Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 1st 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Mild
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Mild
Maggie's Website: http://maggiestiefvater.com/
Years ago wolves dragged young Grace off her tire swing into the woods, nearly killing her until one yellow-eyed wolf put a stop to it. The yellow-eyed wolf has watched from the woods behind her house ever since. Years later an animal attack incites a hunting party. Terrified for her wolf, Grace tries to stop it and nearly fails. But a nude boy with yellow eyes and a gunshot wound appears on her porch.
This story featured clean, often lyrical writing. The main characters were identifiable. And the author put a unique twist on werewolf lore. I found myself crying at the end of this sweet love story. I rarely give out five stars but this one earned it--even with a male lead described as "fragile". That said, I'm hesitant to pick up the other books in the trilogy because this one ended so perfectly.