Shiver [Review]

Posted February 19, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

Shiver [Review]Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1st 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 390
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars
Series Rating: four-stars
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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.

Books are more real when you read them outside.

I fell for her in summer, my lovely summer girl // From summer she is made, my lovely summer girl // I’d love to spend a winter with my lovely summer girl // But I’m never warm enough for my lovely summer girl // It’s summer when she smiles, I’m laughing like a child // It’s the summer of our lives; we’ll contain it for a while // She holds the heat, the breeze of summer in the circle of her hand // I’d be happy with this summer if it’s all we ever had.

Hope hurt more than the cold.

The idea was immediately unbearable, only because I wanted it to be true so badly it hurt.

Hello, Grace’s parents. I’m Grace’s boyfriend. Please notice the chaste distance between us. I am very responsible and have never had my tongue in your daughter’s mouth.

I liked this book more than I thought I would. I haven’t ever been a really big werewolf kind of gal. I’m usually the bloodthirsty vampire kind of girl, but this book surprised me. I don’t know if it was the way Maggie Stiefvater writes or if it was the story itself. But I really enjoyed this one.

I liked it because it was different than the normal werewolf myths you hear about. And it was absolutely heartbreaking to see that these people lived from shifting for years and then ultimately one year they just don’t shift back into humans and they stay wolves.

I really liked Grace. She was independent. She was strong. She was likable. She was grounded. And then Sam was the complete opposite. Not that he wasn’t independent, but he depended on other people. As to where Grace depended on no one but herself. I even liked the secondary characters like Rachel, Olivia, and Isabel. I felt sorry for Isabel when she was trying to find out what happened to her brother.

I hated Grace’s parents. They’re just so not the kind of parents I would want or want to be. They weren’t there. They didn’t care about anything other than themselves. That’s just not okay with me. But I think Grace was better off without them!

I’m definitely going to be continuing this series and can’t wait to get my hands on the next 2 books! If you haven’t read this series yet and are in the mood for paranormal, you should definitely check this book out!

Let’s talk about it. Did you read Shiver? Or any other of Maggie’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
three-half-stars
Stephanie
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