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The pack circled around me tongues and teeth and growls When a local boy is killed by wolves Grace's small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion But Grace can't help being fascinated by the pack and by one yellow eyed wolf in particular There's something about him something almost human Then she meets a yellow eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath awayA chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page Cover illustration by Christopher Stengel


10 thoughts on “Shiver

  1. says:

    I started reading this book and a curious thing happened Suddenly my house was sparkling clean my bills were filed away I started playing Farm Story and reached level 13 in one day I did my tax I spent two hours chatting to the chatbott JabberwockyAnything and I mean ANYTHING to avoid the boredom of reading Shiver Shiver the story of a girl drastically into beastiality only to find out her wolf lover was really a boy As I read this book I had the strange urge to lock up my German sheppard should Grace ever decide to visit my home because she really does fall in love with a dog for YEARS before she ever finds out it's a boy or that things like werewolves exist I can't even begin to express how creepy her obsession with a wolf isI get the whole eternal love thing Perhaps Stiefvater was trying to show that Sam and Grace's connection transcends all the things love actually isn't supposed to transcend Maybe I'm just weird and completely unromantic but I've never looked at Fido and found a kindred spirit I never passed a dog down the street and found that I couldn't be attracted to men because they just weren't going to cut it for me anySo other than the fact that this book disturbed the fucking hell out of me bored me to death and dragged on like a visit to the old folk's home it was also poorly edited The writing wasn't TOO bad Some of the poems were down right rubbish and some of the others were alright Grace and Sam's voices were near identical Oh and another thing Sam was annoyingly chaste for way too long Where were all of these careful thoughtful boys when I was in high school? It's a disturbing trend really Edward Cullen Sam Roth Daniel Gregori they all came pre pussy whipped and I'm kind of wondering what the attraction isMaybe I'm just a sucker for bad boys Maybe I like boys that I COULDN'T imagine comfortably playing bridge with my 80 year old grandma not to mention enjoying it What is with the sudden need to keep us women in line? If I read one paranormal male hunk refuse the supposed love of his life who is literally flinging her naked body onto him then I think I'm going to start a convention a Ball Replacement ConventionC'mon Stiefvater Give the boy his balls back please He complained that a jacket made him look bulky He wrote a poem about a leaking womb What teenage boy doesn't shudder at the thought of menstrual blood? What next? Chipped nail PMS cramps? Is he going to stamp his foot and mutter Drat I can't believe Jennifer is wearing the same dress as me I think I might just dieLook I know I'm being incredibly sexist After all it was kind of nice to read about a stoic female character and an emotional gentle male character But Sam felt and read far too much like a middle aged woman and not like a teenage boy I didn't feel like he was well characterized or fleshed out enoughSo all in all I can't muster the energy to rant about this book It was REALLY boring It was average on the writing scale It's secondary characterization was pretty good but the main characters didn't do it for me The plot was SLOWHer parents were stupid I could complain that they were unrealistic but I've met some fucked up parents over my life so I'll buy that they really could be that moronic What I will complain about is where they get this amazing and varied social life in a small town It never explains why Sam's fate is mysteriously different to Jack's Maybe I'm just stupid No I don't buy that Was it because he was out in the freezing cold so it kept his temperature reasonable? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of giving him a crazy ass fever? Was it actually because he processed it as a wolf? Well that doesn't make sense because Grace never changedAnd what's with the dramatic ending? Really? He gets cured and goes home and gets dressed and reads a few books checks his mail gives himself a mani and a pedi goes on a diet waits for his skin to clear up buys the perfect set of shoes and THEN tracks down the love of his life who he thought he'd never see again? I DON'T FUCKING THINK SO How about stumbling through the forest naked and desperately arriving in Grace's backyard because he can't believe the complete miracle of his cure and can't wait to have the love of his life back in his arms? Yeah that ending makes so much senseI don't get why this is popular But then I don't get why Fallen is popular either It's just all beyond me Now I'm off to see if I can cram the word balls into this review anyBalls balls balls Oh my goodness she fell in love with a dog BallsBallsThis review can also be found on my blog Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


  2. says:

