Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater


byMaggie Stiefvater

Hardcover | August 1, 2009

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From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a love story with a feral twist

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting 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 and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.
Title:ShiverFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.56 × 5.87 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 5.87 × 1.3 inPublished:August 1, 2009Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545123267

ISBN - 13:9780545123266

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from great 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. Mercy Falls is our fictional town for this book, situated near the Canadian border, with houses that are back to back with the woods, and guess what’s out there? Werewolves. The story center’s about Grace, a teenager that was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was little, but ultimately saved by one of them, a very intense yellow-eyed wolf (wink wink). She now is OBSSESED with the wolves that run around the woods behind her house. Next in line is Sam, yellow eyed cutie (you see where this is going now?) he is the embodiment of teenage angst, honest I wanted to swoon and love him, but I just couldn’t do it. He has a really dark past that doesn’t let him grab his future by the reigns; he’s just there most of the time making up songs that come out friggin’ nowhere, I mean don’t get me wrong they were cute, but I could’ve lived without them. But he does have a good sense of humor “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.” So boy meets girl and they begin to investigate the death? of Jack, one of her classmates, which brings me to my favorite character in the whole series Isabel Culpeper, Jack’s sister. Dear god she is cunning and harsh. I love her. Her character is a breath of fresh air from all the monotony that sometimes takes over the book. There’s a big question mark in the story-line, and that is Sam. Werewolves only get a certain amount of years before they become wolves all the time.This is Sam’s last summer as a human, when the temperature drops he becomes a wolf, and when it rises he changes to human form. I have read some reviews about this book and its either love or hate. I’m in the middle. I want to know how the story will end. I want to know what happens to Sam, is he going to be a wolf forever? Is he going to get cured forever? Are they going to have a little wolf baby? Are Grace’s parents gonna actually act like parents? There’s only one way to find out.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Nostalgic I super enjoyed Shiver when I was younger. Although I never really was into werewolves, this book dragged me in. Definitely worth a read
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun teen read Although defiantly not one of the best written books i have ever written this was still a fun read. A unique spin on the werewolf myth and lots of great romance. Slightly cheesy a times this book has a very "teenish" quality to it, which is not necessarily a bad thing. A fun and light teen read with a good dash of fantasy in it.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not great Although the idea is kind of like a werewolf version of Twilight, I think it had potential. However, the execution was much like Twilight as well... and with even less action.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shiver #plumreivew First heard of this story in summer camp and instantly fell in love with it.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just No. I got to page 80 then had to stop. This book is just bad, cringe-filled, and super unrealistic. I did laugh aloud a couple times and not because the book is funny because it's just that bad. The day I read the phrase 'my wolf' again will be too soon.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not enjoy that much. The story sounded promising but I really had to push through this book to finish. It was interesting but not exciting enough for me to read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Love werewolves? Well this book won't make you cringe! (its actually really good)
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great spin on werewolves! I really enjoyed the way the werewolves are written in this series.
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool It's very enchanting and interesting to read.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bland Quite bland; not at all interesting. I really tried to give this book a chance, but it felt as though even the author didn't really care about the story. The characters were not relatable and the writing was boring, and so I didn't finish the book.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting take on werewolves I liked this book and recommended it to my teenage daughter - it's now her favourite book!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Cool story, i really enjoyed this #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sam! Great story - loved the characters. Hope the rest of the series is as satisfying.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book by Maggie Stiefvater This was the first book I read and bought by Maggie Stiefvater and has since been my favourite. Her writing is so descriptive, it makes you feel like you’re actually there, standing next to the characters. The story itself is beautiful. I think the concept of werewolves who become wolves in the winter and humans in the summer is really cool. I loved Grace and Sam, they were very relatable and they make a great couple.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shiver I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Actually couldn't wait to start the next one
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YASSSS this book was such a good book i honestly loved it out of the whole series this book was the best one
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh... I didn't enjoy this book at all honestly. I found the plot to be a bit slow and quite boring. I was expecting more out of it to be honest. Half way through the book, I couldn't handle it anymore. I was rooting for it and I tried my best to like but I just don't.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Started off slow but picked up and was lovely but sad as well. It was beautifully written that I later realised that its not slow but tragicly written. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I thought this book was okay and cute but i would not classify it as one of my favorites
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Shiver is my favourite book series. I love the characters and the plot! Great romance story, much better than twilight!
