Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (#1)


SO you all know I have a Maggie Stiefvater obsession, right?  It's ridiculous.  This woman could ask me to skydive and I would.  (I have an intense fear of heights and skydiving in particular sooooo.  There's that.)

I wasn't sure about Shiver for a long time, though, because of the way it was marketed.  When it first came out I was like, "No, ew, I won't ever read this because it's probably just another Twilight and all the 13-year-olds love it" etc etc.  BASICALLY I WAS SUPER JUDGY ABOUT IT OKAY.  *regrets being a judgy teenager about it*

But then I fell in love with The Raven Boys...and I found a hardcover of this for $ I decided to read it.  It. Was. Amazing.

For one, her writing is always glorious and magnificent in every single way.  She writes as though prose was poetry and somehow she's managed to capture the essence of roses in words and she never once loses my attention, ever.

Second, her characters.  I was so surprised that I liked Grace and Sam almost as much as I like Stiefvater's other characters....which is to say:  A LOT.  Grace was low maintenance and sweet and Sam was charming and a little love bug.  They had so much chemistry and I liked that it was insta-love but not.  (After all, they'd been observing each other for so many years and kind of fell in love long before they actually talked.  I LOVED this aspect of the story.)

Third:  Because I cared for her characters....I was immediately sucked into the world and the plot.  Everything that happened, with the pack and SAAAAMMMM (such a sweetheart) and Isabelle and omg.  I was just so in love.  I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away but...I was so intrigued by everything.  Especially Sam's past and family, and how the pack took him in.  That really gave me a lot of feels.

Also:  I read this in about 4 hours, in a single day.  It was glorious.  I was emotional.  I regret nothing.
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.
The two main characters have sex toward the end of the book in a really non-explicit and beautifully written scene.  Not any cussing that I can remember.  Lots of kissing throughout.


  1. yes , yes , yes.

    it's funny that shiver was my gateway book to YA fiction . That was 5 years ago, this 17 year old dude loved it/ loves it to pieces. i just low maggie stiefvater writes her books. ^_^

  2. I'm glad to see that you loved this one!! I've read this entire series twice and I really want to read it again. Linger was my favorite of the series. :) I hope you continue on! Great review.

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  3. Oh my goodness - I am SO excited to read the rest of the series! I have the next two on my shelf, waiting to be read. Linger is my top read for the month of June so I better get crackin'. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I am so so happy to hear that! I'm so glad it is loved by so many.... Maggie has just destroyed me with her incredible characters and gorgeous prose and fascinating plots. Here's to more great Maggie books in the near future! :D