Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

October 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm 2 comments

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace has never been afraid of the wolves that roam the woods behind her house.  When she was younger, she was pulled off her tire swing and dragged into the woods, but even the sensation of being prodded and bitten was overshadowed by the protection of one yellow-eyed wolf who refused to join the pack as they attacked her.   

Six years after being pulled from her swing, another animal attack sends the town into a panic, determined to hunt down the wolves and kill them. Grace knows that she is the only chance her wolf has to survive.   She had always suspected her wolf was more than just another animal, and she was about to find out how close to the truth she was.  

Sam had tried to force himself to be human before, just so he could be closer to Grace, closer to his true self, but he had no choice.  Every year, as summer turned to fall and the temperature dropped, he changed into a wolf, and now he’s worried that this might be the last year he has left before the change becomes permanent. 

Told from the alternating points of view of Sam and Grace, the book also alternates beautifully between their despair at the thought of Sam changing forever, and the joy that they could finally be together.  The language of the book is striking at times, like Sam’s feelings when he kisses Grace for the first time: “I was wild and tame and pulled into shreds and crushed into being all at once.”

If you like romance of the star-crossed lovers variety, need something to read after Twilight, or just have a thing for wolves, I highly recommend Shiver.  I really enjoyed the book, though the ending was a little rushed for my taste – I wanted more! 

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is now available at the library, and will soon be available as a Playaway audio book.


Entry filed under: book reviews, new books.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linger « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  August 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    […] review: If you read my review of Shiver when it came out last year, you know that I straight-up loved that book, so Linger had a lot to […]

  • 2. Forever « Winfield Library's Y.A. Blog  |  August 8, 2011 at 9:09 am

    […] Stiefvater is now available at the library.  You can also read my other reviews for this series: Shiver and Linger. […]


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