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I didn't enjoy this series at all. The romance was rushed, and overall it just wasn't well written in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive I love this book, it kept me coming back, I couldn't but it down!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book Absolutely beautiful writing. Maggie Stiefvater's words are lyrical and full of emotion.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am a sucker for a doomed love story This book drew me in and maybe it was because I could relate to Grace in some ways but also because I am definitely a sucker for a doomed love story. I wasn't expecting to enjoy the story as much as I did but it was really good.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not finish *****Minor Spoilers**** I disliked Grace so much that I just had to put this book down. Ignoring and demeaning her friends, family and the family of the boy who was killed all because of the eyes of a wolf who didn't kill her when she was young. Gah I wanted to scream at her stupidity and illogical decisions.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from light read it's really cute and maybe if i were younger, i might enjoy it more? recommend for stiefvater fans though!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stiefvater is a genius! My first Maggie Stiefvater book, and I was in no way disappointed! I love all of her work, and this book was so sharp, emotional and beautiful! Loved it!!!!!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I liked this book and it's unique take on werewolves, but it wasn't my favourite book to read; I would recommend it though
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! This book was beautiful, beautiful. I smiled I cried, I felt this story in my heart.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book but... It was a good book, but I couldn't finish it. I don't know why, but I did kinda like it
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good! It's really cool and its got an intriguing romance. I read the Raven Boys before I read this so I thought that this book was a little drab compared to the Raven Cycle. Still recommend though! Definitely worth your time.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Not the best, but definitely worth your time :)
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read i bought the book right after christmas and the moment i began to read it i couldn't put it down. Would for sure recommend
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Very unpredictable and intriguing romance. I've read it twice!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shiver This book was quite interesting at the start but it slowly dies down. However, it shows a lot of potential for whats yet to come. Am curious on how the author is going to continue the series.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Need This Series In Your Life!! I read the first book and I am so happy I did. I can't imagine my life without these books in it. They are amazing stories and every single one will leave you breathless! I would recommend this book any day!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Love the story, it got me out of my reading slump. Hate the new covers.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! This book was amazing! The storyline and the relationship between Sam and Grace is beautiful and their growing love for each other is cute! If you like romance with some supernatural mixed with it, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I really love this book and feels like it deserves way more attention! The concept is interesting and the romance is just too cute. I recommend this book to anyone because it is just amazing!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light read I enjoyed Shiver, it was the first book by Maggie Stiefvater I had read and since then I read everything she writes. It's nice light entertainment.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Had trouble finishing it I bought this book series as a set of three and I could barely get through the first book. I really wanted to like it especially because I bought all three and they each had different colour font based on the cover, so the design of them I really caught my eye. However, the characters weren't that likeable and didn't evolve or change at all. There wasn't much of a plot in terms of a problem or something to set it in motion. I do not like her writing style either, too kiddy and just not for me. Ended up donating the series to Goodwill.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suprisingly good! When I first started reading it I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I got addicted and really enjoyed this.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I was hoping for! Love this author. Steifvater can't fail! I've recommended her to friends and find myself rereading her books, too. Love the whole feeling she gives. This was great!
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favorite book of all time! I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful novel The synopsis may sound clichè but this is a unique story. Stiefvater is a very poetic writer, she writes her characters with rich detail, humor, and vulnerability. This is not a silly romance wolf is so much more!
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness This book was SOO fantabulus! I absoloutley loved it! I could not put it down until it was finished!
