Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

ShiverTitle: Shiver
Author: Magive Stiefvater
ISBN: 9780545123266
Pages: 400
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

Grace has a special connection to the wolves that live in the woods outside her house.  When she was a child, she was attacked by them and dragged into the woods, but one wolf in particular saved her, a wolf with yellow eyes.  Ever since then, she’s been mildly obsessed with the wolves, especially with that one particular wolf.  When a classmate of Grace’s is killed by the wolves, the people in the town start turning against them.  But Grace begins to realize that the wolves hold a dangerous secret, one that only she knows.

Review:

I’ve been going back and forth on whether to read Shiver.  I heard a lot of great things about it, so I picked it up with the intention of reading it quickly.  But then I started to hear some stranger things about it – namely, that the main character fell in love with the wolf before she realized he was actually a werewolf.  That definitely put me off the book.  But then Shiver made a lot of the Best of 2009 lists, so I decided I wanted to go ahead and give it a try to see what all the fuss was about.

I liked Shiver.  I thought it was creative and engaging, though I didn’t love it.  It took me a very long time to get into.  However, I didn’t find the premise of Grace being obsessed with the yellow-eyed wolf before she realizes he’s also a boy strange because of her connection to the wolves.  It’s explained more in the book, but she really doesn’t fall in love or lust with a wolf.

I appreciated that Maggie Stiefvater chose to tell the story from both Maggie and Sam’s (the werewolf boy) points of view.  It gives the reader a lot of insight into Sam’s world and helps the reader understand his choices and decisions. 

However, I also had some problems with Shiver.  First, Grace’s parents are pretty ridiculously absent.  They’re present in the book, but they don’t really notice what’s going on.  Stiefvater explains that by saying they’re in their own world, but it was on a level that was hard to excuse.  Also, Sam and Grace move incredibly fast in their relationship.  I understand they have had a connection for years, but it was still a little surprising.  Finally, the character of Shelby seemed to be a dropped plotline – there was a lot of potential for a story there, but Stiefvater didn’t really pursue it.

Despite these flaws, I’m glad I read Shiver.  It was nice to see what all the hype was about, even if I didn’t quite agree with it.  If you’re really interested in paranormal YA, this is probably a good book for you to pick up.

Comments

  1. I’m still on the fence, but then again, I’m picky when it comes to paranormal books. But it really does sound interesting, which is why I haven’t put it out of my mind entirely. Thanks for the honest review.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. I’m still on the fence, but then again, I’m picky when it comes to paranormal books. But it really does sound interesting, which is why I haven’t put it out of my mind entirely. Thanks for the honest review.

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  3. Sometimes I struggle with books which area first in the series. It’s hard to distinguish whether the plot lines are dropped and information scarce because they are going to be further expanded in the next book.

    I liked this more than I thought I would mainly because of wolf mythology that was developed and explored, and I am curious to see which topics she explores in the next book, but it’s nothing urgent for me.

  4. Sometimes I struggle with books which area first in the series. It’s hard to distinguish whether the plot lines are dropped and information scarce because they are going to be further expanded in the next book.

    I liked this more than I thought I would mainly because of wolf mythology that was developed and explored, and I am curious to see which topics she explores in the next book, but it’s nothing urgent for me.

  5. I’m still not sure if this is for me or not. The paranormal stuff just hasn’t grabbed me yet.

  6. I’m still not sure if this is for me or not. The paranormal stuff just hasn’t grabbed me yet.

  7. I’m thinking Shelby is going to show up in the follow-up Linger and play a larger role. I too liked this book more than I anticipated – I think we both heard the same things about it and had the same reservations. But in the end I really liked it alot.

    I found the parental absence to be a bit extreme as well but in the end that didn’t completely ruin the book for me.

  8. I’m thinking Shelby is going to show up in the follow-up Linger and play a larger role. I too liked this book more than I anticipated – I think we both heard the same things about it and had the same reservations. But in the end I really liked it alot.

    I found the parental absence to be a bit extreme as well but in the end that didn’t completely ruin the book for me.

  9. I am really having a hard time finishing this book. I find myself rolling my eyes on almost every page, and neither of the characters has grabbed me yet (I’m about 150 pages in). I’ve seen it on so many best of the year lists and heard a lot of raves, I keep wanting to finish it, but I may have to let it go.

  10. I am really having a hard time finishing this book. I find myself rolling my eyes on almost every page, and neither of the characters has grabbed me yet (I’m about 150 pages in). I’ve seen it on so many best of the year lists and heard a lot of raves, I keep wanting to finish it, but I may have to let it go.

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  13. I did like that the issue with Grace’s parents was not only brought up, but it was a problem to Grace. She would have liked more overbearing parents, she was frustrated and sad by her parents ridiculous selfishness. Some YA books just forget that teenagers have parents all together.

  14. I did like that the issue with Grace’s parents was not only brought up, but it was a problem to Grace. She would have liked more overbearing parents, she was frustrated and sad by her parents ridiculous selfishness. Some YA books just forget that teenagers have parents all together.

  15. I am yet to read this though I look at the book in the library every week and struggle to decide if I want to read it or no.

    Nice review and thanks to u I might finally give this a try

  16. I am yet to read this though I look at the book in the library every week and struggle to decide if I want to read it or no.

    Nice review and thanks to u I might finally give this a try

  17. I didn’t take it as her falling in love with a wolf either, the love/lust didn’t come in until after he turned human.

    I agree with the Shelby thing, although I do think Michelle may be right about her showing up in Linger.

  18. I didn’t take it as her falling in love with a wolf either, the love/lust didn’t come in until after he turned human.

    I agree with the Shelby thing, although I do think Michelle may be right about her showing up in Linger.

  19. I’ve been a paranormal fan from before it was cool, so I’m sure I’m going to like this one.

  20. I’ve been a paranormal fan from before it was cool, so I’m sure I’m going to like this one.

  21. Anonymous says:

    One of THE best books i have ever read and now the the secound one is out as well its REALLY got me hooked. the first one was an amazing love story that i thought had a great happy ending that still caught u (well me anyway). But the secound one really got me! i didnt want to stop! i read for pretty much a whole day strait! Anyway in my opinion both r amazing books that (like the thirst series by christopher pike) have all my friends wanting to know what happens next. me included.

  22. Anonymous says:

    One of THE best books i have ever read and now the the secound one is out as well its REALLY got me hooked. the first one was an amazing love story that i thought had a great happy ending that still caught u (well me anyway). But the secound one really got me! i didnt want to stop! i read for pretty much a whole day strait! Anyway in my opinion both r amazing books that (like the thirst series by christopher pike) have all my friends wanting to know what happens next. me included.

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