    I read this book to the end so you don’t have to Shiver should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning I think all the purple prose has blacked out my eyes Too bad the swelling didn’t prevent me from noticing the ginormous plot holes And I need some aspirin because my head aches from clenching my jaw as I am certain all the sappy sweetness contained in this adverb infested book was injected straight into my molars I am very much at a loss as to how this book has received so many glowing reviews Am I missing something?Allow me to recount the story for mood purposes you need to know that the setting of this book is frigid so well feel cold okay? Moving on Grace is 17 and in love with a golden eyed wolf that saved her when she was 11 and too weak and insipid to fight back for herself as wolves were attempting to consume her flesh Unable to think of anything but her love for a wild dog Grace is forever seeking out her wolf trying to catch a glimpse of him or possibly make friends with him a la White Fang only in a romantic way Sounds disturbing right? Well brace yourself cause this wild dog is eually obsessed and in love with Grace either due to the fact that she looked like an angel while lying in the snow nearly catatonic and helpless or because his wolf self likes the stink of fear and uselessness What follows is a story about how these two characters defy lame and dare I say “borrowed” werewolf lore meet cuddle spout lame poetry and construct sad song lyrics The best part of this book is the cover and the font which sadly had nothing to do with the author There was one well done scene and the description was able to establish the temperature of the setting which was pertinent to the plot But the very thing that the author was good at description was one of the very worst things about Shiver I have yet to meet and I pray that I never will a guy that describes himself as a “leaky womb” I don’t even know what that means I guess he felt like a menstruating uterus which seems very strange I have never eaten in a kitchen that smells like easy survival nor liked the smell of armpit or heard a guy call anything “horribly cute” much less a pom pom hat call me crazyAlso I am sure this author doesn’t like having her book compared to Twilight but it seems as though she was attempting to cash in on its success Aside from the whole temperature angle the werewolf lore in this book reeked of Stephanie Meyer’s werewolf lore which was ludicrous not to mention a major bore fest Grace might as well have been a Bella cutout though somehow not as interesting which is a whole new low that I never would have thought possible And Sam well he is the werewolf version of Edward only lacking in confidence swoonworthiness and talentI’m not going to lie I had some aww moments I’ve already mentioned there being one very well done scene and sometimes I would catch myself nearing a teary eyed state when Sam would talk about his dread of the impending winter But those moments were usually massacred by extreme ridiculousness childishness pretentious poetry and random outbursts of nonsensical song lyrics that were impossible to ignore So YA readers do yourself a favor and avoid this book like the plague otherwise you may experience bruising of the retinas sore teeth and burnt fingers from turning all those frosty pages Other side effects may include side stitches from laughing at extreme ridiculousness random eye twitching and scratchy throat from asking WTH? times than I can count


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    Here's how I imagine Stiefvater's meeting with the publishing houseStiefvater I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a vampirePublisher Sorry Maggie That's been done before Read Twilight It's terribleStiefvater Oh I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a zombiePublisher Sorry Maggie That's been done before Read Generation Dead It's terribleStiefvater Oh I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolfPublisher BingoMonths laterStiefvater I wrote a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolfPublisher reads a couple pages Maggie this is terrible We'll take itIn what's becoming a distressing theme in young adult literature aimed at females Stiefvater's Shiver follows a teenage girl who falls in love with a supernatural creature and risks life and limb to be with him oftentimes forgetting herself along the way Love after all is something every girl needs Truth is though I think Maggie Stiefvater might be a worse writer than Stephenie Meyer Sure Shiver lacks anything as truly awful as a vampire baseball game but it does have a brooding protagonist werewolf Sam who writes unfathomably insipid lyrics to songs in his head Check out this masterful seuence She draws patterns on my face These lines make shapes that can't replace the version of me that I hold inside when lying with you lying with you lying with you I like your hair she said p 157Here's the deal everyone I'm going to write my own teenage supernatural love story It will be sexy And scary And totally realistic And I'm going to write it RIGHT NOW 'CABRAby JoeJessa woke up with a start The pale sunlight filtered through the linen curtains casting a soft glow on the chupacabra's skin highlighting the sick putty colored spine How had it gotten into her room? No matter The glances that had passed between them in the desert earlier that day hadn't been in vain Jessa swooned casting a sultry look at the chupacabra Her chupacabra She reached out to it and it ripped her fucking arm offTHE END


