Over the next 5 days (the last 5 of 2010) I'll be posting my Top Ten favorite reads of the year. They're not necessarily books released in 2010 -- just books that I've read in the past year. I'll be giving the synopsis and linking to my review (if it's been posted) and telling why I love these books so much. These books are not in a particular order, they are simply my top ten favorite reads of the year.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.
Why I Loved It: It was beautiful. The language and imagery were flowing and crystalline -- simply stunning. I became completely mesmerized by the emotions of the story; they were so powerful. Sam and Grace were adorable, and their star-crossed romance was heart-wrenching. So many teen romances are cheesy, but this one was as beautiful and as fragile as glass. Reading their story, I felt like I was holding it in the palm of my hand, afraid to breathe lest I break it. I've never been so invested in a novel or in two characters, but Sam and Grace were so sweet and adorable and impossible that I couldn't help but fall in love with them. I still see this story as clear as day in my head, and it has been months since I read it. Maggie Stiefvater is truly a master class writer and storyteller, and I am dying to read Linger the first chance I get.
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