Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: Available Now from Scholastic

Source: Personal Copy


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.

Brilliant!! I wasn't sure that this book would live up to the hype for me. I heard lots of things both glowing reviews and sorta meh reviews, so I didn't quite know where I would fall within that spectrum. I needn't have worried; Maggie Stiefvater has delivered a beautiful and moving love story that could capture anyone's heart.

I know, I know, the werewolf thing has been done, but Stiefvater truly did put a unique spin on it and the characters are so amazing, that creature of choice really was besides the point. I enjoyed hanging out with Grace and Sam. I loved watching them discover each other and become integral parts of one anothers' worlds.

Stiefvater's writing is just amazing. She created this amazing winter-filled world that was so comfortable, that I just wanted to hang out in its pages indefinitely. She created magic out of the ordinary, so much so, that it seemed completely normal that werewolves would be wandering the woods of Minnesota. In fact, I'd be amazed at this point to travel up there and not see some werewolves.

I cannot, I repeat cannot wait for Linger. I am oh so excited to find out what happens next. I wasn't ready to leave Grace and Sam, not to mention the rest of the interesting cast of characters. The sooner I can get back to the woods, the better.

Forgive my fangirly gushing, but Shiver really was as good as everyone said. I can't help but gush.


  1. I agree, Shiver definitely lived up to the hype! I wish Linger's release date was closer! ;)

  2. Seeing as I still haven't read this, I don't know if it will live up to its hype personally, but hey, I'll never know until I read!

  3. I was totally in love with this book in so many ways!

  4. I loved Shiver as well so I don't mind the gushing ;)

  5. Shiver was a fun read. Hope they do right with the movie!

  6. I really enjoyed this book too. Gush-worthy novels are the greatest!