Monday, 22 August 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 978-1-407115-00-9
Pages: 434
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Purchased

Grace is fascinated by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house. Despite being bitten as a child, Grace loves to watch them and is drawn to the one with yellow eyes. Content just to watch and listen to their howls, Grace has no idea she is about to be drawn into their world. When a classmate is attacked and killed by wolves, the town decides to hunt the pack down and soon Grace finds herself face to face with a boy whose yellow eyes seem oh-so-familiar.

This is one of my favourite books. The whole book is written using beautiful descriptive prose and has an amazing lyrical and haunting quality. The book has quite a slow pace but I enjoyed watching the story develop gradually and found that it meant that even simple moments were able to tell a story. This is more about the relationship between Grace and Sam than anything else, but there is a secondary storyline involving the dead boy which adds a little action. There is also a vein of tension running through the novel as each chapter begins with a temperature, steadily dropping throughout the book as Sam and Grace's time runs out.

I really liked both Grace and Sam. Grace is a very down-to-earth focused person who likes everything to make sense while Sam is artistic and literary living in a world that makes very little sense at all. I loved watching two people from such different worlds interact, and it was great to see how their friends and families had shaped who they were as individuals as well as how they related to one another. The narrative switches between Grace and Sam's perspectives which I really enjoyed. Each has a clear voice, although each chapter still indicates the narrator at the start.

With any young adult paranormal book there is the now inevitable comparison with Twilight. I've read both and I must say that I prefer this. It lacks the passion and intensity of the latter but makes up for that with a beautiful and sweet representation of first love. However just because I prefer this doesn't mean everyone will, as with all things it's a matter of personal taste and opinion.

All in all this is an incredible read and I can't wait to get stuck into Linger.

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 10/10

Overall: 49/50 


  1. Love this review! Had seen the book before, but passed by it. This definitely pulled my interest in and I like how you mentioned Twilight in a way that made me want to read it more. While I am a fan of Twilight, I don't go looking for books that are exactly the same. This review tells the strong points of the books and pulls me into the character's relationship, making me want to know more about them and what happens to them. Will definitely read this as one of my next.

    Love the blog so far, noticed you started out recently, as did I. Check out my blog too when you get a chance, I will definitely be back to visit!

  2. Thank you so much for commenting :) Shiver is definitely different to Twilight, although not all Twilight fans seem to like it. I love both so hopefully you'll enjoy Shiver too.

    I'm off to check out your blog!

  3. This one has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while but I am tempted to actually read it now. I didn't like the lingering intensity in Twilight so this sounds like it might be a better trip into paranormal for me. Great review!

  4. Thanks Lyrical :) I hope you enjoy Shiver if you do read it. It's a really sweet love story.


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