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I beilve this book is si emotinol and comlety amazing it made me happy and sad at the same time. I hav read a lot of books and this is ultimatlymy favortie.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If the paranormal appeals to you, then this is definitely worth a read! I finally read Shiver. It's been on my to-do list for a very long time. My daughter has owned this book for a few years now but I've just never found the time to sit down and read it. I've actually been following Maggie on Facebook and love her posts so decided it was time to read the book. And, unfortunately, Shiver just wasn't the book for me. There were a lot of things I loved about it: character development, setting, premise. But when it came down to it, I actually had to force myself to finish it. So what was my problem? A lot of the book seemed a bit Twilight-ish to me (and I hate saying that because Shiver is much better written than Twilight). I think it was the werewolf story itself. I'm just not intrigued enough by vampires, werewolves and such. They don't grab me and pull me into the story. A part of me is always hanging back thinking "Oh really?". When I think about it now, the only vampire or werewolf book, or even movies/television series, I truly became hooked on was Buffy. That aside, if you do like paranormal themes, Shiver is well done. The fact that you are able to get into both Grace's and Sam's head is a bonus. Maggie does an excellent job of switching point of view and that really gives this book some depth. You can also see how the secondary characters she introduces in Shiver may come to play an important role in future books. They are interesting and developed enough that the reader feels curiosity as to what will come of them. I'm not sure if I will read any more of the Shiver trilogy but the writing is strong and the characters are engaging. If the paranormal appeals to you, then this is definitely worth a read!
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Best Book in the Trilogy At two stars, claiming this book is the best in the trilogy does not bode well for the series. It's not that the book is poorly written. In fact, some of the descriptions are rather poetic, throughout the entire series. The problem is with the pacing and the relationships of some of the characters. First, the entire series is very slow. It is mostly a love story, with a few dramatic car crashes, guns, and wolf fights thrown in to liven things up. There is no big bad guy to fight, no murder mystery to solve, no crime to punish. What drives the main character is not self-discovery, or vengeance, or curiosity: it's keeping a boy from turning into a wolf. Sounds great. Sounds original, doesn't it? I agree, it does, but when the thing that turns him into a wolf is the cold, there is nothing for her to defend against. She seems to spend most of her time baking or reading, which is find. That is how I spend most of my time. But it does not make for a very exciting book. The relationships. The relationship between the main characters is wonderful. It is, in fact, beautiful. Sam is a gentleman, Grace is patient, they are both understanding. It is repeated throughout the series that they complete each other so well they can communicate without words, and it is wonderful to see a teen romance being treated in such a way. But theirs is not the only relationship in the book. The relationship between both main characters and their parents is less than perfect. In fact, there is no good parental role model in this book. The parental figures are neglectful, murderous, vengeful, controlling, manipulative, and self-absorbed. Whether it is Grace's father leaving her in the car as a child to almost die, Isabel's father not realizing the emotional pains he puts on his daughter, or Beck... well, that's a spoiler. It's a shame that a book that can make teenage love look beautiful makes parental relationships look so ugly. The main question I always ask at the end of the book is: would I want my child to read this? Yes, I would. I would want them to read Shiver, but not Linger or Forever. And, when they are done reading Shiver, I would give them a hug and tell them how much I love them, because I would not ever want them to see me as an enemy the way the parents come across as hostile to Sam and Grace.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shiver An excellent story I plan to re-read it. I wasn't a huge fan of Grace at the beginning but the further I read I found myself drawn deeper into the story. I will definitely be reading the sequel.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing captivating book Iv'e read this book at least three times since i bought it, the series is one that will make you wish it had never ended. 