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    Stuck at home? Got some time on your hands? Want to start a long series? But you don't want a dud?Check out this booktube video all about which series are worth your time and which ones aren't Here's the Written Review 25 Stars To summarize Boy loves girl Girl loves wolf Possible bestiality new edgy YA twist?Wolf is actually boy who loves girlWolf turns into boy Girl loves boy Kisses Many kisses I stood on my toes and stole a soft kiss from his lips Surprise attack I saidSam leaned down and kissed me back his mouth lingering on mine teeth grazing my lower lip making me shiver Surprise attack backSneaky I said my voice breathier than I intended This book wasn't bad per seit was just very very very very VERY heavy on the insta love His lips tasted cool and sharp peppermint winter but his hands soft on the back of my neck promised long days and summer and forever It wasn't even the totally terrible lovey dovey levelsit was just a lot to cram into one book and 25 year old me did get a little eye rolly over this It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are Yes believe it or not young teenagers you can love a person for their personalityAnd as someone who prefers SOME sort of plot I did get a little bored of all the cutesy moments of their relationship So much of the page space was absolutely devoted to Girl protecting Boy from secrets or Boy protecting Girl from secrets Sigh It's a huge pet peeve of mine whenever the plot of the entire book could disappear merely if the two main characters talk to each otherAnd the book did get a little fake philosophical which induced further eye rolling I'd found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could but it was unraveling an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers too fine to hold It's likeI get that Girl's been pining over Wolf for six yearsbut jeez louisethat's a lot of kisses “Grace” I said very softly “Say something”Sam” she said and I crushed her to me And let's not even get into the reason behind the werewolfism Suffice to say that there were holes than a fishnetUltimately I did enjoy parts of the book but good lawd These kids need a cold showerThough I did love their love for books Books are real when you read them outside YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  5. says:

    To sum it up this book should have been called Twilight Team Jacob Version Why? Well while I understand that the author wrote her first draft of Shiver before Twilight came out still the similarities are striking A boring girl whose only personality traits are obsessing about her supernatural boyfriend doing homework and cooking dinner for her parents check; an emo supernatural boyfriend whose life revolves around his human flame who plays an instrument and writes songs for his girl check; a boy and a girl sleeping in the same bed night after night and no matter how much this girl asks for it the hero says no because it's not right check; parents who are oblivious to the fact that their daughter practically has a live in boyfriend check I can go on but I am sure you get the pictureWhy 2 stars and not less then? Well the writing is not bad It is a little purplish but at least we are spared numerous chagrins and endless Edward is a beautiful god like creature rants I have to note here however that although the writing and author's vocabulary are much better than Stephenie Meyer’s this book lacks that signature Twilight addictive uality I can’t believe I just wrote this because I am not even a Twilight fan the middle of the book is especially slow moving The werewolf mythology although very little explored is based on a moderately novel idea of the transformation caused by changes in temperature And finally the main scorer is that Stiefvater manages to create in her book an atmosphere of coldness You literally feel cold reading this book all the time I have to give her some credit for this I am sure it takes skillOverall it is an OK romance paranormal story emphasis on “romance” here I expect if you love Twilight you'll like this book too I personally didn't care for it much There are 2 books in this series but I doubt I'll be reading themReading challenge #1 S


  6. says:

    Lovely lyrical and achingly sad Shiver is introspective than most YA books and is sometimes criticized for being too slow or wordy but I found it to be beautifully written tragic and a gorgeous take on werewolf lore Sam's desperate struggle to hold onto his humanity is incredibly poignant and his heartrending relationship with Grace is deeply emotional and sweet It's a book that makes me cry every time I read it Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes His eyes were yellow sad wolf mineThese stay the same Remember that when you look at me Remember it's me PleasePS this book is NOTHING like Twilight despite the inevitable comparisons because of the subject matter It's in a class all its own


