Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
Publisher: Scholastic Press.
Pages: 400.
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 did an amazing job with this story. The plot was simple, but she wrote it so beautifully and attracting. I was hooked, line and sinker, just after the first chapter. Though I was excited about this book, I was worried that it might have that Twilight-esque feel to it, but any pre-conceived notion about that was thrown right out the window.

Grace and Sam are portrayed as regular, all-around normal teenagers. There’s no strong personality traits getting in the way of their relationship, and there’s no complicated angst to keep them separated. They work through the story with their hearts in tact, and with no cliché teenage problems, which made me extremely happy.

Another thing I enjoyed were the lack of characters. Most of the time, I find that a flaw in stories, but with a story like this- it’s good to keep things leveled. Maggie introduced just a few key characters, who will more than likely play key roles in the future books of the series. Each character was different, defined and contributed amazingly to the plot.

I laughed (Sam is extremely cute), cried, smiled, yelled, and went through the whole chain of emotions with this one. It’s a love story without all the cheesy fluffing. All in all, this is right up there on my list of favorite books of all time. It’s that good.

So my suggestion, if you haven’t read it yet- drop everything and find a way to get your hands on a copy. Everything about it, right down to the beautiful shiny cover, is incredible!

8 comments:

  1. I can't wait til I can actually afford this book. I don't have the money right now and our library is jacked and doesn't have it. Your review makes me want to read it even more!

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  2. I read it and fell for it. Thank you for suggesting me this book because this was seriously one of the best books I have ever read.

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  3. I love these books and i cant wait for forever to come out i want it to be a happy ending

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  4. As you can expect, Shiver is definitely a romance, but it's also anxious and nerve-wracking, because you know their time is limited, and there are all these other problems like killer wolves on the rampage and people finding out about the werewolves and etc. etc. Steifvater creates a great atmosphere for the story and everything is illuminated very vividly.
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  5. Shiver is a perfectly executed book, and I continue to be impressed with Maggie Stiefvater's writing.

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