As Chicagoland fans of young adult author Maggie Stiefvater eagerly await the release of the third book in her best-selling “Wolves of Mercy Falls” series, FOREVER—and her July 19 appearance at Andersons Bookshops in Naperville –now is the perfect time for those who haven’t yet read Stiefvater’s work to introduce themselves to the first book in the series, SHIVER.
“I’m so thrilled to be coming to Chicago on my tour,” Stiefvater said Wednesday morning. “It’s easy to say why I love coming to Chicago for my signings, because I still remember the very first time I came to Chicago, right before SHIVER came out. I remember I was so struck by the feel of the city, how wide open it felt, even with these massive buildings all around me. The parks and green spaces are incredible. I’m a dirt road out in the country kind of person, but I remember thinking, I could live in Chicago. So I’m excited to come back and see more of it.”
SHIVER is the type of YA romance and mystery that can leave you craving a peppermint hot chocolate, even in the 90-degree heat of a Chicago summer day. It’s a story of loss and longing, of love and hope.
When Grace was 11, two wolves pulled her from the tire swing in her backyard and into the woods. The wolf pack was starving, and as Grace lie in the snow, a circle of wolves hungrily licking at her and biting her, she felt certain she would die. But one wolf – a young wolf with yellow eyes flecked with gold and hazel – held her gaze, then stepped in to save her. Every winter since, Grace has looked for “her” wolf at the edge of her backyard, hoping to make a connection with him. At night, she hears the wolves howling in the night and feels a longing to be with them, a longing she can’t explain. And in the summer, when the wolves are nowhere to be seen, she wonders about her yellow-eyed wolf and imagines the adventures he’s on while she waits for the day she’ll see him again.
What Grace doesn’t know is that during the summer months, Sam is human. For years, he’s watched her from a distance, fascinated by her, but afraid to approach her. But when a boy at Grace’s high school is killed by wolves late one fall, when Grace is 17, Sam is shot by townsmen looking to avenge the boy’s death. Grace finds Sam lying on her back porch, wounded – and in human form. Grace rushes to care for him. Soon, they’re unable to deny their love for one another. But their joy at finding one another is tempered by the realization that this is Sam’s last season in human form – and that the oncoming winter cold could return him to wolf form at any time. How long will Sam be able to stay human before turning into his wolf form – forever? How did Grace, who was bitten as a child, manage to escape becoming a werewolf? And can she find a cure for Sam before it’s too late?
With SHIVER, Stiefvater has crafted a jewel of a story, one that will leave the reader breathless at its end–and in awe of the way in which Stiefvater uses words to capture an emotion or set a scene.
For more information, view the SHIVER stop motion trailer, created and produced by Stiefvater. Or read more about the “Wolves of Mercy Falls” series–including the first two chapters of SHIVER–and order copies of the books in the series at a special microsite for these novels.