Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review

Monday, June 7, 2010 |
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.

Maggie Stiefvater is a fantastic writer. Jaw-droppingly poetic, beautiful prose. She has the ability to create the most crisp images, the most heartfelt emotions. It was truly difficult to stop reading; her words melt so easily in your mind that you're not sure where the story starts and your imagination begins. Gorgeous, gorgeous prose.

Sam and Grace were so easy to root for. Both were very likeable, well-developed characters; you couldn't help but get wrapped up in their story. And Shiver is a wonderful romance, no doubt. However, don't expect a deep poignance or earth-shattering message when the book wraps up. Shiver is, most simply, a love story. At times I found myself a little weary of how Sam and Grace became the center of the other's lives; all the two could think about was their other half. It bothered me that because they had found each other, nothing else was important. Yes, Grace went to shool almost every day and finished all of her homework, but its importance was lost once Sam entered the picture. College? A future? Not mentioned. This was the only bit that made me cringe a bit. Once a boy (or the boy, in this case) enters the picture, everything else goes on the backburner. Okay, rant finished. ;)

Rating: 8.5/10


emily said...

I have GOT to read that book!!

Sara said...

Lovely review! I wasn't too sure about this one, but I think I'll like it. It's sitting on my bookshelf, so I'm excited to read it. Btw I LOVE the new layout (:

Brent Taylor said...

Great review!

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Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great reivew! I love Maggie Steifvater's writing too, though I guess I sort of overlooked the impact of Sam on her life... *sigh* Good point, though, lol, I think I'll just be in self-denial! :)

Alexia561 said...

Great review! I love it when an author writes so beautifully that it just draws you in! I've been on the fence about reading this one, but think I may have to finally pick it up. Have a great weekend!

Blueicegal ♥ said...

i am a fan of her work but i didn't like shiver at all great review :)

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