Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 400
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
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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. Summary from Dust Jacket

I absolutely loved Shiver.  The story was sweet and sensual, exciting and heart-breaking, and happy and sad.  And, even though it seemed kind of slow at first, I was hooked from the beginning because of the characters.  Grace and Sam made the story seem so real.  I loved the cleanliness and innocence of the sensuality of Grace and Sam’s relationship.  I also loved the awkwardness of experiencing first love through them.

My favorite thing about the book was that it changed from Grace’s point-of-view to Sam’s and vice versa.  In fact, now that I’ve read Shiver, I think the change in point-of-view between the two main characters is the one thing Twilight is missing, at least until Stephenie Meyer finishes Midnight Sun.  Getting to experience the world from both the human and wolf perspective was so enlightening and added so much to the story.

Because of Shiver, I want to read more books written by Maggie Stiefvater.  She’s so talented and does a great job of forming the story and pulling you through it.  I definitely recommend this book as a good read, especially if you’re a Twilight fan.  However, even if you aren’t a Twilight fan and you like young adult paranormal romances, I think you’ll like Shiver.

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Comments

  1. Violet says

    Great review, Jenni! In the chat I attended with Maggie last night, she referred to Shiver as the first in a trilogy of books. The second book will be Linger, and the final book will be Forever. I really love her titles! I agree with you that hearing the story from both Sam’s point-of-view & Grace’s point-of-view made Shiver all the more compelling and fulfilling. Apparently, Linger will be told from four different points-of-view rather than just two. So that should be very interesting. Her faerie series also has great titles – Lament, Ballad, & Fugue. It sounds like there will eventually be five books in that series. The second book, Ballad is scheduled to hit bookstores October 1st. Isn’t it awesome to have more fun books to look forward to? YAY! :)

  2. says

    I loved the two person narrative of this book. It was so great and enjoyable to get to hear from both of them since I’m a sucker for what those males are thinking when they’re swooning. Haha.

  3. Rachel says

    I just finished Shiver on Monday and was TOTALLY blown away. I had very low expectations going into it, so maybe that helped, but I thought it was an absolutely delicious book. And I’ve been obsessing about it since. I just read Maggie’s writing blog in it’s entirety over the last three days. She is absolutely hysterical and real and has some excellent advice for writers. I knew we could be friends if we met when I read a post where she said, “having to mop the floor has robbed me of my will to live.” I can’t stop thinking about this book, and I’m so glad she has another one for us to read in October. I am getting obsessive about this. Somebody stop me.

  4. says

    I just read this and I LOVE LOVE LOVED it! I agree with what you said about the two perspectives– it really enhanced the story and helped you identify with the characters. Thanks for the recommendation, Jenni. I never would have read this if it weren’t for your review.

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