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    ”I saw it I saw her in a way I’d never seen anything beforeAnd I stopped itI really liked this one I really did and considering the many negative reviews I read I can’t help but wonder if I’m truly that easy to please lol I guess the answer is “yes” because I definitely would read every single book Maggie ever wrote and if possible I’d even read her grocery list I just love her writing style the way she always manages to create an amazing atmosphere how she weaves a mystery around it all and adds so beautifully broken characters into her plot line I don’t know how she does it but I’m addicted to her books and no matter if other readers think that she disappointed them with Shiver all I can say is Maggie you made me very happy with this book 333 ”Beck made perfect eggs More than that Beck kept me Sam Back then with the scars on my wrists still so fresh I’d been so dangerously close to fracturing into something that was neither human nor wolf”Aww Sam I swear Sam is such a special snowflake and I loved him right from the start This boy is precious so damn precious I can’t even I loved that he was always so shy around Grace and that he tried to keep his distance even though he was in love with her Beck was right; Sam really is the best of them all And don’t even get me started about his yellow eyes How cool is that? A boy that turns into a wolf and has yellow eyes XD Also his past oh my Maggie you have a talent to write the best broken characters and Sam is no exception to the rule Poor boy and what he had to go through I just wanted to wrap him into a blanket and keep him warm ”I wondered what Grace saw in me why I fascinated her What was I without my wolf skin? A boy stuffed so full of words that they spilled out of me”And no matter how many people think this is a typical YA story with werewolves Well you’re not wrong but you’re definitely not right either I mean yes we have the insta love trope and it’s pretty strong in that one but if you think about it Grace and Sam kinda knew each other for years lol PLUS Sam isn’t the super strong alpha male who’s a tease and tries to get into Grace’s pants Nope uite the contrary he is shy he’s super sweet he’s decent he’s vulnerable and he’s not strong At least not physically His mind? Well that’s an entirely different story because this boy definitely has a than just strong will 3 ”Dull orange brown leaves dry and dead clung to the branches and fluttered in the wind waiting for the gust of wind that would knock them to the ground That was what Sam was transient A summer leaf clinging to a frozen branch for as long as possible”He fought against his change and boy how hard he fought In fact both of them did Grace tried her best to help him but with the temperatures dropping so low this was a real struggle And this kind of brings me to the next thing I loved about the book The temperature information at the beginning of every chapter This was a really cool detail and it really helped me to get a feel for the story ”I felt like things were getting away from me I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could but it was unravelling an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers too fine to hold”As for the side characters I loved Isabel and I was intrigued with Beck They both were interesting characters and I’m pretty curious if they will make an appearance in the next book I can’t really say that I want to see Shelby but I’m afraid she’ll make an appearance no matter if I want her to or not lol Also can I have of Paul? He seemed to be a fun character and he’s the wolf pack leader so I hope there will be time with him in “Linger”? XD All told I enjoyed this immensely and because the ending was so abrupt I feel like I need to dive into the next book soon I’m afraid I was once again left with thousands of uestions and I’m in dire need of some answers so we better start to read this soon ; Werewolves are perfect for October right? lolLast but not least I want to thank my awesome Sugar Bun for reading this book with me As always our buddy read was rather spontaneous but I really enjoyed it and I loved that we tried to guess the ending And in my defence What would you do without me? You’d never read all those amazing yucky love romances lol ; P So are you ready for book two? grins innocently Haha


  8. says:

    Who is publishing these horribly written YA novels? Who? every publisher ever And importantly why? for tons of cash First off I didn't finish this book I couldn't finish this book I couldn't get 14 of the way through even though I have the audiobook Actually not only is this book boring as hell but the audiobook was poorly cast on that later This is another book I picked up because of the pretty cover kicking self a lot I have to admit the premise sounded interesting not long before this book crossed my path I'd finished reading Blood and Chocolate which is overall somewhat enjoyable even if it is a little weird so I just had to read it But guess what? Not an interesting story Not even kind of The coupling in this book? Bizarre Boring I mean really boring Sam doesn't think like a guy Not even a little Sam thinks like a woman A really boring older woman No guy throws on a puffy coat and thinks I look like a blimp in this thing No heterosexual guy No way Not ever I can't help but wonder if Sam ever gets around to asking Grace if his pants make his butt look fat But I digressGrace is Boring Not only that but she's also insipid and irritating Did I mention mind numbingly boring? So just to review Grace She's Bella Swan's evil but oh so very boring twin And the character named Isabella I think that's her name that like pisses herself? WTF??? WHY? Seriously WHY? It's because of the pissing scene that I stopped paying attention to the audio book Sure every once in a while I caught snippets of the story But none of it was interesting So eventually I turned it off and cursed Audible for having a no return policy sure it totally makes sense But still Tangent Look I wasted one of my audible credits on this piece of trash I can't resell it or even trade it for something better I'm pissedSpeaking of the audio book like I said earlier it was horribly cast The female narrator sounds like a fourteen year old girl And the male narrator sounds like my old elementary school gym coach The one that sorta looked like a child molester you know what I'm talking about everyone had a coach like that EveryoneNeedless to say the audio book gave me heebies from the get go I couldn't help but picture some ninth grade girl because like I said she sounds uite young flirting with her disgusting teacher who has a mustache and wears tiny gym shorts I'm still traumatized So yeah I advise you don't read this book And definitely don't buy the audio book If you do don't say I didn't warn you That is all


