Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Author: Maggie Stiefvater [website]
Published: August 2009, by Scholastic Press
Format: Paperback, 392 pages
Source: Bought in store at Barnes & Noble
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace…until now.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
Cover Art: Love love the cover art! Blue and very artistic and abstract. Awesome details.
Unique take on the supernatural, simple plot line, nice start to a trilogy.
First of all, I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s take on the werewolf. No silver bullets, no moonlight trigger, no oversized monstrous creatures. These wolves change with the weather. They keep their original eye colour. They have similar personalities and appearances as when they were human. And they are normal wolf-sizes.
The story is told from two points of view: Sam’s and Grace’s. For me, it wasn’t difficult to read. The writing was very well done, even though I couldn’t tell who was who from just the writing style. Sam’s character was great – swoon-worthy, dark-haired, quiet, considerate guy. Grace wasn’t as unique as I wanted her to be. She was forced to be independent and she looks at facts, but she wasn’t unlikeable – I consider this good.
There was not much that happened in the book at this point. Well until the end. However, since this IS the first of three, I’m assuming more of the plot will take place in the next two books. Overall it was a great supernatural-fantasy, with a bit of romance stringed in to the read. I recommend it if you like this type of book!