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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

shiverGreatness: 4/5 stars

Summary (taken from the book):

the cold.
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.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives.  As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves.  And then, for  short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.

the shiver.
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.

Maggie Stiefvater, author of Lament, writes a beautiful novel in Shiver.  The novel is told in two perspectives equally, levelheaded and stoic Grace and kindhearted werewolf Sam.  The alternating perspsectives gives the reader a full and intimate understanding of the two main characters.  And the prose is just breathtaking, with allusions to various poetry such as Rilke’s and Sam’s song lyrics to bolster the feeling of immense love and loss in this novel.

Shiver is not so much about romance as it is about love, and fighting to keep it.  Do not read this book if you are expecting a clone of Twilight, or a book documenting the courtship and falling in love of the two main characters.  Sam and Grace have already fallen in love, and are in love throughout the entire book.  Also, I usually try to stay away from romance/paranormal books but Maggie Stiefvater creates a fantasy that weaves seamlessly into reality.  You can almost believe that there are humans that turn into wolves each winter.

Shiver isn’t a perfect book however.  I felt there were issues that needed to be confronted and dealt with, such as Grace’s relationship with her inattentive parents, or Grace’s drifting friendship.  But I think that Stiefvater may deal with that later along with some unanswered questions in Shiver with her sequel, Linger, coming out the fall of 2010.  And maybe the supporting characters will have stronger roles in the next novel as well.  All in all, Shiver is beautifully written and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a love story.
  And check out the book trailer, made by the author herself! It’s really cool, I couldn’t stop watching it when I first saw it.  The music, feel and look of it is completely beautiful and really makes you excited to read the book.

And while you’re at it check out this song that Stiefvater had written inspired by a scene from Shiver.  One of the things that really made me excited for this book, was the musical and artistic talent of the author.  So enjoy!



August 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

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