Shiver

Shiver

Book rating: 04 Hardback Shiver

By (author) Maggie Stiefvater

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 217mm x 33mm | 513g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0545123267
  • ISBN 13: 9780545123266
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 38,000

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From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT. 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.

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Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

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By Trina Saffioti 29 Dec 2010 4

I read this following the positive reviews and although the book isn't flawless it is still a great read that's both incredibly exciting and sincerely romantic. I am not a fan of the Twilight books and I think Shiver is far superior. The female characters in Shiver are strong and decisive and the story around the character of Sam is cleverly constructed. A brilliant read over the cold winter.

By Shelley Cusbert 02 Sep 2010 5

It's winter here and cold, and curled up beneath a blanket on the lounge was the perfect way to read Shiver. Stiefvater had me hearing the crunch of leaves, feeling the bitter wind and shivering. There is a lyricism in the prose that paints and weaves and builds the story, the relationship between Sam and Grace. It's compelling, tender and poignant.
Not just for teens, but for any romantic fans of the genre. I have to say I'm not usually a big fan of YA but I have read a few stunning examples in this genre lately - and Shiver is one.

By Lydia Presley 26 Aug 2010 3

I wish I could say that this book blew me out of the water. I've heard so much positive hype about the story and, honestly, I love the cover so much I almost purchased my copy instead of waiting for the library copy - I'm glad I didn't now.

I rolled my eyes a few times during the story and I struggled because, in spite of being easy to read, it felt like there was no actual real plot. I mean... was the plot supposed to be just a love story between Grace and Sam? Or was the plot supposed to be curing werewolves as a whole? I felt like I was just meandering through this really sappy love story (the whole composing song lyrics/poetry thing made me really feel my age, except I didn't really go for that sort of thing in a guy as a teenager).

There were a few things I enjoyed - I don't want to make this seem all negative because I know I am in the minority here when it comes to liking this book. I enjoyed the switching back and forth between Grace and Sam. I liked the take on werewolves and the temperatures having a direct affect. I appreciated the role of parents in the book (even though, while active generally speaking, they really sucked. Seriously - never checking in on your daughter when you get home?)

Overall my feeling is .. meh. It was okay. I'll read Linger because I have it checked out and I'm hoping there's more of a story there but otherwise I feel like I did after reading Twilight. That girls will go swoony over poetic Sam and envy Grace and I'll just be left wanting a plot that is a little more than teenage angst with some fantasy thrown in.

By Annie 25 Aug 2010 5

I love this book. From the moment I picked it up in the shop I loved it. Maggie Stiefvater writes so well, and your immediate love of the characters propels you through the story, constantly biting your nails and hoping against hope that things will work out well.

I love how it is written from both characters' point of view, and I think that was the only way to write this, to understand the whole story. The characters are real and interesting, and I loved it every step of the way. It's an original but simple take on the traditional werewolf legend. I'd highly recommend it to everyone.

By Larissa McGrath 26 Jan 2010 5

The first time Grace saw those yellow eyes they belonged to a wolf, a wolf who saved her. The first time Grace was bitten she had thought she would die. Later when Grace saw those yellow eyes they belonged to a boy, a boy who she saved. Later when she was bitten she thought the wolf would die.

For years Grace watched the wolves that lived in the woods surrounding her home, for years the wolves watched her. She thought about them all the time, they were her wolves. Every winter the wolves would be there, a constant companion to the snow. In the summer they were gone. She never thought more about that.

For a while Grace and Sam were living like they had all the time in the world, like a future was possible for them, like the end wasn't coming. For a while they were the happiest they had ever been, but their time together was shadowed, by men and wolves and the constant threat of the cold. It had taken six years for them to finally reach each other, and now they were only a snow fall away from losing each other for ever.

Shiver is a love story told with simple elegance that is heartbreaking, tender and terrifying. The relationship between Grace and Sam is honest and thoughtful, pitched against the dangers of their separate worlds that are about to collide.

A story of werewolves as you have never read before, with no full moons and no silver bullets; just the bite of a wolf and the call of winter. A highly recommended read for teens, fantasy readers and romantics; and anyone who loves a good story.