Monday, July 20, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

In stores August 1, 2009.

On the flap:
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.

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 6/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 9/10
Setting: 8/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 62/ 70
Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Occasionally
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Not at all
Sexual Content: Yes, but not graphic
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Mention of abuse, wolf-attack scenes

Maggie Stiefvater has woven an intricate and heart-felt novel that is sure to capture the heart of her readers. It is yet another take on werewolves, but very original and definitely 100% enjoyable. (And I think this is my favorite book cover of all time. Not only is it eye-catching, but it symbolizes the story in innumerable ways.) Though this book is a typical paranormal romance (which seem to be very popular right now), it is like a guilty pleasure: impossible to stop reading.

It is a love story, but one burdened by a terrible fear, and a terrible sadness. The parallel stories of Sam and Grace are beautifully written and amazing to read. The two characters differ greatly, but are still connected. The character development is spectacular. The story is written switching off from Sam's to Grace's point of view. The voice is lyrical and adult-like, but the characters are still very much high-schoolers, portrayed through their actions and words. This makes it a lovely and believable read.

Another amazing aspect of the novel is Maggie Stiefvater's use of figurative language. The placement and meaning of the similes, metaphors, and symbolism were perfect. They were not that of which you had to sit for a minute, trying to place two and two together. As soon as the sentence is read, you understand the subject in a deeper way. It was ingenious!

My only complaint is that the first time Grace and Sam meet, it seems much too casual for the situation they were in at the time. I was easily able to bypass this, though, and it didn't take away from the story. Oh! I thought of another complaint. Haha. I thought it a bit unrealistic that Sam could conjure up absolutely perfect (rhyming and all) song lyrics in a matter of seconds. Maybe people with a musician's mind can really do this... but it wasn't very believable to me personally.

The simple truth is that Shiver is a captivating read that will leave you entranced long after you have closed the book.

Here is the trailer made by the author, Maggie Stiefvater. Like the cover, it is totally symbolic and simply wonderful! Enjoy. :)


  1. I'm torn about this book. I'm not a werewolf or fantasy type person except in very specific instances. The premise of the book doesn't appeal to me at all. However, I've seen so many good reviews, it makes me wonder if I ought to have grabbed a free copy from the piles they were handing out at ALA. I skipped it though. I'm still not convinced I should read it, but each review that comes up, I wonder.

  2. First off, excellent review! This book sounds better than I thought, and I was already looking forward to reading it!
    Secondly, how did you get it so early?! I have no idea how to get ARCs (assuming that's how you came about this book before its release date), and I would love to review books prior to their release.
    Thirdly, when are y'all gonna announce the winner of the HP contest?
    And lastly, PILES OF FREE BOOKS! *jaw hits floor* How do you get into ALA?!?!?!?!

  3. This book looks ah-mazing! I love supernatural romances and enjoyed the author's debut, Lament, and am dying to get my hands on Shiver. Great review!

  4. I am not a big wolf fan myself, but might give this one a try.

    Taschima Cullen

  5. I've been wanting to read this one for a while (who hasnt?!).



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