Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This book gets better as you go. I finished it on Sunday and ever since I can't help stopping at the kitchen window to check out the line of pines that border our yard. I’m looking for  ghostly figures out there, piercing eyes, a cloud of breath. Maybe it's all the more evocative to read Stiefvaters book during a Minnesota winter. For me the cold, the snow, wolf eyes, the white pages with the blue font(so beautiful!), all of it worked together and the images have been haunting me for the last couple of days. In Stephanie Meyer’s books (you know the ones), you smell vampires and wolves all over the place but I couldn’t help  think that Meyer’s vampires smelled like over-ripe canalope and her wolves like wet-dog (I’ve said this before, sorry if I get boring), but Maggie Stiefvater made me want to go put my face in my dog’s ruff(his name is Haimish) and I usually avoid that kind of thing.
Romance, Stiefvater does that well. And Sam is so likable, both in boy and wolf forms. I also liked him in first person or from Grace’s perspective. I returned the book to the library because there were folks waiting on it, or I would look a little more closely at how she used the changing perspectives to build tension in the story. It seems to me you would need to slide into the perspective of the character who has the most to lose. But knowing me I would avoid that character!

As Always (best laid plans: I WAS going to post my plot mapping--maybe tomorrow--and a response to Paul Greci's reading post--I loved it!--and I want to do a post on some reading my son is doing--Steve B. that's about you--later in this week, oh and AWARDS, so behind),