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Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater Before I talk about the book I think it's important to say that I've never been good with werewolves in books. The idea just never really appealed to me or worked and so while people have read and loved various books I've always stayed away due to my disinterest. I always kept an eye out for a book that would be my introduction to the sub-genre and when I heard more about Maggie Stiefvater's series I thought that this could be the one, especially since I heard wonderful things about the writing.I loved this book. One of the main reasons being that it wasn't a book about werewolves and was instead a book about humans that occasionally would turn into wolves. You might think that I'm splitting hairs here, but when I conjure an image of a werewolf it's usually a tall, burly man with crazy facial hair being chased by someone with a gun and silver bullets against a full moon or some similar hokey stereotype. The ability for me to be able to logically separate the two made all the difference. For me the book was ultimately about being human and what that meant for different people, and what you would risk for your own sense of self.The relationship between Grace and Sam was bittersweet and with every page I had such a sense of the two of them that it was hard not to end the book in tears. Maggie has a beautiful way with words and although it's quite evident throughout the book I most noticed it between the two of them with the sadness and hope evoked in her turn of phrase. It didn't register to me until after I finished the book that I would be perfectly happy with this as a standalone, as I had always been aware of it as a series. If I didn't already own Linger I might stop here and be content.I'm hesitant to mention this, but I feel strongly that people be aware that this series is not Twilight-light or Twilight with wolves or any other such nonsense you see about. It's very much its own story that stands strongly on its own two feet without needing to sit atop anyone else's shoulders.As an aside, I suggest anyone who enjoyed Shiver to take a look at this beautiful stop-motion trailer Maggie created for the book. The music is composed and performed by her and her sister, as well, and it's stunning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX82ggGCF7c