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September 3, 2009 posted by Nikki

Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

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.

When Grace’s community decides that they need to do something about the ‘wolf problem’ in the woods, Grace flips. Her wolf is in those woods. She has to stop them before its too late. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much of a commotion to get the hunters to pull back. A little screaming about her friends being in the woods here, a little pleading helplessly there, and its done. But when Grace goes home, she almost can’t believe what she’s seeing. There’s a boy on her door stoop, bleeding half to death, and instantly she knows instantly who it is. She’d know those eyes anywhere. She’s been looking into them for the last six years, wistfully hoping – wishing – that things were different. Well, it seems that life is about to give her what she wants for a change, even if it is for a short time only.

Sam can’t believe it’s her. He can’t believe she’s here, seeing him, looking at him like that. He can’t believe that he was shot and it brought on a change. A few minutes ago he was a wolf, and now … well, now he was human, but unless he did something about the bleeding he wasn’t going to be anything soon.

And so starts the snapshot in time that is Grace and Sam. It seems that there isn’t even a question of whether they’re together or not. Sam and Grace, although hesitant to assume the other’s intention initially, are instantly an item. They’ve been watching each other – falling in love with each other – from a distance for six years now. The time for formalities has long passed, especially considering they have so little time together in the first place. Sam knows it in himself, he can feel the end coming – this is the last year that he’ll change back to a human. Ever. The problem is, it’s the middle of winter. The cold is what makes him change in the first place. In order to keep Sam in his human form for a long as they can, Sam and Grace do everything they can to keep Sam warm. But Minnesota winters are tough, and sometimes, nature is unbelievably unpredictable. Will their race against the weather be all in vain, or will they get their happily ever after?

As far as paranormal romances go, this is, hands down, the best one I’ve read in a long while. Grace is a formidably strong character that will go to great lengths to protect her own. When it comes to her heart, there’s no messing around. I reckon girls everywhere are going love Grace; they’ll love who she is and what she has.

Sam is more than just the lust-worthy teenage heartthrob that we see in YA fiction so often these days. He’s got the emotional maturity of someone who far surpasses his years and seems to understand the ins and outs of love entirely. He loves Grace – completely and absolutely – and he knows exactly how to treat a girl. It doesn’t get better than this, girls. Sam is, without a doubt, the Edward Cullen of 2009.

Maggie Stiefvater totally steps up to the plate with Shiver. I’ve been a fan of hers right from the beginning, but I have to say, Shiver completely blew my mind. Once I started reading, there was positively no stopping. I felt drunk – love drunk! Too much Sam and Grace will do that to you.

Watch out for the ending, though. As I’m sure it will leave some ambling around despairingly. I know I was! As angsty as it was, the ending was totally appropriate and totally necessary. I commend Maggie for taking the path she did – this one is definitely an example of the road less travelled in YA lit, and is a breath of fresh air! I am totally in love with Shiver, and I plan on telling absolutely everyone I meet about this one.

Rating:: ★★★★★

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  • Wonderful review, as always. :) I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this. Sounds super interesting!

  • awesome it looks so good waiting for it to get in the library

  • very good, keeps you reading

  • the review is awesome I can’t wait to read it!

  • I want to read this book. This is one more wonderful review I’ve read about it!

  • I just finished reading shiver and I have to tell you I fell in love with it right from the start. It leaves you wanting to read more. I can’t wait for the sequeal to come out next fall.

  • shiver is AMAZING!!! :) loved your review.

  • *sigh* That was freaking awesome. Gobbled it up in 2 hours. Having read your review I thought I knew how it would end…but it didn’t and I feel all…….unsettled.

  • This book is amazing!! LOVE IT!!

  • Simply adore Shiver! One of the best books I have ever read!
    already miss Sam lol

  • im in love with this book! :))
    its one of the best books ive ever read its my favorite book.. and a unique yet beautiful way of writing

  • This book was really good, made me cry.. :(

  • Now I’m going to be honest, after I read Twilight I avoided fantasy completely. I strongly disliked Twilight. But I took a chance and read this book. Oh. My. God. One of the best books I’ve read in a LONG time.

  • I’m a little shocked by this review. I usually always agree with the reviews on this site, but Shiver was definitely not a five star book. The author is no doubt a good writer but I found myself very bored with the story and the chemistry between Grace and Sam was not enough to grasp my attention. It wasn’t a horrible book by any means, but it wasn’t great either.

  • I just finished this book and all I have to say is wow. I loved it. I thought it was very sweet and a good plot. Flowed well. I loved the ending and cannot wait until the next one is out in July (uk release). I also enjoyed Maggie’s writing style and I’m finding myself wanting to read some of her other material.

    I felt it deserves every star :)

    PS. have to mention this, I loved how she didn’t stick to the normal full moon = werewolf. I loved that it was all about temperatures and that they turned into actual wolves and not mutated into human/werewolf drooling monsters….very good :)

  • well, i was going to say the review almost maes u think that it doesn’t end well for sam and grace, but if theres sequel then maybe not. cant wait!

  • I’ve read this book over and over its amazing!!! i cant wait for linger!!!!!! xx

  • There will be two sequels. Linger and Forever. I hope they will be as good (or better – if that’s even possible).
    My favourite book in the world after Alice and Wonderland.

  • when I first started reading this, I never thought it would live up to Perfect Chemistry or Hush, Hush, and it didn’t, but in it’s own way it’s different, it gives you more of a connection with the characters, and the ending really did make me almost cry, it was a sad and happy ending.
    and it is certainly recommended for any body

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! Completely in Luurvve! Shiver is an amazing book for anyone on Team Jacob though this is MUCH better than the Twilight series! I already have my Linger book on order for next month! Sam and Grace forever <3

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! Completely in Luurvve! Shiver is an amazing book for anyone on Team Jacob though this is MUCH better than the Twilight series! I already have my Linger book on order for next month! Sam and Grace forever <3

  • i couldn’t put the book down,
    once i had read the first page,
    it captivated me from the start…;}
    i love sam. he’s an absouloute sweetie. xD

  • its a woooonderful boook…….i hv fallen in luv wid da book since da beginning especially SAM…..

  • mmm, sam sam sam sam SAM. rofl o.o
    i’ll calm down.

  • love the book <3

  • I like the book but it’s not a grabber. Not much chemistry between the two characters. I also had a hard time with this weird wolf obsession it was kind of weird and creepy

  • Omgg!!!!! I luuvvvvv this book !!!!!!! I absolutely adoreeeee sam!! He is soo sweet ! I loove how it’s written it’s so beautiful! It made me cry!!! I read linger too and it’s aaaaaamazzing!!! Can’t wait for Forever!!

  • Omg totally loved this book and linger to amizing they made me cry as they follow grace. I cant wait for forever to come out now

  • Oh my! What a wonderful read this was! The minute I finished this book, I immediately drove to the bookstore and purchased the second book, Linger. The plot is not overly sweet and sappy, and, even though the it deals with mythical werewolves, Maggie tells it in a way that makes it seem plausible. I am absolutely in love with Maggie Stiefvater now. It’s my dream now to write her and see if she’ll meet with me, since she lives just a few hours away from me, so I can pick her brain regarding her writing style and her system for making a novel- start to finish.

    If you loved the book Shiver, then you must go to your nearest bookstore and purchase the book, Linger. The third and final book, Forever, will be released sometime this year [2011].

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