Sunday, August 14, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: SHIVER


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.
- From Goodreads
Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 390
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

I’ve never been a huge fan of werewolves. I don’t mind reading about them, but they aren’t exactly my favorite species. Maggie Stiefvater on the other hand proved me wrong. After reading Shiver I finally understand why this series is so loved in the book blogging community.

What I really liked about Shiver was that I got to follow Grace and Sam’s lives through both perspectives. It made it easier for me to understand what they were going through and bond with them a lot more than I would have if I only followed Grace. Each chapter is named after one of the characters so that the readers easily know which perspective they are following. Even though the chapters are short and changes back and forth between Sam and Grace a lot, I never got confused. I also really liked Stiefvater’s werewolves. I found it very interesting how the weather and temperature affects their bodies and that eventually they won’t be able to change back into human form again. It obviously adds some problems to the story, especially for Grace and Sam.

I felt all the characters were very well written and enjoyable, each with their own type of personalities that fitted perfectly into the story. Both Grace and Sam had to confront some personal issues, and when they did, it was handled very realistically. I liked that Grace didn’t live in a big, happy family where everything is rainbows and unicorns made out of chocolate. I know for a fact that some children unfortunately grow up with hardly any attention from their parents and how tough that can be.

Now… I have to make a confession. I can’t keep it inside me anymore. It’s too painful not to say it out loud. Okay, here it goes: Maggie Stiefvater. I love… your writing! There, I said it out loud! Yes, that was my big confession (What, did you expect something else? Something like “I love you, Maggie Stiefvater”? Wow, that would be… umh… creepy *nervous laughter* Because… I don’t… I’m not a creepy stalker… maybe). Anyway! I really do love her writing. Several times throughout the book I had to sit back and smile because of the beauty my eyes had just read. At times it almost felt like magic too!

If you enjoy paranormal romance and want a little twist to the typical werewolf plot, then Shiver will be absolutely perfect for you!


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4 comments:

  1. You? Not a creepy stalker? Bwahahaha! ;D

    Great review! I loved it, too! <3

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  2. I've never been a huge fan of werewolves, either. I'm pretty indifferent to them but I have read a few werewolf books as there have been several popping up all over the place. So far I've read the first two books in this trilogy and I have the final installment waiting for me. Maggie really does envelope you in the world of Shiver. Great review!

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  3. Oh I love Maggie's writing too!
    I just finished The Scorpio Races and it only gets better!

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  4. Patricia: BUSTED! :O

    Keri: Thanks! :) Glad to hear I'm not alone about Maggie's werewolves.

    BooksforCompany: Really? That's fantastic! I wonder what she'll write next...

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