Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

first in a series, Maggie Stiefvater, review, Scholastic, young adult 3 Comments 5th August, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Release date: August 1, 2009
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary from Goodreads:
Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

I have never read a book where there were so many passages I had to write down because they were beautiful. Shiver is phenomenal. I could not put this book down. Magical. I also rarely read a book where the atmosphere is it’s own character as well, that’s how well written this is. The winter, the wolves. It was a winter wonderland. The pacing was excellent, everything happening just when it should.
And the romance. Knocked off my socks. I’d have to say that Sam and Grace are my favorite YA couple. The looks, the touches, the kisses, but never going further. Done just the way I love it. Especially something they do everyday, like they’re already married. It was very sweet.
Lastly, let me share with you one of the four passages I had to save, because they just blew me away.
Sam handed me my hot chocolate and didn’t answer. But his yellow eyes gazed at me possessively – I wondered if he realized the way he looked at me was far more intimate than copping a feel could ever be.

3 Responses to “Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Holly Bergfors

    I completely agree! I had heard the books were good, but geeze louise, they’re downright beautiful. I started the series less than a week ago and I’m wrapping up the last book now. The author has a serious gift as far as using clever metaphors and similes without them feeling forced in goes, and the interactions between characters feel so genuine and heart-wrenching. As a writer, I’ve learned a lot from her books. They’re definitely new favorites of mine. 🙂

  2. Liz. R

    I haven’t read this series and I have no idea why. It definitely sounds like one I’d love – that one passage you shared with us is amazing! Sam and Grace seem to have a really unique relationship. Glad you enjoyed it, I hope to read it some day.

  3. Jessica

    I had the same reaction to this book! I felt like winter was in every aspect of the book – even the pacing. And I loved Sam and Grace’s relationship. Their opposite personalities made it feel like they would be attracted to each other in real life. You can read my review of it if you want: Shiver

    You blog is charming. I’m a new follower!

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