Friday, July 24, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — is a haunting 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 and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human — or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

The first thing that caught me in this book was the lyrical writing. I've come to know that Maggie likes to incorporate music, or something music-related, in her writing--in this case, it was lyrics, ones that would pop up in Sam's head. And, like her writing, the lyrics she created were enchanting and fit the characters' situations perfectly.

The creativity of the novel was refreshing. Instead of the moon being the reason for changing from a wolf to a human or vice versa, in this novel, it was the temperature. I found this to be very creative and original.

Grace and Sam fit perfectly together, like yin and yang. Their relationship, even before Sam transformed back to his human self, was special and unique. I found it amazing that Grace fell in love with him, without even knowing his voice, only by seeking his eyes and finding his scent. And I so badly wanted them to have a happy ending, after all they had been through to get to this point, them being together. The outcome of their relationship was different than I expected, but nonetheless, satisfactory.

Shiver is a chilling tale of romance between a girl and her wolf. You won't want the story to end. Maggie Stiefvater has once again proven her amazing skill, the ablility to lure you in with her addicting words and catchy lyrics.



Watching said...

*o* I want to read this so bad! I know I say that about almost every book you review...but seriously I love werewolves <3 even the one with little red riding hood were the wolf was actually a werewolf

Anonymous said...

There's been a lot of good buzz for this one, but this is the first time someone's articulated why it's getting that buzz. Excellent review, I am officially intrigued! -twitter takeover 7/26 Jess takes over my twitter and YOU are invited.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this one!

xI'amberx said...

I LOVED this, you know shes working on Linger which is the second book to Shiver.

Mindi Scott said...

Wow! Okay, I still haven't picked up Maggie's first book, but I'm thinking I really need to get on that.