Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

December 13, 2010 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by: Scholastic Press on August 1, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 390
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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.

Also in this series: Linger
Also by this author: Linger

Since I’m a sucker for reading most books from the New York Times Bestsellers list, I decided to give this book a try. Although it definitely had its high points, and the love story was sweet and sincere, I didn’t really care for the book so much. I often got distracted and felt like it was dragging on, the only thing keeping me interested was the moments that Grace and Sam, the main characters, interacted. I wasn’t really interested in the whole wolf story and those moments in the beginning where the author didn’t really dive into their relationship was quite boring to me and I often found my mind drifting off somewhere else, even while I was reading.

What did strike me was the middle-end of the book, when Grace and Sam had their tender and loving moments, you could really sense the love they had for one another. It was really sad and suspenseful though, with the whole “when will he change into a wolf?” thing looming over your head the whole time they’re together, but I did enjoy how it ended. Maggie Stiefvater definitely leaves you wondering if everything’s okay and if their love will indeed conquer all in the end. The humor and action was kept alive through all of Grace’s and Sam’s friends though so it was good that their stories were brought into play as the book went on, because it felt very boring and slow to me at the beginning of the book.

I definitely enjoyed the ending though, not to say it was a happy ending, it was quite sad, but leaves you wanting more, which is why I’ll be getting “Linger” once I get the chance. The author was good at making you want to know how Grace and Sam turn out and if they can overcome the wolf dilemma. I’d say it was a decent read, not a page-turner for me, but something to enjoy.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Jessi

    I agree comepletely…though I haven't rushed out to get Linger yet. I have a few other books in line before it.

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