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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Caitie F on October 13, 2010

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover:  392 pages
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545123266
Rating: +++

Summary (from goodreads):

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 a 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.


I can’t love this book like everyone else does. It only gets 3 stars because I thought the ending was great and made up for the parts that made me want to put the book down. I just couldn’t get drawn into it like so many others have. I think it is because Grace is completely obsessed with Sam to the point that she ignores her friends, school, and the real issues that are in her family. All of this for, at the time, just a wolf. I cannot stand female characters that do that and it automatically makes me dislike the book. Some say it is realistic, but really it isn’t. I know that when my best friend did that over her first serious boyfriend (now her fiancee) I called her out on it and she stopped. Grace’s friends said something many times and she just didn’t get it, which I thought was annoying and cruel.

Say what you like about Grace, but she does have a Bella complex – everything is about Sam, even though he tries to get her to open up and think about herself. Yet she doesn’t.  She can’t handle the issues going on in her family or with her friends. She isn’t even that concerned with Olivia, she spends more time worrying about Sam than when her friend is bitten.

I get why Sam liked Grace, she made him feel human, even when he wasn’t. I also get what Grace would like human Sam, he is a great guy who cares about his friends, is really smart, and truly cares about Grace as a whole person. I wish he had pushed her to let go a little more and open up.

Other than Sam and Grace, characters are not very developed – not the humans, not the wolves, not classmates, or that adults in her life. I would have liked to see more of them. Yes, I know it is a series so an author has to save some things for other books, but I need to be invested in secondary characters now, so when something happens to them I actually care.

I liked that the book is pretty long for young adult. The story feels complete and ended. I think if it had been shorter, it would have lost the things I liked about it (mainly the last 100 pages, which I don’t want to spoil)

Even though the story kind of pissed me off, I think Stiefvater is a good writer and would read more by her. She seemed to understand the teenage voice. I just hope the seconadary characters in her other books aren’t so flat.

How is Linger? I want to read it to know what happens and I know I can rad it quickly.


7 Responses to “Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. I won this book and wasn’t in too big a hurry to read it until I heard the author read from it and now I can’t wait. I’m glad to see you enjoyed it.

  2. Andrea said

    I listened to Shiver on audio and I think that the narrators are really what sold me on that book. I think it would have been just ok if I had read it, but the emotion and sweetness that came from the narrators made it a much better book.

    • Caitie F said

      I am not much of an audio book person, but I bet you are right! I could see liking it more with that added layer since in my head the voices were obsessive and whiney, Thanks for the tip!

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  4. Quinn said

    I feel exactly the same as you. I just finished reading this last week (it only just became available in Korea). It took me the longest time to get into this book just because Grace was so unrelatable. For the first 100 pages, she’s in love with a wolf — she doesn’t even know he’s a werewolf at that point. Plus, the wolves attacked her as a kid … she should be terrified of them. Sam was relatable and the only thing that kept me reading.

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