Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater I have mixed feelings about books like these but unlike most YA novels this one really won me over. If I had to put my finger on it... I would say because the author had a way with words; let me explain. It wasn't that her writing was brilliantly sprinkled with colorful words but it was what wasn't said that impressed me. Normally I want an author to explain and give detail to every scene so that I can feel deeply more attuned to what is going on, not here however. I like to really feel the mechanics of what is going on, engross myself in the settings and characters; this was still accomplished with the books one page chapters and 3 word sentences. Some might call this mediocre writing but I call it a work of art.They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and each word has meaning beyond comprehension but the imagination that she let loose was so much more profound than anything the author could have said. It was what wasn't said that really spoke to me if that makes any sense. It probably is just me, all I am saying is that I got so much more out of the book than I would have thought with such simple words; my own thoughts on the story took its own course, thus making me view the happenings the way that my mind would enjoy this the most.
However, there is one thing that I am getting tired of in YA that this book brought to my attention. Personally I have read my share of the Paranormal (a cliche setting of writing anyway now a days) and I am getting tired of the way authors describe the separation of "man" and "beast". To be the beast is usually negative or... the man part is the dominant/ original being. Therefore whether in the body of the man or beast the man part is the personality that is followed in the story and there is no beast that exists just the man. For once I would like a tale where the animal is the shape-shifter and not the man.
Anyway, hope that all makes sense. All in all though, I enjoyed the book; I see a lot of dynamics in the future books, can't wait to read them! I give this book a 7/10!