your life, what would it be called? 
Through the Darkness.

10. Which character in a novel that you've read most resembles you and why?
The one I can think of first off the top of my head would be Hermoine from HP. We're both kinda geeky, and particular on details, not to mention relatively smart and bookish.

11. How many times have you read your favorite book and will you read it again?
The book I've read the most amount of times is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at close to 8 times. But I don't know if I could consider it my absolute favorite. That can change with the week.

You can find Kristin on:
Second Book to the Right
Twitter
Google Plus
Goodreads

Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Kristin!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Edition: Hardcover (392 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance; Werewolves
Cover Review: This cover is one of my favorite covers ever. It's so simple and yet it's beautiful at the same time. There's a wolf and I absolutely love the red dot for the "i". Plus, it's blue!
Tagline: N/A
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Main Characters: Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Shiver is a book about werewolves. The thing is, these werewolves are unique and totally out of the box. Round of applause for Ms. Stiefvater! In Shiver, we follow both Grace and Sam, a girl and a werewolf. Grace has always watched the wolves every since she was younger, though one day she was taken by the wolves. She only remembers one wolf saving her. As she grows older, she always sees the same wolf outside. One day, she finds a guy outside her house, looking like he was shot by a bullet. He happens to smell like wolf and have eyes that look just like her wolf's eyes. She can't believe it, though she can't really contain her excitement. Her wolf is actually real and her obsession doesn't seem as strange anymore.

Sam, on the other hand, can only be human during the summer. He shifts when it gets too cold outside. He has never really talked to Grace because he knew that he would eventually have to leave her. Werewolves only have a certain lifespan between shifting of humans and werewolves before they completely stay werewolves. Therefore, Sam hasn't really grown close to anyone. He also has a very sad past and was bitten when he was really young.

This was the second time that I've read Shiver. I enjoyed it so much the first time that I wanted to read it again. It was so much better the second time! I absolutely adore Stiefvater's writing and her characters are amazing. I instantly fell in love with Sam and I easily related with Grace, as she cares deeply for her grades in school. I also loved how there were musical elements woven throughout the writing. Sam was a musician, so he was always singing songs or writing songs for Grace, his summer girl. I loved this book so much, and I highly recommend it! It was a great paranormal romance read with a unique twist. Definitely a great book for the winter!
Rating:
Notable Quotes:
"Books are more real when you read them outside."
"It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are."
"I was suddenly struck by how dissimilar we were. It occured to me that if Grace and I were objects, she would be an elaborate digital clock, synced up with the World Clock in London with technical perfection, and I'd be a snow globe-shaken memories in a glass ball."
Have you read this book? I'd love to hear your thoughts!