Monday, May 21, 2012

The Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

Good Monday, dear readers.
Earlier this year, I featured a book by Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races and deemed her one of my new favorite young adult writers of the year. So, I found some of her previous released books and have now become an even greater fan. So today, I would like to introduce you to Stiefvater's Shiver: The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy.

Once again, Steifvater has given us unique, endearing characters, caught in a timeless story. Some of the reviews I've encountered say this is a Twilight type of story, but I must disagree. Yes, the story is about a human girl falling for a mythological creature, but that's the only similarities I found.

Be prepared to be gripped from the first page and taken on a unique adventure into a world of werewolves, romance, dealing with past hurts and overcoming those hurts to become who you're meant to be. There are so many levels a reader can delve into these books. The romance between Sam and Grace, the struggle to accept past hurts and mistakes, and a desire to be free of what constrains us in our lives. 

If you love fantasy, romance and modern fairy tales, I think you'll love these books, too.

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book 1: Shiver
Book Information
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545123266

Book Summary:from Author's website
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.

Book 2: Linger

Book Information
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545123297
Book Summary:from Author's website
The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of a human. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

Book 3: Forever

Book Information

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1St Edition edition (July 12, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0545259088
Book Summary:from Author's website
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stiefvater.

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love transformed from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives. That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be hunted in one final, spectacular kill.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future will all collide in one pure moment - a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

Activity Adventures

Writing Challenge:
Maggie Stievater who also wrote The Scorpio Races takes a myth or legend and turns them into a modern day story. Think about your favorite myth or legend. How might that story work in today's world. Give it a try. Write a short story using an already done fable and see if you can make it modern.

Visit Stievater's fabulous discussion guide provided by Scholastic for classroom ideas, discussion topics and further reading suggestions.

Fun Stuff:
Find music, wallpapers, sample chapters and more at the author's website.

Wolves are both loved and hated. Do some research about what's going on with North America's wolf populations, how some are endeavoring to save these majestic creatures and how others find them a terrible pest. What do you think? Should the wolves be protected? Or are they a danger to humans and livestock? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Author Arena

Biography from Amazon: Maggie Stiefvater

All of my life decisions have been based around my inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which I've tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists, musicians, and artists (I've made my living as one of these since I was 22).

I now live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two small kids, two neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I'm an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and play several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes.

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