Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review: Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: (From Maggie's site)
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.
I loved that the story is told from both Sam's & Grace's perspective. At first I didn't understand why every chapter had a temperature. Once I figured out why, it became something I really liked. I thought the characters were very well written. I love how none of the characters are perfect, they all have flaws & histories, insecurities. All of the characters actions are motivated by love for someone or something. Some of the characters weren’t given choices, others had difficult decisions to make, and everyone had to give something up. This is one of a few books that has ever made me cry.

I loved it, & can't wait for Linger to be out!


Kristen said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this book and you should definitely check out her faerie series if you haven't already - first book is called Lament.

Myra said...

ME EITHER!!! Let's stalk bookstores. Lament is amazing, so is Ballad. Any Maggie is good Maggie!

Melissa said...

I really liked this book, too! Great review :)

Catie S (Book Bound) said...

Kristen - Thanks for your help! I have both Lament & Ballad waiting for me on my shelf.

Myra - I would love to stalk bookstores with you!

Melissa - Thanks!

Tiger Holland said...

I think what you said about the characters having individually detailed histories was one of my fav parts, too. These MC's didn't just spring up out of nowhere--it took lots of time and decisions to bring them where they are.

Book Addict Girl said...

GLEEE, I LOVE SHIVER!!! I would totally have Sam's cubs :D

Book Crazy Jenn said...

SHIVER! LOVED - your review is awesome...I cant wait for Linger - it cant come soon enough for me! :)