Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater - A Real Page Turner! Calling Twilight Fans!

  • Debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list
  • Indies Choice Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • Amazon Top Ten Books for Teens
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
  • Border's Original Voices Pick & Finalist
  • Barnes & Noble 2009 Top Twenty Books for Teens
  • CBC Children's Choice Awards Finalist
  • SIBA 2010 Book Award Finalist
  • Junior Library Guild Selection (Shiver and Linger)
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Nominee
  • Glamour's Best Book to Curl Up With 
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.

What I Can Tell You: 
I had heard about this book last year when Twilight Guy was billing it as Twilight for Wolves. I love Twilight and thought why not! Saturday I finally pulled it from the top of my To Be Read Pile!  Last night I finished it!
I prolonged the ending as much as I could just like I did with Breaking Dawn. I saw the end coming and didn't want it to happen, so I put the book down numerous times. The last page would bring the end of the story and I didn't want to let it go. 

I explained the book today to a friend. "It was billed as Twilight for Werewolves. It isn't like Twilight. In Twilight we have to accept the relationship Bella and Edward form. There is no big build up to their undying love. It just is! It was the only problem I had with Twilight. The relationship seemed juvenile because of how fast they loved each other.  This is not the case with Shiver. We understand why they love each other.  It is something we can see, feel and it doesn't feel silly. 

Grace is a strong girl! She is the anti-Bella. Her world doesn't come crashing down when she isn't with Sam

I love that Maggie gave us Sam and Grace's point of views by switching narrators. 

This book is a quick read and I couldn't put it down. I flew through it in two days (weekend home with two kids, laundry, life, and meals). 

Maggie Stiefvater's writing is poetic, funny and charming. The characters, beside Grace's absent parents (Really people, there is a boy living in your daughter's bedroom for weeks and you have no idea?!) are interesting and likable.  Our main characters Grace and Sam, are sweet and lovable. 

Looking forward to reading Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2) in the series.


  1. Thanks for the heads up. I was looking for something to read and I loved Twilight. This one probably has a 200 person wait list at the library though! arobimom at gmail dot com

  2. Aileen,

    Good luck getting it. It may be there. I hope you get to read it.

  3. I have been wanting to read this, I guess I need to start stalking the library!

  4. Sounds great--the anti-Bella strong girl: that's the kind of heroine I like!

  5. Finished it and you were right--great book that would make a great movie, and I can't wait to read the sequel!


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