Monday, October 12, 2009

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Recommended for: YA, Twilight & cutesy romance fans

Teaser quote:
But he was always there. Watching me watching him. Never any closer to me, but never any further way, either.
And so it was an unbroken pattern for six years: the wolves' haunting presence in the winter and their even more haunting absence in the summer. I didn't think about the timing. I thought they were wolves. Only wolves.
(pg 7, ISBN 978-0-545-12326-6)

My rating: 4.5/5

My thoughts:

Grace was only eleven when she was taken from her backyard by a pack of wolves. As she lay there, not sure what was happening, she noticed a wolf with a set of yellow eyes in the background. Rescued by 'her wolf', her fascination with wolves begins. Six years go by and one day Grace finds a boy, with those yellow eyes at her door. Sam is a boy in the summer & wolf in the winter but time is running out and soon he will just be a wolf. This is a heartbreaking story of the struggle to overcome anything for love.

I must admit, I wanted to shake Sam sometimes. It was frustrating, time was of the essence but he wanted to do things 'the right way'. I mean, come on, they've been stalking each other for years, don't they want to know EVERYTHING about each other before it's too late??

Each chapter is written in alternating point of views as either Sam or Grace. It took a few chapters to get into the groove but it works to emphasize their struggles in their different worlds. Stiefvater's take on werewolves (maybe shape shifter is more appropriate?) was unique and I am interested in where she will go with the trilogy.

It looks like we will be seeing Grace & Sam on the big screen soon! Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Unique Features has acquired screen rights :)


  1. I'd better read this book before the movie comes out! ***Nerf***

  2. I've literally just finished reading this. I think this book is so adorable.

  3. Eleni & Becky ~ so cute, I can't wait for the next one!

    Amanda ~ YES, it's a must read :)

  4. I've heard some really good things about this one. :)

  5. And yet another book has been added to my TBR list. :)

  6. I have to wait for this one. I've been wanting to read this since I've heard about it on other people's book blogs. Argh. I can't wait to get it.

  7. I guess I'll have to put this one on the TBR/ "to borrow" list, lol.

  8. Can't say I loved this book but I did like it very much. I also had a bit of trouble at first with the alternating points of view but it ended up working for me. Nice review!

  9. I got this one! I can't wait 2 read it. Everyone has been saying its AWESOME! i loved Lament 2

  10. It's really cute & glad my high expectations didn't ruin it.

    Alyssa ~ It was a bit slower then I expected BUT I can't wait for book much was left open!