Thursday, September 16, 2010

Review: Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 392
Overall Rating: 5/5

the cold. 
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why. 

the heat. 
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now. 

the shiver. 
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future. 

The cover is gorgeous. When I first saw the book on the "Best Book Cover" lists on Goodreads, I was baffled. I thought it was ugly. I didn't understand how anyone thought it was pretty. Then I bought it, and I totally get it. The blue is soft, and shimmery. In my hands, I couldn't get over how beautiful it was.

I loved this book from the beginning. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is phenomenal. I'd be willing to bet she writes poetry aside from novels. Or at least really, really enjoys reading poetry. Her writing had almost a poetic feel to it. (And not just Sam's poetry moments. All of it.)

Sam and Grace's relationship is beautiful. They're complete opposites, and yet they seem perfect for each other. Sam is a deep little emo-ish boy. He made me smile. Grace was resilient, responsible, level-headed, and a little stubborn, but all of these things were needed in their relationship.

I liked all of the other characters. Isabel was amusing, despite the fact that she was a spoiled brat. I was a bit annoyed with her parents. How could you be so absent minded? As I ask this, I know it's completely possible, because of witnessed it myself. Still yet, how?! How do people pay such little attention to their children? Again, I believe it to be possible because I may have experienced it for a brief time in my life. Even having experienced it, I just don't understand how people can do it.

I loved the concept of the wolves. Their shifting occurred depending upon the temperature, and I believe these are the first wolves I've seen that shifted this way. It felt original.

Stiefvater does an amazing job of creating a cold atmosphere. The way she writes, and describes thing, accomplishes this, but add a pale blueish font to the mixture, and you're freezing!

The ending was abrupt, and left me wanting more more more. I should've bought Linger while I was there, because now I have to wait. :/

Memorable lines:
"What do you eat?" 
"Baby bunnies." She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, "Adult bunnies, too. I'm an equal-opportunity bunny-eater." 

"I'd found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold."

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