Monday, August 2, 2010

Review of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
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.

When I first heard about Shiver, I was reluctant to give it a chance. Aside from the Twilight saga, I haven’t read many books where werewolves are prominently featured, and I think I was dubious about that aspect of the story. However, once I started reading reviews saying that Sam was the sensitive type, I knew I had to pick this book up. I finally decided to read it when Linger came out, and I enjoyed every page. Shiver has quickly become one of my new favorite books.

I liked that Stiefvater did a non-traditional take on the werewolves and explained it well. It felt fitting with the setting, but the way she explained the timing of the change made sense. The plot was clearly well though out, and I enjoyed learning about the other members of Sam’s pack, instead of them just being mysterious figures in the background.

I ultimately grew to love Shiver because I grew attached to Grace and Sam and loved watching the romance romance between them. While I liked both characters, I have to admit that I found Sam particularly endearing. I liked that Grace was an environmentalist, and that she was more careful than to read things as how they seemed. Yet I loved Sam because of his connection to poetry and lyricism, as well as to his own emotions. I still think he had his sharp, witty moments and I did a mental fist pump when he mentioned his to-be-read pile. Of course, these characters wouldn’t be who they are without Stiefvater’s beautiful, poetic prose. I could envision the snow and feel the bite of the cold even as I sat reading this book in ninety degree heat and extreme humidity. Woven together, these elements had me unable to put Shiver down and tears in my eyes during the last eighty pages.

Perhaps my favorite part of this book was the ending. While it wasn’t what I expected, I thought it was perfect and beautifully done, leaving me wanting to know where Stiefvater will take us next. Thankfully I have Linger right on hand, and I’ll be diving in as soon as I type the final character of this review.

Shiver is a book which I can't believe I waited so long to read and am eager to pass on to other readers. This story surprised me in being far more moving than I anticipated. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend that you give it a chance.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

5 comments:

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  2. Linked to the wrong place lol:
    I awarded you the versatile Blogger award: http://loonyreads.blogspot.com/2010/08/awards.html

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  3. Glad you gave this a chance-I found it so beautifully written. Hope you can read Linger soon!

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  4. Gorgeous review. I STILL need to read this one.

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  5. You know, I've heard that a lot....about the draw of Grace and Sam both character wise and relationship. I myself have not read this much talked about series, but am seriously considering the addition of it to my ever growing wish list. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

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