Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater



Shiver

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 alternates between Sam's POV and Grace's POV. At first, it took me a bit to get into each character for the chapters are on average pretty short but them it became so addictive I couldn't put it down.

The images described in this book are beautiful and detailed without them being overly so. The book is almost lyrical in the sense of the word flow and how it all seems so carefully thought out. Sam and Grace are completely well rounded characters and not flat at all.

One of the best aspects of this book - and one I seem to mention a lot - is that it's very honest. There's an equal amount of lust and love between Grace and Sam that is very honest and believable. No, "Omigod you're so beautiful...I'm so ugly," or anything like that. Sam, although a bit more reserved, is electrifying and I'm definitely adding him to my list of literary boyfriends.

Grace is a wonderful character. Her feelings are real and it translates perfectly throughout the book. Even if the rest of the wolf pack wasn't necessarily completely described, they all seemed rounded and well developed.

This book is simply fantastic. I cried and laugh and the ending is breath taking. I can't wait to read Linger. I have been definitely impressed and recommend it to everyone. The plot is engaging and the story is so creative and amazing. I loved it! I feel like I should say more but I always find it harder to pin point what I liked and what I didn't like.

In one sentence:
A fantastic race against time that will keep you at the edge of your seat!

Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
Cover: 5 stars
Overall Feeling: 5 stars
Average: 5 stars



10 comments:

Kathy Martin said...

I thought Shiver was excellent too. I went out immediately to look for everything else Stiefvater had written. I was not disappointed at all when I found Ballad and Lament. They are also incredibly lyrical with well-rounded characters. I want Linger now. Waiting will be so difficult.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Just wanted to stop by after I say your feature on Kristen's blog, Bookworming in the 21st Century! I'm a teen too, and I love following other blogs by teens. :D

And I agree with you 100% about how awesome Shiver is. You phrase their relationship perfectly; there is that lust there, but there's also that perfect understanding between them. I only wish Linger would come faster!

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

I agree with your review of this one. I really enjoyed this book and am really excited for Linger.

And I have an award for you:

http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2010/01/awards.html

misskallie2000 said...

I just found you through Bookworming in the 21st Century. I loved your reveiw of Shiver. I was able to see what the book is about and understand the story. I do want to read the book. Thanks and continue with your great reveiws. You will have 200 followers before you know it.

Patty said...

Haha! Thanks all of you for your amazing comments. It really makes me so happy :).

Laura (Reading and Rooibos) said...

Hi Patti. :) I just found your blog through Bookworming in the 21st Century as well. So glad to have stopped by -- I look forward to reading more of your posts! I had to smile when I saw your review of Shiver, as I've just finished reading & reviewing it too. I think you liked it more than I did, but I did enjoy it and am also interested in reading Linger when it gets released this year.

Dannie said...

Glad you enjoyed!

Book Monster said...

Awesome review :) You won a award on my blog :)

Jan von Harz said...

I love your site's use of black, white, gray and turquoise. I also greatly enjoyed your review on Shiver. I will definitely be coming back for more.

ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

Yay!! I am a huge fan too!! The book had a perfect balance like you mentioned!!
AMAZING!!!
In fact, I am now a huge fan of Maggie's..... I am finishing Ballad now.... I read Lament already and WOW.... I recommend all her books!!=) GREAT stuff!

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