Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater | Book Review
Updated: Mar 20
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As a child, Grace was pulled from her tire swing by the wolves. But one wolf refused to let the pack kill her and carried her home. Ever since Grace has held a fascination with them, some believe it is an obsession. But every winter Grace watches for the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her. And every winter the yellow-eyed boy in a wolf’s body watches Grace. Sam will wait for her as long as he has to.
Shiver is one of my favorite young adult books, and I have read it multiple times. I wanted to do it justice by finally providing a detailed review. When I first read Shiver I fell in love with the concept of wolves changing during the winter, and the relationship Grace and Sam developed. Revisiting Shiver, the magic of Grace and Sam’s love still made me smile as I listened along with the audiobook. I even found myself speaking aloud some of my favorite quotes. The anticipation I felt with each scene was more than worth the reread. Although I did pick up on some things this time around I didn’t originally.
I love the chemistry between Grace and Sam. Maggie Stiefvater portrays their love through more than just spoken words. Grace and Sam are fiercely loyal to one another and would do anything for each other. It also helps that Sam is sensitive and artistic, the type of guy that as a young adult I dreamed of meeting. The two characters also balance one another with their personalities. Sam is quiet, more so the person to keep to himself, whereas Grace is bold and not afraid to push boundaries.
The faults I found with Shiver have nothing to do with the storyline or main characters. Grace’s parents were portrayed as aloof and absent. Grace pretty much raised herself with parents that habited the same house. However, there were moments that I think even irresponsible parents would have seen issues with. But, then again this is a young adult book and there is a thrill that goes along with getting away with something at that age.
Shiver is an easy read that will pull your heartstrings as Grace and Sam fight against time to stay together. It is a typical young adult romance, but it isn’t overly dramatic. The fantasy elements blend seamlessly with the overall storyline and create a breathtaking new look at werewolves.
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