Author Appreciation Week has been a lot of fun!!! Thank you, Heidi R. Kling! (And Happy Birthday!!)
Today on #AAW... WEREWOLVES!!! All three of my other authors had werewolves. Some we hate, well, one we hate--Fenrir Greyback, and some we love--Jacob (*sighs* too young), Lupin (love him), and Luke (really love him! and he's closer to my age!).
Well, today's author wrote an amazing (and completely swoon-worthy) book about werewolves! (And the second one's coming out soon!! *squeals*)
Thank you, Maggie Stiefvater!!!
Shiver (that's the name of the book by the way) was one of the first books I read on my ereader (on my phone! how cool is that!). At this point, I had started reading more paranormal YA, trying to get a more full taste of the genre. But after Mortal Instruments, nothing seemed to measure up. The books were too short (I'm a sucker for a really long book!), and the characters were not that well developed.
This is where my love for the ereader developed. I figured out that I can download the first chapter of a book and buy it later if I like it!
Well. I downloaded the free sample of Shiver (and about 10 other books). I was hooked!
Shiver is told in first person, alternating between Grace's POV and Sam's POV. It is the story of a young girl who has a rather unusual attraction to the wolves, one in particular, that live in the woods behind her house. When the temperature drops below 32 (eek! Is it 32 or 38???) degrees, Sam will turn back into a wolf.
Let me just say I spent pretty much the entire story swooning. And in the words of Maggie, "Swooning is good!"
That's right! I said in the words of Maggie! I found another author who is accessible!! *wants to swoon over accessible authors* When I finished Shiver, I sent Maggie a tweet ('cause I follow @mstiefvater), and she replied!
Maggie also has a facebook page that she keeps up with, responding to all of the comments, and a really cool blog with some great short stories!!
And, on top of all that, she is an amazing artist, musician, and songwriter! (I would say she's a great singer too, but I've never actually heard her sing!)
All around, Maggie is an amazingly talented artist. I highly recommend Shiver to anyone who has not read it (and even to those who have), and I know where I'll be in a few months when Linger, the sequel to Shiver, is released. ;o)
Again, thank you, Maggie Stiefvater!!
PS - Thanks for the steamy, swoony... um... you know!!!
Join me tomorrow when I wrap up Author Appreciation Week!!