One of the most appealing things about Shiver is the world that it is set in - it's so believable. The concept of a werewolf/shapshifter who changes from wolf to human with the seasons is definitely not something I have heard of before, and I love it!
I really liked that there was a role reversal for the main characters in Shiver. What I mean by that is that lately, a lot of paranormal books have been about weak, dependent females falling in love with broody alpha males. In Shiver though, the characters are very deep. Grace is very independent and Sam relies largely on her, he is the emotional one. And it just makes him so gosh darn cute!
Speaking of Sam and Grace, their relationship was, really, the main focus of Shiver. I found their playful banter adorable; and the way they acted around each other, and thought about each other, made it obvious that they really were in love, not lust. However... I do wish that there had been more of a build up of feelings between them, rather than the instant love.
Maggie Stiefvater's writing is beautiful to say the least. She sets the tone so well in key moments of the story and the descriptions of the wolves and their eyes are breath-taking. Also, this book is told from the perspective of Grace and Sam, each with alternating chapters. That is something that can be very hard to pull off, but Stiefvater does it well in this fascinating tale.
The ending is satisfying but at the same time I hate where it finishes, but only because I want to know more immediately (I'm quite impatient)! Instead I have to wait for July 20th for Linger, Book Two of the Wolves Of Mercy Falls, to come out. And that is so far away!
Overall, I loved Shiver and rate it at 5 stars out of 5. I recommend it to lovers of fantasy, paranormal, teen romance and particularly wolf/werewole/shapeshifter stories.show more
by Amy Mansell