Thursday, November 4, 2010

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Novel: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Pages: 392
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy


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 will not be posting any spoilers! Only opinion for the sake of those of us who love to have our first look at a book be untainted by foreknowledge.)

I will admit, at first I hesitated. I was guarded and wasn't honestly sure I wanted to like Shiver. Then as the pages continued to turn, my hesitation started to disappear and I was immersed. Now I want Linger! I loved Shiver! There are many books that have werewolves or involve wolves but this has to be my favorite. I enjoyed the switch in perspective, I think it added a lot to the story. Both characters were level headed and very human, easy to relate to and understand making the story more real, almost making you wish it were real. You can practically feel the chilled winds and smell the pine and forest scents. Definitely a novel I would suggest to anyone!


5 Stars!


Would I suggest you read it:

One of my favorite books this year and a must read for all werewolf and wolf lovers!


P.S.- Really looking forward to Linger!


  1. I've heard great things about this book - thanks for the review!

  2. Shiver was SO good. I am just amazed that I haven't read Linger yet, I really need to. :)

  3. I've heard so much about this one, but have been hesitating, too, Don't know what's stopping me. .


  4. Hi Em! I read a lot of good reviews about this series. But, i don't know what is holding me on from reading 'em. Maybe it's because the werewolves thingy?? haha....Yeah, have to admit that, the theme is not my coffee and crackers. Nice and safe review btw...=)

    -CJ @ Coffee N Crackers
    Latest Review: HERE

  5. I wanted to read shiver when I saw the cover, its beautiful. I agree the two person POV really works with this book. I also liked that even though there was a second book coming out, I was satisfied with the ending, but still wanted more. Maggie is an incredible poetic author. Thanks for writing this review and reminding me that I want to read Shiver again!