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    read 4 | 2020Reading this book is like being swallowed whole by winter It always brings back so many memories and I just 🥺 I leave with a lot of feelings Sam's sweet softness will never stop breaking me into pieces and just the themes of holding onto yourself your humanity being shaped by circumstance and being a product of your environment are intricately explored I fully love it It is so slow and thoughtful and loving And the sensory elements It has me craving winter and peppermint and woodsmoke and sweatersI also listened to the audio this time and really loved both the narrators On 2 x the speed because my brain needs things fast 😌Reading older YA does make me wince with the occasional problematic word choices of course I'm definitely glad Stiefvater's later books have grownread 3 | 2018So I hadn't read this inwoah 4 years? Which means my sieve brain and I remembered next to nothing I didn't even remember how Sam and Grace finally met THERE WAS BLOOD SO ROMANTIC and overall reading this was just like coming home to a really warm and cosy chair with soft blankets and the warmest hot chocolate and I justI have so many feelings I absolutely love ALL Stiefvater books and every time I reread I remember why She just has a way of totally drawing you into the story I was just absorbed by werewolves and book lovers and grief and wanting and the excitement of life and the fear of lose And it was so so beautifully writtenAlso Sam is the softest and I love himAnd shout out to the food scenes which I didn't pay attention to until this time But there is so much food And it's all so symbolic in how it's portrayed Sam and Grace having candies and peppermint hot chocolates together as their first real date vs Sam as a baby werewolf learning to kill rabbits and crying Grace cooking for herself in a lonely cold house vs Sam making Grace porridge And that WHOLE SCENE where they peel back Isabel's ice princess snarly sharp walls and she has fun making mushroom omelettes with them Let's just say food is important here and I love love these scenesread 2 | 2014I read it first about say 2 years ago nowand I've just read Sinner so I wanted to reread Shiver because I miss them I'll be honest mostly Isabel and Colebut I do love Sam and Grace Second time round my thoughts? I noticed compared to Maggie Stiefvater's writing now Shiver was a lot thicker on description and action less prose The description still has the beautiful woah moments but not as often as say The Raven Boys or The Scorpio Races And I also noticed that Sam and Grace literally ran into their relationship They knew of each other but not really each other Sam is so sweet and unassuming And Grace is so black and white and Vulcan Plus they have the best banter in the world I want to read the second two again now Ah if I had to answer the uestion what's your guilty pleasure reading it'd probably be rereading this series I thoroughly enjoyed it and was only skimming a few pages because I wanted to get back to the dialogue It's definitely the strongest part The characters all just shine in this book Like even the briefest mentions of Isabel she's already popping with personality even before she comes over to make uiche The only characters who lacked actually ironically were Grace's two BFF Olivia and Rachel They felt like cookie cutters the introvert and the extrovert and Grace's need to make them stickbut she forgets that in her need for Sam's wolfish musk But hey it's Sam It's understandable


