Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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* This suggestion is part of our Sweater Weather Reads series. On Twitter @BSPLibrary #sweaterweatherreads, we’ll be posting cool suggestions to snuggle up with all winter long. Got a frosty favorite? We’d love to hear from you. *

cover_shiver_300When she was a little girl, Grace was dragged off into the woods behind her house by a pack of starving wolves. They would have killed her if a younger wolf with striking yellow eyes hadn’t fought off the others. From then on, Grace often spots those yellow eyes watching her from the shadows, always from a distance and only during the long Minnesota winter.

Six years later, wolves are blamed for the death of a popular local teen. The people of Mercy Falls, always wary of the packs that roam the snow-blanketed woods surrounding their rural town, turn hostile toward the creatures. With guns loaded, they storm into the woods.

That’s when Grace finds a naked boy on her back porch bleeding from a gunshot wound. One look at his yellow eyes is all Grace needs to put two and two together: this boy is also her wolf.

“I don’t want to go back,” he tells her desperately. “Don’t – don’t let me change.”

Published in 2009 at the height of the paranormal romance craze, Shiver is a fresh take on the werewolf mythos. There are no stereotypical Native American skinwalkers (à la Twilight) here, thank goodness. The prose is lyrical and just lovely enough to zone out to without getting overly flowery. I love the characters and the snowy setting.

Shiver is one of my go-to “comfort reads” that I pick up whenever I feel lonely or ill or just want to curl up in bed with the heater on.

Check the PPLC catalog for Shiver.

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