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
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 62/ 70
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. :)