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    Trolls You are welcome to comment on my review I won't delete your comments Curse my name curse my mother I don't care But please don't forget to leave a comment And make sure to send my review to all of your friendsAnd the award for worst book of 2009 goes to ShiverWhat makes this book so bad you may ask? Well in layman's terms I'm going to give a logical detailed explanation as to why Shiver sucks alliteration unintentional1 GraceGrace has to be the worse heroine ever Excuse this comparison but she's worse than Bella Swan Grace treats her friends her parents and her schoolmates like dirt This isn't true you say Grace is caring wholesome and ever so devoted to Sam Keyword here Sam She cares for no one but her wolf Excuse me while I gag She treats Rachel and Olivia like they're pets She never spends time with them She has to remind herself that they're her friends She ignores them in favor of a wolf A wolf that tried to eat her I know that many girls are offended when their best friend ignores them to spend time with a guy How would you feel if they ignored you for an animal? Keep in mind that for the first 13rd of Shiver Grace doesn't know that Sam is a werewolf Grace is unable to empathize with anyone Let me give you an exampleNot because the attention bothered me but because every time someone remembered I was dragged from my tire swing they remembered it could happen to anyone And I wondered how many someones it would take before they decided to go after the wolvesTo go after my wolfI knew this was the real reason why I couldn’t forgive Jack for dyingYou can say that this uote is taken out of context It doesn't matter The fact that she thinks like this is disgusting This girl was attacked by wolves when she was six Yet for whatever reason she's in love with one of the wolves who tried to eat her Does this make any sense? NoHere's Sam's thoughts straight from the bookI could smell her blood a warm bright scent in this dead cold world I saw Salem jerk and tremble as he ripped at her clothing My stomach twisted painful—it had been so long since I’d eaten I wanted to push through the wolves to stand next to Salem and pretend that I couldn’t smell her humanness or hear her soft moans She was so little underneath our wildness the pack pressing against her wanting to trade her life for oursVery romantic He wanted to eat his true love the first time he saw her And Grace for whatever reason loves him It's not like he saved her from being eaten Trolls You want to know the reason why Shiver gets compared to Twilight so freuently? Because it pales in comparison to Twilight Make no mistake I hate Twilight But this is worseBack to Grace She feels no sympathy for the boy who was killed by the wolves He might have been a jerk but that is no excuse Grace out of everyone in that town should know what it's like to nearly die She should be consoling Isabelle and Isabelle's parents Instead she continues to think about her wolf If Sam had saved her that would be something else entirely But in the land of YA preventing yourself from eating someone or killing someone Edward and Patch is the first sign of true love How romantic Grace is also a jerk to Isabelle my favorite character in the god awful book Keep in my that1 Isabelle loved her brother2 She doesn't want to think he's dead3 Everyone knows that Grace has a special connection with the wolves4 Jack's body is missing and the wolves attacked himIsn't it reasonable to assume that Grace knows something? Instead Grace tries to keep her out of the know to protect her wolf Apparently a wolf is important than a human being Don't get me wrong I love dogs But if it came down to my dog or someone's brother that dog would be gone in a millisecond Even if Grace knew that her wolf was a werewolf it doesn't matter She's known Jack and Isabelle her entire life She's known Sam for a few days Not even Bella Swan is that selfish 2 SamSam is worse I hate him You want to know why? His existence as a boy is illogical He's not supposed to remember his time as a wolf right? Yet he remembers Grace I believe I started hating him the first time he appeared as a boy He's rude to Rachel and Olivia He's supposed to be a cashier He's supposed to be helpful and nice Instead he ignores his customers and proceeds to ogle Grace He continues his bad customer service into book two He's rude to Isabelle even though her brother just died And he survivedHe's worse than Sam Uley At least Sam Uley had no choice He had to imprint on Emily It was fate Whatever he does isn't his faultSam on the other hand is a whiny emo He writes horrible poetry He writes horrible songs He sounds like the kind of boyfriend a sixteen year old girl would write into her self insert fan fictions Oh and he does have a Leah ShelbyI know they aren't involved I know Shelby is kind of crazy But that's no excuse to treat her the way Sam does He ignores her Much like Damon does Drina in Ever an eually bad book 3 The Purple ProseCool air bit my cheeks and pinched at the tops of my ears reminding me that summer was officially over My stocking cap was stuffed in the pocket of my coat but I knew my wolf didn’t always recognize me when I was wearing it so I left it off I suinted at the edge of the yard and stepped off the deck trying to look nonchalant as I did The piece of beef in my hand felt cold and slickI crunched out across the brittle colorless grass into the middle of the yard and stopped momentarily dazzled by the violent pink of the sunset through the fluttering black leaves of the trees This stark landscape was a world away from the small warm kitchen with its comforting smells of easy survival Where I was supposed to belong Where I should’ve wanted to be But the trees called to me urging me to abandon what I knew and vanish into the oncoming night It was a desire that had been tugging me with disconcerting freuency these days4 The PacingThis story is slow and boring Nothing happens What's the plot? Where's the conflict?5 The RomanceSam and Grace have no chemistry None If you find some please tell me I'm not finding any Sam our resident leaky womb and Grace our insensitive twit share no hobbies Heck Sam has chemistry with her mother Why do they love each other? I don't know 6 The CharacterizationWhat characterization?7 The Conclusionview spoilerApparently Jack dies so Sam can live What sort of sick shit is this? Our moral? True love is better than family hide spoiler