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Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1, 2010)
Purchased from National Bookstore
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.
Shiver is my first Maggie Stiefvater book. This is the story of a wolf named Sam and a girl named Grace. As a child, Sam saved Grace from being devoured by other wolves and since then, they both made a connection.
What I love about this book...
- The story is from two alternating point of views (POV): Sam and Grace. I had difficulty with first-person novels because you can only know and feel the narrator’s thoughts and emotions. With this book, you can have the POV of both the lead characters. There is a flawless transition between the two narrations, both have distinctive voices and characteristic and the reader would easily know who’s turn it is to talk.
- She didn’t try to sugarcoat wolf stories with silver bullets and full moon. Instead, she approached it with a different kind of myth slash science fiction – which I find unique. Sam and the rest of his pack “shift” into wolves with the change in temperature. I love the fact that the temperature was place in each chapter of the book. It was a nice touch.
- The words: poetry and its elaborate description, I have never read a book that gave me a vivid view of a certain place. My favorite part was her describing the scent inside the candy shop which made me drool (ALMOST!)
- The romance, it wasn’t cheesy, it was subtle and it was sweet. I like the way that they can somehow finish each other’s sentences and they don’t need words to convey how they feel. I also like the fact that they both share a room, but all they do is sleep. Pretty wholesome...
- Characters: I love Grace’s strength, Beck’s father-like figure to Sam, Ulrick’s being a literature teacher and Sam’s determination to stay with Grace. Last but not the least my favorite character, Isabella – I love her sarcasm, humor and wit, she made me laugh in this tension-filled book.
I hate it because...
- Oh com’on! Absentee parents? Grace may be the strongest person I know, but even strong people need guidance and support of their parents. She was left in the car and was almost roasted – the father wasn’t even questioned by social services. I wonder why in the world her parents are that way? They behave that Grace is their roommate rather than their child.
- The binding of the book! I never had a more lousy binding trade paperback than this series!!!! I never had spine creases on my new books – but with this, I couldn’t helped it even if I was careful not to… (doesn’t have anything to do with the story, I know!!!). I wished I could’ve bought the hard bound copies instead.
To end, I would recommend Shiver to my friends. It is much nicer than Twilight. I couldn’t put it down, good thing I have the second book. I couldn’t wait to know what is going to happen to the characters in the next book Linger.
“Books are more real when you read them outside.”
“Right in this moment, I can´t even remember what unhappy feels like.”