Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher:  Scholastic Inc.

Page Count:  390

Rating: 4/5

(Description): The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace…until now.
The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

(Review): Like most praised YA books I figured this was yet another overrated book that recieved tons of praise because it was “different”. I can say I was plesantly surprised. I’m not very versed in werewolf novels, but I felt this was a very well put together and thought out.

The werewolves are different then others that I have read about. First off the fact that they are effected directly by the temperature is a very interesting concept and Stiefvater does a great job at making it work, she even includes the current temperature at the beginning of each chapter. The pack mentality and the way she explains the wolf’s thoughts is also very nice and easy to understand. I don’t want to spoil too much for anyone but the fact that the werewolves eventually loose themselves to the animal also makes this a very intense kind of read. Having those aspects put together you feel like the main character, Grace, at times. You become conscious of the temperature listed, and the fact that time is a factor so you feel the anxiety involved.

The few complaints that I had were justifiable in the story and had nothing to do with the writing really. I wasn’t fond of Grace’s parents at all, I found them to be clueless and felt they had no business having a kid. I don’t really like reading lyrics in books either and I skip them unless they are extremely important to the plot, so needless to say I glanced at them but didn’t pay tremendous amounts of attention to them. They are good lyrics but I just don’t enjoy trying to make music for something I’ve just read, I find it hard.

I do recommend this book to others. It has a moment were sex occurs but it is done very tastefully and there is no detail involved, so there should still be somewhat of an age limit to this book i suppose I’d say 16+. If you enjoy the paranormal genre and werewolves I think you’ll enjoy this a lot, it’s a nice idea and it’s worth reading. I’m looking forward to trying to find and read Linger.

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3 Responses to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Thomas says:

    Great review! Shiver is one of my favorite books, and while Grace’s parents were iffy, Stiefvater’s beautiful writing made up for them.

  2. Anne says:

    I enjoy Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle books a lot more- have you reviewed any of those? Curious what you’d think.

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