Monday, January 25, 2010

Review of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

As I write this post, I have around 20 followers to go before hitting the 100 mark! I have an idea for the contest it will spark, but there is a certain book I need to read before that can happen... and it's in the mail. So I won't make any announcements about it yet (I can't get any hopes up, including mine), but if all goes according to plan, it will be super fun!

I'm thinking of discontinuing Muscle Monday. It's not getting a very big response, and well, I'm particularly frustrated in the healthy living arena as of late. So, MM will take a hiatus, and today, will be replaced by a review of a book I recently finished. I need to practice this review writing anyway, as so many of you have great ones that I love reading. They really help me make my decisions about what to read next.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Description from

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.

My Thoughts: I was hooked from page one. Stiefvater jumps right in to the action and immediately has the reader asking questions. I was fighting with my eyes to keep from jumping ahead, but I knew that if I skipped one sentence of this book, I would have missed out on a beautiful image. This is exactly the style of writing I'm drawn to. It's descriptive in a way that never leaves empty holes in the reader's mental image of the setting, action, etc.

"My wolf hesitated by the edge of the woods, the dim porch light catching his eyes. He was still watching my silhouette through the door.

I pressed my palm flat against the frigid glass.

The distance between us had never felt so vast."

This book will literally make you shiver. The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Grace and Sam, which helps round out the emotions; it's not one-sided. We get to feel what both of them are feeling. Each character, even the minor ones, stood out on their own, with unique personalities that I enjoyed getting to know. The action really started to pick up in the last third, making it impossible to put down.

The only criticism I will mention is concerning the sex. It's not graphic by any means, and honestly the kissing scenes will make your heart flutter oh so sweetly... I just take an issue with the way teen sex is desensitized, and reading it in a young-adult book made me cringe. That was my only issue with Shiver, but it will not keep me from continuing the series.

Can Grace find a way to help Sam stay human forever?! You'll have to read to find out!
Read the last third with tissues nearby. Yes, it's that good.

5/5 - Amazing


  1. I was standing in Hastings this weekend with this book in my hands. My wife rushed me out of the store to go have lunch with our daughter, but if I had more time I would have probably purchased it.

    Nice review Kristin. Maybe next weekend.

  2. Such a great review, Kristin! Can't wait for your contest. I know it will be...exciting. Oh, and I expect to see more of your fabulous reviews!: )

    Happy Monday!

  3. I really love Maggie Stiefvater's writing style. And Shiver is among my favorite reads of 2009. :)

  4. I've heard so many good things about this book. Tissues?? Yikes. I guess I can invest. First I need to either buy it or get the people around here to read faster. I'm #13 on the waiting list at the library. Le sigh.

  5. Elena - I teared up because I'm a wimp. And I'm one of those people that has to get emotional about a book or I feel like it was a waste of time! lol. I was #14 on a book at my library last week, and today, I'm #16... I don't know how that happened, but apparently at least 2 people have some sort of power that I don't have!

    Thanks for the compliments on the review! I'll try to post some more soon. It was fun! :)

  6. It sounds like a great read, but I hear ya about the sex. Thanks for sharing your review. i don't think you need much practice! My reviews consist of three words usually. "I love it!" or "Not for Me". I need practice... lol

  7. I loved this book and I'm so excited for the sequel.

  8. Thanks for the review Kristin! This is on my list of "to reads"!

    Also can't wait for the contest!!!

  9. Great review. I have this on my to-read list already, but maybe I should move it up. I've read several reviews on it lately. Thanks for sharing.

  10. That looks like a writing style I would love...thanks for the review & recommendation~

    I've been meaning to ask what part of Texas you're from! I spent a lot of my childhood on a ranch in Amarillo.

  11. Oh, I've heard great things about this book. I don't know why it's taken me so long to pick it up, but I just order 3 more books from Amazon today...but I'll be going near B&N this week, so maybe...oh I shouldn't...oh forget it--I'll be picking it up this week! Yay for making decisions!

    Thanks for the review!

  12. Great review! I really liked SHIVER for its prose as well. :)

    I just take an issue with the way teen sex is desensitized, and reading it in a young-adult book made me cringe.

    I agree. I tend to be a little conservative re sex in YA (though, yes, I know people my age do it all the time), but it does make me cringe, definitely.

  13. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, especially after I found out it's going to be made into a movie. It sounds awesome!

    I agree about the YA sex thing. Don't they get enough of that on TV and at school? lol