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Monday, 13 June 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

      Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Shiver #1
Pages: 434
Publisher: scholastic 
Release Date: October 5th 2009 (UK)
Source: For review

Rating: 4 stars

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

I am very late on the Shiver bandwagon. I have been hearing great things about this book for months. I attempted to read it earlier in the year but I was in a reading funk and gave up. I am very glad I picked it up again. I can't say I loved it but it was a very enjoyable read.

It started off a little slow for me unfortunately. I didn't see what the hype was about. As I got further in it picked up and I was reading 50-60 pages without even noticing. It dipped in and out, slowing down and speeding up. Some parts of the novel I just had to push through.

The characters were the highlight for me. I loved both Grace and Sam and their relationship together. This is what a good paranormal romance is like. I can't really say there wasn't instalove because there kind of is but it isn't the traditional type for they have known each other for a long time, just not in the conventional sense. There were steamy moments but their relationship was based on love, not lust. That was very important to me.

The secondary characters were also fabulous. I loved Isobel. She was Hi-freaking-larious. She is just so funny without being to be. The characters, even the less frequent ones, were well developed and stood out.

The writing was good. It had a really natural flow and the poetic nature of it was just breathtaking at times. I am definitely interested to pick up her other series purely because of the writing.

The ending was semi expected yet not at the same time. I sort of had two ideas of where the ending would go and it did go one of the ways I expected. The getting there though was the interesting bit and not so expected after all.

The book was good. Some parts were a little on the slow side but some parts just completely captivated me. I am definitely doing to be reading the next instalment Linger.


  1. Thanks for the review and the heads up! I just grabbed a copy of this book last week.

  2. ive never read this series, i will try it one day. thanks for this review

  3. Great review! I love Shiver, but I do agree it was a little bit slow at the beginning.. But the characters are great! :D And I can't remember if I told you, but I really love the new blog design! (or newish...lol)

  4. I read this a bit ago, I thought a lot along the same lines. :) Great review!

  5. OH YAY, so glad you enjoyed Shiver. It is one of my all time favourite books. The characters are a highlight, Sam is such a sweetheart. I am sure you'll like Linger and I can't wait to read what you think about Cole;)


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