I’ve been curious about Shiver ever since I finished reading Lament and Ballad. I’ve heard mixed reviews about these books. Some say that Shiver is better than the faerie books but others say that Lament and Ballad are better. I decided to give it a try and see for myself.
Here’s the summary from Maggie Stiefvater’s website:
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.
I have to say that the cover for this book is just beautiful. Maggie Stiefvater has been lucky in the cover department. Her three books have simple covers which are nonetheless lovely and fit the content of each book. I’m sure there are people out there who bought her books based on those covers. I was in the middle of reading another book for one of my Goodreads groups’ monthly discussions when I checked out Shiver. I was only supposed to read a couple of chapters to get a feel of the book but the story sucked me right in and I kept reading because I wanted to know what happens next and surprise surprise, I finished the whole book. If I were asked to compare this with Lament and Ballad, I would have to say that I liked both Shiver and Lament better than Ballad. I’m starting to recognize Maggie Stiefvater’s brand of writing. Her books are mostly bittersweet with a lot of longing and wanting and with characters that are trying to make the most of the present because they don’t know what the future will hold.
I remember my cousin told me to read Shiver because “it’s like Twilight but better and with werewolves.” I can see where she’s coming from because at its core, Shiver is a love story. Grace and Sam alternate in narrating the story. Grace is very independent and she takes care of herself because her parents are absent-minded people, who don’t know how to take care of their child. Sam is sweet, sensitive and poetic. He loves to think in terms of song lyrics and he even made a song about Grace. I also like that under each chapter heading, the temperature is noted because it’s relevant to the story – Sam’s transformation is based on temperature. I’m a sucker for love stories and I really enjoyed reading Shiver. My favorite scene was when Sam and Grace were in the candy store! I would love to go to a store like that. I don’t think we have anything like that here. Plus they ordered hot chocolate laced with mint, which is my absolute favorite coffee shop drink. A romantic scene inside a store full of sweets, what’s not to like?
I recommend this book for urban fantasy or paranormal fans out there, I’m not really sure about the distinction. I’m definite going to read Linger but I liked where Shiver ended so I’m not in any hurry to read it. Now I can go back to the book that I was originally reading.
Here’s a lovely book trailer also available from Maggie Stiefvater’s website: