Most everyone has had that moment when a friend has influenced them to do something…watch a movie, listen to a band, read a book. Not only that, but sometimes you even find yourself doing things you never would have considered before you fell under the influence of said friend. This is what happened with me when I was hanging out with Amy last year at the National Book Festival. She had brought the young adult novel with Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater along with her to read. AFter much laughter and speculation about the love relationships between wolves and humans, Amy left her book unguarded and I picked it up and start reading a few pages, which turned into a few chapters, which turned into me tracking down and reading my own copy of the book, and really enjoying it.
I have been waiting for the sequel, Linger, since I finished reading Shiver last fall, and now that time has come. Linger will be in stores on July 20th but you can win signed copies of both books right here. I will draw a winner on June 25, 2010. US residents only. Winner must be able to provide a US mailing address for prize delivery.
About the books!
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one. Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn’t cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend. But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it’s only me who’s not firmly in my own skin.