Books Review

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

February 10, 2010

Like Need and Hush, Hush, I fell in love with Shiver before I even read it, let alone owned it! I had asked Schuler Books if Scholastic had sent them an ARC of it, but they hadn’t. On a whim, I stopped by the store a few days later and there it was in all its blue and white glory. There were a few ARCs, so I spent a good five minutes trying to pick out the best one. I’m such a dork.

For those of you who haven’t read Shiver yet, it’s the beautiful and emotional story of Grace and her werewolf boyfriend, Sam. The problem is that Sam’s days as a human are numbered and it won’t be long until he permanently becomes a wolf.

What sets Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolves apart from others is that the temperature triggers the shift from human to wolf. The warmer it gets, the more control the wolves have over when they revert back to their human selves. As it gets the colder, the tougher switching back and forth becomes. Who knew the temperature could be so dangerous.

Thanks to a splendid cast of characters and Maggie Stiefvater’s poetic/lyrical writing, Shiver is a beautiful and irresistible novel. (I know I’ve said similar things about Hush, Hush and Need, but I honestly do feel this way about them all.) The point-of-view shifts between Grace and Sam, which enhances the story and makes it all the more beautiful. The only real problem I have with Shiver is with Grace’s parents. Their absence and lack of interest seems a little too convenient. But that’s the only fault I can find with it.

Just for fun, here’s a few interesting facts:

Shiver was originally called Still Wolf Watching
-The movie rights have been picked up by Unique Features

-The book’s font is blue. It’s blue. How awesome is that?
-Maggie Stiefvater has a study guide for Shiver and it can be located HERE. It would be fun if people look at the questions and answer some in the comments. No pressure, though.

Be on the look out the sequel, Linger, due out in the summer and be sure check out the following links for more information on Maggie Stiefvater and her writing:

Also, visit this great fansite:
(cover image taken from the Barnes and Nobles website:
  • Reply
    February 10, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Nice review and cool facts! Blue font? Wow. That is awesome.

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    February 10, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Blue font? Awesome. The paperback copy I own has a black cover with black font… I want a blue one now. 🙁

    Cool review.

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    February 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

    As awesome as the blue font is, it’s a darker blue so it almost looks black.

    Aye.Me? – What does your cover look like? I’m sure you could order a blue one from Amazon! 🙂

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    Kristi Faith
    February 10, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Very cool facts, and a great review. You certainly have me intrigued. I’ll have to pick it up.

  • Reply
    February 10, 2010 at 6:45 am

    My cover has the same pattern – see here. (That is also a shameless plug of my review. hehe)

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    February 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Aye.Me? – The black one looks cool and I loved reading your review!

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    February 19, 2010 at 4:49 am

    Check out our Shiver Fansite

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    September 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I wonder if linger’s font will be green, and what colour forever will be? 😕

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