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shiver Just to slow, nice story, I enjoy a much faster paced story.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from "Twilight?" Okay, I read about half of the book and then I had to stop because I thought, Grace's character is the same as Bella, both aren't very realistic characters. Let's put it this way, this is legit, a copy of Twilight. I won't say anything more except, please don't buy this novel. TheBookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling I. Love. This. Book. I had heard so many positive remarks (and some negative critiques) about Stiefvater’s trilogy that after coming across Shiver and Linger at a book swap I volunteered at last month, I just knew I had to get reading them (who doesn’t love free books?). And boy, am I glad I did. It’s been a while since I’ve read a YA book and I just got sucked into this story. Now a lot of people will read the word “werewolf” and immediately scoff and put it back on the shelf. But I promise you—this is nothing like Twilight. There is no convoluted love triangle side story. No creepy obsessions. No lacking plot or dialogue. Just an all around good, make-you-happy-while-making-you-cry story. I enjoyed the note of beastiality in the book; it’s just fascinating. Grace was in love with Sam before she even knew Sam as a human—she was in love with Sam, her wolf protector. And this mysterious allure to this wolf soon turns into an obsession. An obsession that you don’t fully understand until you read the end of Linger. Sure that sounds strange. I get that as a teenager, there must have been some human boy that should have tickled Grace’s fancy, instead of her pining over something she doesn’t quite know or understand yet. But I liked that connection between the two of them, because it made their human relationship that much more realistic. It makes sense why they fell in their relationship so fast, because they had loved each other for years prior to meeting in flesh. The ending upset me though. Not because it was sad, but because it was unrealistic. I know, in a book with werewolves, human-wolf love connections, being unrealistic shouldn’t be a problem, right? But it so was. I won’t spoil it for those who are going to read Shiver, but to those who have read it: You must know what I’m talking about. The actions Sam took at the end were not that of a loving, gotta-be-with-my-girlfriend teenage boy. Stiefvater clearly just wanted to drag the suspense out longer than necessary, which ticked me off. Come on, Maggie. Another thing that upset me was Grace’s parents. Not because they weren’t realistic (I mean, you hear stories of parents leaving kids in cars and acting more like roomies and children themselves than responsible parents all the time), but because of how Grace was affected by her relationship with them. The mask she wore hid all the pain she felt by her parents’ absence, and that was hard for me to see. I guess I’ve been lucky with two loving parents who are equal parts responsible and fun. But it’s hard to see how some children get the short end of the parent stick. But there were many, many reasons why this book did it for me. The most important being the words Stiefvater chose to create this world. They were so lyrical, so melt-on-your-mouth worthy, that I wanted to keep reading more so for the words I would read than the story itself (because truth be told, the story is definitely predictable). This story is like a curl-up-on-the-couch, listen-to-moody-instrumental-music, drink-hot-tea-to-ward-off-Stiefvater’s-chilly-environment, immerse-oneself-in-this-haunting-tale kind of book. THE WORDS. Stiefvater’s construction of words. The feelings those words invoked. I can’t say enough. Now, I want to tackle a topic I saw a lot of on the Goodreads reviews: Sam. Most called him a replica of Edward—whiney, emotional, shy, and sad. I agree to all of them. But if you had spent 10years of your life lost in a wolf’s body for every winter of each year against your will, and had had parents who tried killing you for what you were as a boy, wouldn’t you be too? I love seeing romantic, in-tune-with-their-emotions, sensitive men in books. Mainly because my own man is like that. Plenty of times while reading I stopped and thought, “Hey, this sounds like Fil and I.” Which probably made me like the story more, seeing as how I could relate to it further. I loved the relationship between him and Grace, how effortlessly it flowed, how natural they acted. The dialogue was simple, but it was honest. It didn’t feel made up or forced. Sam and Grace felt like two teenagers who wanted more than was possible, struggling to see a future admist the shadows of mythology, science and elements they can’t control. Somewhere in the book Grace tells Sam, “You are beautiful and sad.” I don’t think there’s a better way to describe this story. It’s a small, intimate tale that deserves to be read with an open mind. You can view more of book reviews here:
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book captured a soft part in me. It wasnt to intense yet it was. All i can say is that it delievered. A very soft read.
Date published: 2013-05-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shiver I read all three of the books. This the one I liked the most.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Easy read for all. I read this on the recommendation of a Twilight fan site writer. It may have a couple of parts too mature for pre-teens and teems, but is otherwise a fascinating book. The author's sequel to this, "Linger," is a good book as well, but not nearly as captivating as "Shiver." Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Paranormal romance Grace and Sam are star crossed lovers. One a wolf and the other a girl. Except the wolf has become human one last time and the girl should have been just like him. Grace was once bitten and saved by Sam but for reason she never turned like he did. Ever since that day Grace has watched out her window for the wolf who saved her until a human with the same eyes shows up at her door shot by hunters trying to rid the forest of wolves. It seemed to Grace like the best thing that could have happened to her until she realizes Sam's days as a human are numbered. But are they? The tragic nature of their relationship helps to create romantic tension between the characters right from the start. Every page has an underlying feeling of sadness and loss even when they are together. The author also creates an interesting contrast in the characters' relationships with their parental figures. The characters are well developed and you truly feel their pain. This book is very well written and a great read. It was very hard to out down.
