Shiver~ Book Review
by Maggie Stiefvater
read September 2009
ISBN 13~ 978-0-54-512326-6
400 pages (per google…I read an ARC copy)
Genre(s)~ Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Horror/Supernatural
Publisher~ Scholastic Press
Rating (I’m trying stars again!!)~
From the inside cover per Amazon:
Grace ahs spent years watching the wolves behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf –her wolf– watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
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.
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 in if means facing the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
And from the back cover:
And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me–nothing anywhere but Grace and me– she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands.
I was hooked from the first, very short chapter. I just wanted to read more and more. Unfortunately life got in the way and I had to set it aside a few times to do dishes, make dinner, love my kids. Ugh! The nerve! 🙂 If I had my way I would have read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Sam is in love with Grace. Grace is a human girl but Sam, however, is only human part of the time, the other part he is a wolf. He knows Grace in both of his forms, but is too afraid to talk to her in his human form. The words are so beautifully placed together, it flowed fantastically. The characters seemed to realistic, despite one of them being a werewolf…and yes, I am aware how odd that statement sounds!
I loved the romanticism of the love between them that was unspoken for so many years. Also the idea that they are on borrowed time. Sam knows he will only be human this last time. Then what will the future hold? I also loved that the romance wasn’t all hot and heavy. The love they shared was expressed in the brush of lips across a forehead, the soft touch of fingers across a cheek, a soft embrace. Loved it!
I read a lot of reviews on this book and everyone I read highly recommended it. I am going to do the same. I was totally impressed with the writing, the story, and the style of writing. I loved the switch of POV between Sam and Grace in varying chapters. I did not like the switch of POV in Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers. I think it wouldn’t have been bad if Bella and other characters switched POV from the beginning, as in this book, but the Twilight Saga, the first three books and 1/2 of the 4th are told from Bella’s POV and then switches to Jacob. I literally said, “What the heck?!?” when I read it. Okay…I’m going off on a tangent!
Read this book! You won’t regret it! I’m excited for the second book, Linger to come out next year!! Here is a link to Maggie Stiefvater’s website for more information.
Thank you to Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century for having the wonderful contest that won me this book!