Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


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.


I know there are a lot of mixed reviews on this book, but to me it is a 5 star book. I like the author's take on werewolves. It's a little bit different - no full moons or anything like that. The cold weather is what makes them shift. The book doesn't have a lot of action - it's just centered around the love story of Grace and Sam. That's what I think is perfect - it's full of romance. Sam and Grace's relationship is really sweet. In an odd way, they have loved each other most of their lives without really even knowing each other. They also both grew up with parents who didn't seem to care about them, and I think they really needed each other. Though it might have been too descriptive in parts, I really liked the writing style. I also liked how the chapters went back and forth from Sam's point of view to Grace's. It's nice to know what each one is thinking and feeling. I'd have to say that this book really brought out my emotions. I'll have to honestly say, that I don't like feeling emotions. I refuse to watch movies or read books that I know are sad. I have depression, and I have a really hard time coming back up after feeling down - which probably doesn't make any sense. But anyway, the book had sort of a sad feel to it all the way through. There was one part in particular that I thought was really sad, but I won't go into details because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I can't explain exactly why I love this book. I just do. It's just an amazing love story and I can't wait to read the second book in this series.


  1. i loved shiver and its good to see you did too :) i agree; everything about this book was romantic (and i enjoyed it very much)! i havent had time to pick up linger, but i cant wait to see what you think...


  2. I haven't read this series but it sounds pretty good. Great review!

  3. I read Shiver and loved it, it made me cry :( I havent read Linger yet but it is on my TBR list.

  4. I really liked this book too. I can't wait to read Linger.

  5. I loved this book too. I also loved the writing style. It was so beautiful - much better than most YA authors. I also loved her use of poetry.

  6. Great review! I've loved this series so far. Can't wait to read Forever this summer.

  7. I loved this book too. And your right, there is just a sad haunting quality to it. I called the book melancholy, but in a good way. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Brilliant review! I can't wait to read this book - it's been on my TBR list forever.
    Glad you enjoyed it, and I can't wait to finally read it!