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: bn.com)