Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver 2Title: Shiver

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: 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. -Goodreads


*Again, trying to go spoiler-free!

I feel like it’s really rare these days to find a series that’s not titled after the first book.  Right?

So, Shiver!  I’m back into the swing of things!  I started Shiver a little bit before finishing Of Neptune, but I was only fifty pages in.  So I read it pretty fast, considering my recent slumpiness.  I feel free!

Now, I’d started Shiver once before about a year ago, but, according to Goodreads, put it down in September 2013.

This book was quite… well, bland.  The summary didn’t grasp my interest.  In fact, it had me rolling my eyes.  “He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.”  Can someone say cliché?

Shiver was written in dual-POV (thank the gods that they were both in first person—I would have gone insane!), both Grace’s and Sam’s.  Their voices weren’t at all distinctive, and they didn’t really have personalities.  I felt like Grace’s “witty” remarks came out sounding slightly forced.

Now, I’ve read Maggie Stiefvater before.  I read The Scorpio Races, which I really enjoyed!  And this didn’t live up to it much.  I felt that Stiefvater was trying too hard to sound poetic.  I mean, poetry played a relatively significant part in the story, but it was kind of getting on my nerves.

Instalove.  Meh.

If I had to choose, Isabel and Beck were my favorite characters.  And maybe Jack.

Minor Spoilers: Let’s talk about Grace for a sec.  In my opinion, I feel like she might have been worse than Bella Swan :O (Side note: I’m actually rereading Twilight—don’t ask.)  Anyway, Grace went as far as saying this about her relationship with Sam (which seemed to take up all of her time with friends and stuff): “This, Sam and me, this was my real life.  The life where I went to school and waited up for my parents and listened to Rachel vent about her siblings— that felt like a pale dream in comparison.  Those were just things I had done while waiting for Sam.”  So, you’re telling me that all of the things that have happened in your life, it was just stuff you were doing while waiting for some wolfy boy?  So, yeah, that got on my nerves. End of spoilers.

This was one of those stalker stories, where the guy, like, watches the girl, and the girl finds it soooo romantic (do I sense another Twilight parallel?).  He was also infatuated with her scent… OMG.  He even said at one point that he had an obsession with Grace.  How utterly dreamy.

For me, the last hundred pages contained the best part of the story, which is why I’m giving this book a 3.5/5 stars.  Not sure whether I’m willing to start the next installment.  We shall see…

How did you feel about Shiver?  Let me know!

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. I’ve been curious about this book for a while. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not, and I’m still not sure if I will pick it up. I’ve read The Raven Boys by Maggie and really enjoyed it. I want to read The Scorpio Races too. So many books to read, haha.


    1. There are way too many books to read! This book was alright, in my opinion. I liked it more and more as it came to an end. I think Stiefvater saved the best for last. I hope you like it if you decide to pick it up!


  2. I absolutely adored this book…. back when I read it in seventh grade. I’m not too sure how I would feel about it now, so I’ll probably end up rereading it sometime soon. Isn’t it weird how our tastes in book can completely change over time?


    1. Hopefully you enjoy it! 😀 I haven’t started the second one. That depends on how I feel when I go to the library, and if it’s even available. The funny part is, if the second book is available, I’ll probably get it.


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