Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

December 28, 2014 Book 4 ★★★★★

Review: Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterShiver Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 1st, 2008
Source: Own
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From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT.

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.

There always comes a time for a reader when you finish a book, and ask yourself the million dollar question of the millennium: WHY DIDN’T I READ THIS BOOK EARLIER IN MY LIFE?! I’ve had it in my Amazon wish list for a while and until a few weeks ago I saw it at a bookstore and though “meh, why not. Sounds good.”

Maggie Stiefvater has a way of arranging the words of a sentence in a way that sounds poetic, ensnaring you with its beautiful prose that will not let you put down the book. I loved the details she gave in the story, specially how it seemed that she focused the most on things about the forest and the senses. It was all very vivid. The story is told from two points of view, by Sam and Grace, and it was very easy to distinguish between the two. I loved particularly loved how these two interacted with each other, how I would sigh nonstop with the romantic moments and chuckle or laugh out loud with the funny ones. In these very prominent moments I would shove the book in my friend’s faces for them to read ONLY that. They agreed with me that it was swoon worthy and would totally let me fangirl in front of the teachers.

One thing that bothered me were some of the characters. While I loved Grace with her simplistic and independent qualities, Sam with his smart and sweet demeanor, and even Isabel with her popular girl attitude and misunderstood vibe, the rest of the cast was a bit frustrating. Let me start with the total absence of parents and parental supervision. I don’t how parents are in the USA, but I can’t even go walking to the Walgreens next to my house. I can’t go wandering in the forest that’s on the other side of my house. I can’t even go to the basketball court that’s at least five houses away, and my parents aren’t that overprotective, just cautious because there are a few human dangers around. Now in this book, Grace’s parents are next to nonexistent. They appeared when you were on the brink of forgetting they even existed or to cause problems to the plot. The rest of the times they were around God knows where just to focus even more on just how independent Grace is. The other thing that bothered me was that Grace had basically forgotten about her friends while she spent time with Sam. I understand wanting to spend time with him because BOO HOO impending doom. But the least you could do is send a text message or call your friends to tell them not to worry about you and that you’re fine. They are, after all, your best friends.

Other than those things above, I really liked the book to pieces. The plot was a bit predictable at times, and at others it had those twists that would let your mouth hanging. And tears. Maggie had wanted to make a book that would make people cry, anyway, and she made it. I cried. And cried. More than The Fault In Our Stars (I cry with everything except with TFIOS lol).

I was left with a hole in my chest with that ending that left me baffled and wanting to buy the next book and every other Maggie Stiefvater book ever made. It was a sweet, funny, and sentimental book with its own unique twist if the all well know werewolves. And angst. This book was a work of art to get me back into reading like I used to read before blogging. No scrutinizing involved, just simple and enjoyable reading. Maggie has won another fan of her marvelous storytelling abilities

Rating: 5 stars

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • Lola R

    Parents that are abscent are one of the things that bother me in some YA books, as it just isn’t realistic. I like werewolf books so maybe I shall give this one a try. Although I am not sure if the poetic writing style would be for me.

    • jmmbookworm

      Whenever I read YA books with absent parents I just roll my eyes because it seems like a way of making the plot easier, rather than put more difficulties, realistic ones, into the character’s life. And regarding the poetic style, maybe you’ll get to like it. I mean, I don’t like poetry unless it’s a kids one because I suck at all the literary figures I have to interpret in order to get the poem, and yet I loved this book because of the feeling it brought when I read the book. I hope you like it if you give it a try <3 And thanks for reading and commenting!

  • I thought Shiver was really amazing and it really stood out because of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. The disappearing parent syndrome is prevalent in YA but I’m glad recent books seem to try and address it. I loved your review as you described each of the characters as well, Sam and Grace did get really absorbed with each other. Great review Jennifer!

    • jmmbookworm

      This was my first Maggie Stiefvater book and I fell for her style, and I can’t wait to read the rest of her books, specially The Scorpio Races <3 And thank you tons!