Review: Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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[ Goodreads ] 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. 

Rating: 4  stars

My Review: 

In spite of all the recommendations I received, I was reluctant to start this book. Honestly, it all looked a bit too teen and twilight to me, and I often don’t like how wolves and werewolves are portrayed in literature. Shiver, however, was a pleasant surprise. I thought their concept of (were)wolves and how their bodies worked to be pretty interesting. 

I really liked the main characters – Grace and Sam – and their interactions, relationship, and just them together in general, I guess. That being said, it’s time to be objective – it all felt a bit too fanfic-like to me, too much fluff. Their relationship and how quickly it developed/progressed was unrealistic, romanticized and maybe even poorly developed. I understand that both of them have had some sort of obsession for each other for a few years but it could’ve been done better. (Still, as I mentioned earlier I really like them and I’m a sucker for cheesy fluff in fics.)

The plot and conflict were clear throughout the whole book but I didn’t predict the ending at all. I loved that. 

I read the Portuguese translation of this book (from the local library). Therefore, I can’t comment on the quality of the writing, but I’ll say that I hated that both Sam and Grace’s POV were written in the first person. It was confusing to the point that I had to reread certain passages – especially when the POV changed when they were still together.

To sum it up, I really enjoyed Shiver and was glued to the pages for the most parts. It’s exciting and mysterious and I enjoyed it very much. 

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