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Not as good as twilight! But enough to make me continue to the second novel.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good so far... I have to say I love Maggie's way of writing, Im only a couple of pages in and I think her writing style is the only aspect that caught my attention to keep on reading. The plot itself is ok, it catches your attention right off the bat.
Date published: 2012-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from young teenage love This is a different take on werewolves, and I really liked it. Grace and Sam first meet when she is eleven, and attacked by his pack of wolves. He was a wolf and for some reason he didn’t understand, he saved her and took her away from the attack. Grace has been fascinated by this yellowed eyed wolf ever since. Her backyard touches the forest, so she is able to observe the wolves all winter. These wolves shapeshift based on the temperature changes of the seasons. During summer, they are human and during winter they are wolves. Unlike other ‘were’ stores I’ve read, when these are in wolf form, they do not continue to have human thoughts and emotions--they are all animal. As a wolf, Sam doesn’t remember his human life. The first time he meets Grace as a human, (he is 18, she is 17) she finds him shot and bleeding on her back deck. He’s a naked boy, and it’s freezing outside. She brings him in, and helps him out and quickly realizes that this is her wolf. His yellow eyes give him away. We just have to go with the flow that this is a story and she just immediately believes in werewolves. Her parents are pretty much absentees, so she is able to keep Sam in her room for quite a while before they even know he has been there. Sam is running out of time because this is his last season as a human before he becomes a wolf for the rest of his life. He doesn’t tell this to Grace at first, and he just wants to spend as much time with her as he can. Oh yes--Grace was bitten by a wolf years ago, wasn’t she? Why has she not changed into a wolf? Is she going to? Meanwhile, some other kids have been bitten by wolves, and there is a really good subplot going on with good side characters. Ok, I'm rambling and not really saying what I want to say. I will just stop now. Check out some of the other reviews on this one. You can feel their sadness as the time ticks by. I really liked it, and I look forward to the second in this series.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cold weather really makes you wonder.... Meet Grace who lives in Mercy Falls, MN. She has a history with wolves and has obsessed over them as she has grown up due to her history. Now, events in town are changing things and she sees who/what the wolves really are. Follow Grace and Sam in their adventure together trying to figure life, love and their future together (or not)?
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something to Pass the Time I really liked this book. I read Twilight, Divergent, Hunger Games, Hush Hush, City of Bones, etc. All these really good series. As I am waiting for some of the last of the books to come out.. I needed something else to read. This is what someone at Chapters recommended. It was good, not as good as any of the books listed above but it was a page turner. It kept me interested, and I did fall in love with the characters. It is a must read if you liked any of the above books.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Started a little slow, but picked up in 2nd half 3.75 stars Grace was bitten by wolves when she was 11 years old. She recovered, but for the past 6 years, she has had a fascination with one of the wolves, who she still sees in the woods behind her house. When a boy at school is killed by wolves, Grace is worried for them, as she doesn't want them hurt. Sam is human and a wolf; he changes with the cold or heat. He has been watching Grace, even as a wolf, ever since she was bitten. With people now afraid of the wolves, and now that he (as a human) has met Grace, he doesn't want to turn back into a wolf, but he's not sure how long he can hold it off. It was a little slow to start, but I thought it really picked up in the second half. I quite liked it, and plan to continue the trilogy. It had a bit of a different take on werewolves, with the heat vs. cold as an example, so that was kind of interesting, too.