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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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  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 160 x 204 x 20mm | 318g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0545123275
  • 9780545123273
  • 16,470

About Maggie Stiefvater

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
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461,160 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 34% (155,650)
4 28% (130,609)
3 23% (107,886)
2 10% (44,082)
1 5% (22,933)

Our customer reviews

I fell in love with this book and its characters. I have just finished this book and was almost in tears after finding out i had to wait 2 days for the next one, linger. I am sort of fussy when it comes to my books, but this was very pleasing. I'm not into the whole vampire/ wolf type books but i was surprised at how much i enjoyed reading shiver considering it was based on a whole wolf world. Thia book is great for teens into reading fun, romance, fantasy books with some great twists and surprises thrown into more
by Alcina
If you're into twlight-style romance, this book is for you. I really liked it :)show more
by Kim van der Sluis
After reading and falling in love with The Hunger Games series, I decided to give other young adult fiction books a go. Shiver popped up in "the other people who viewed this bought..." tab, the reviews were good - and so I ordered it. The book was highly disappointing. I don't know whether it was originally written before the Twilight series, or if it was "inspired" by it, but it was just like reading Twilight again, except for Stiefvater's style of writing being better and her characters being more likable. The story was predictable and cheesy. Grace's initial obsession with "her wolf" was rather creepy. There was A LOT of sexual tension between the main characters and it was weird that Sam behaved like a 100 year old man when he was supposed to be an 18-year old boy (at least Twilight's Edward was actually 100, but in this story it was unrealistic that today's teenage boy full of testosterone would act like that). The story was completely one-dimensional. I realise that the main theme of the book was the love story between Grace and Sam, but that was actually it! NOTHING else happened in this book. The ending made absolutely no sense as bits of the story just would not stick together. Perhaps the way that things worked out is explained in Linger, but I won't be reading to find more
by Alina Solomkina
Although I´ve finished this book in less than three (school) days in a row, I haven´t liked it so much as that implies. Maybe I´ve just waited for something that would change my mind. That something hasn´t showed up. This book was a big disappointment for me. It was so full of adjectives, cheesy comparisons, descriptions of someone´s eyes and expressions of affection - less is more (so much more in this case) - it made me want to skip whole paragraphs. I´m also super sensitive about repeating words - if I read phrase "my wolf" once again I will throw (whichever) book out of the window. Plot holes and inconsistencies! Everywhere! I don´t know which one of them bothered me the most. Maybe Grace´s relationship with her parents. Not only that they weren´t able to do anything right as parents, they had no problem with living at the edge of the wood although a boy was killed by a wolf recently and their own daughter was attacked by a pack of wolves and dragged to the wood few years ago? The author in her interview said that she wanted to write books because she wanted to make people cry. I guess that she has reached her goal, the whole thing about star-crossed lovers couldn´t have been sadder, more emotional. But you can´t just "write emotions" and build the whole world around so carelessly with so much plot holes, it´s all just going to crumble onto one pile, the emotions will seem shallow and artificial. I haven´t been so torn about rating a book in a long time, I have mixed feelings, there were 1â??moments as well as 5â??. At the end 2â?? are more than generous of me I think, good book shouldn´t make me feel so more
by Pavli
Also reviewed on my blog, the Vintage Bookworm. ( This is my second time reading Shiver. My first time reading it was in early 2010, I fell in love with it then and I think I possibly love it just a little bit more reading it the second time. This book is just....beautiful. The writing flows together almost lyrically and add in Sam's bit of poetry it fits together so well. The whole novel is told in alternating perspectives, between Grace and Sam. Sometimes I hate when books have that, but not with Grace and Sam. I love seeing how everything unfolds in the eyes of both Grace and Sam, their different points of view on everything and how they both feel about each other. This isn't just about werewolves, it's about doing absolutely everything to stay with the person you love. Even giving up your wolf side to become fully human. The love they have for each other, way before they truly ever met each other as human to human is just completely magical and beautiful. The emotions in this book are so strong that you just have to feel them all too. I cried so much in this book that its ridiculous. Even this second time around. All of it just completely makes me utterly speechless. Not only do I love Sam and Grace, but I love all the supporting characters too. Isabel, Rachel, Olivia. Especially Isabel. She has the perfect attitude of sarcasm and angst. If you haven't picked up this series yet, do it now. You won't be sorry! If you're in love with love, and werewolves, you'll be in love with this book. Cover: The cover is gorgeous. Simple, and gorgeous. Also, as a side note, if you haven't noticed Shiver's font is in blue, and not the normal black. And the second book, Linger, is in green ink. Which I think is absolutely cool!show more
by Amanda
Years ago, Grace was attacked by a starving wolf pack, and only survived because one wolf, the one with brilliant yellow eyes, protected her. Ever since then she's watched for "her" wolf each winter, caught in a longing she can't quite explain. Then one fall a boy appears on her porch, injured, with those same yellow eyes. Grace knows he is her wolf. Grace feels more connected to Sam than anyone else in her life, and Sam would do anything for her. But right from the beginning, a shadow looms over their time together. As the weather gets colder, it's harder and harder for Sam to stay human. And he's sure that this time, when he turns into a wolf, it will be for good. SHIVER is a melancholy, romantic novel with equal parts tenderness and passion. Readers will find themselves swept up in Grace and Sam's unfolding relationship as they are finally able to talk and touch, and struggle to hold on to what little time they have together. The book is filled with gorgeous imagery that comes alive in your mind, and adds to the sense of fleeting beauty. Some may find the story a little slow-moving: many of the scenes are simply Grace and Sam being together, and of the few subplots that increase the suspense, all but one are dropped with little or no resolution. But the book is well worth picking up just for the character study of a boy growing up torn between human and animal worlds, and the main characters' chemistry and frantic attempts to hold off Sam's change will keep appreciative readers glued to the page. Recommended for paranormal fans who prefer thoughtfulness and simmering emotion to action and more
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