Friday, April 29, 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released first on: January 1st, 2009
Pages: 390 (Paperback)

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Rating: 4.5 / 5

What I thought about it:
I already fell in love with Maggie's writing when I read her debut novel Lament. It's very unique - different from most other YA novels that I've read so far and that's probably the reason why I like it so much. I'm pretty sure that there are people out there who cannot identify with her style of writing because of the same reasons why I love it so much. It's very beautiful, a little bit poetic and while it takes some time getting used to it, I definitely missed it once I had started to read another book. Now I can't wait for my copy of Linger - the sequel - to arrive at home, so I can read more.

It was hard for me to put Shiver down, although thanks to university I had to. I loved the incorporation of lyrics and poetry (even German poetry by Rilke - yay!) and it just added to the great style of writing.
The story is told from both, Sam's and Grace's point of view and knowing what both of them feel somehow made it more interesting - especially since you could understand their behaviour better than if the story had just been told from one POV. Both of them are very likeable and relatable characters which made reading their thoughts a very nice experience.

But what left me breathless the most was the ending. The last few pages were my favorite part of the novel, even though there was a lot of sadness involved. But with this, Maggie Stiefvater's writing also was at its best and I tried to enjoy every single sentence.
All in all, it was a very beautiful ending and to be honest, it would have been enough. For me there was no sequel required, but of course I'm very happy that we can read more about Sam and Grace.

So, if you haven't read Shiver yet and you're looking for a very lovely (werewolf) book, you should definitely give this a chance!

The second novel of the series
was released on July 13th, 2010 by Scholastic Press.

The third novel of the series
will be released on July 12th, 2011 by Scholastic Press.

Have you read Shiver / the The Wolves of Mercy Falls series? What did you think about it?


  1. Hey, this is on my list, thanks to this review I'm pushing it straight to the top.
    ps, I came here via the blog hop... :)

  2. I haven't read a well written book in a while. I mean, literally I've been reading little paperback summer books which are entertaining but 3/4 of the way through you just want it to end, or you already know how it's ending so you're bored. With Shiver though, I was so pleased, so happy when I read it.


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