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start to series ** spoiler alert ** I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It's a take on werewolves that I haven't seen before, with them changing due to temperature and eventually staying a wolf. When Grace was a child, she was pulled off a tire swing and attacked by a group of wolves but another wolve saves her. That wolf was Sam and because of that night, Grace becomes obsessed with the wolves, especially Sam. Sam becomes just as obsessed with her. Grace and Sam are innocent and the progression of their relationship through the book is really sweet. Sam's been waiting for Grace to change since the night she was attacked but she never does and Grace keeps looking for her wolf with the yellow eyes without knowing he's a boy. Sam writes song lyrics in his head and Grace reads, they're characters with hobbies and interests outside each other. I would have like to see more development with the side characters like Beck and Olivia and the rest of the wolves. I felt like I was missing information that would have made them feel more like real characters that I could care about instead of just characters who happened to know the main characters. I'm hoping to see more of them in the next books. The parents in this book, like a lot of YA books, are almost non-existent or horrible. Sam's parents tried to kill him when he was younger and Grace's parents are so absent that they don't notice Sam's living in Grace's bedroom. Beck acted as Sam's parent for most of his childhood and practically raised him, telling Sam more than once that he 'was the best of them'. The ending seems a little to good to be true, which probably means the couple is in for some huge fights to stay together and should make the next book fun to read.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute romantic read A perfect holiday read. Curling up next to the fire with this novel accompanied with a blanket and hot chocolate will be the sprinkles to any rainy or snowy day.
Date published: 2012-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely gorgeous! WOW. Wow, wow, wow. Why did I ever wait so long to pick up this book? I've heard so many mixed things about it that I was kind of scared at first — but then I started Shiver just before I went to bed and I couldn't put it down! Not everyone can pull off writing a book from two alternating first person narratives, but Maggie Stiefvater definitely can! Her writing was so perfect and fitting for the story. I felt like I was right inside the book, surrounded by endless forests, lonely cold winters, and a town full of werewolves that were so different than what I was used to. For two characters who had such generic names, Sam and Grace were absolutely amazing! I ADORED Grace with her strength, determination, and heart of gold. And Sam, who had to live with the infection that made him turn into a wolf every winter, was so heartbreakingly real and good that I wanted to cry every time he was in pain. I swear almost did! But it wasn't just the awesome cast (with so many other great characters!) that made this book so good. It was the twisting plot, the oh-so-original werewolf lore, and the moments that stole my breath away! I could not put this one down for the life of me! Beautiful and lyrical and 100% enchanting, Shiver was a book that surprised me immensely — in all the right ways! I would definitely recommend this book, and I'm SO excited to read the next book in the series! :) BUY or BORROW?: Definitely a book you want on your shelf! It's such a powerful read!
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It was disappointing... Call me crazy, but I didn't really enjoy this book. It just didn't catch my attention in the way I expected it to. Sure it had a nice ending, I'll admit that much, but it just, wasn't my idea of a good book. It's a cute story, with a cute story line, and a cute couple, but everything else, with the guy that gets turned and everything, it just seemed pointless. There were some parts that caught my attention, but overall, I just couldn't wait to finish the book. And I don't mean in the, "OMG! WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN!" kind of way. It was more in the, "Ugh... Is it done yet?" kind of way. This is just my personal opinion. Read the book and prove me wrong, that it really was an amazing book. But until then I still don`t think this was a book worth reading.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books I was suggested by a friend to read Shiver, and I am glad that I did. It is a mesmerizing and enchanting story that you will lose yourself in over and over again. I cried, laughed, and sometimes even both while reading this novel. Once I finished, I was hungry for more and immediately set out for the next book. This is now one of my favorite books of all time, and now has a special spot on my bookshelf along with the next two novels in the trilogy.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I was walking through the local Chapters one night not too long ago when I happened upon this book. I had just finished reading "The Hunger Games Trilogy" and so I was craving for another extraordinary read like it. So, when I came upon a display that had not only The Hunger Games, but similar books to it, I spent my time in the store browsing through the like titles. Some I had previously read, others were just a world waiting to be explored. I'll admit, it was the cover that drew me to it at first. Its abstract synopsis on the back gave me little insight to what I was in store for. After several minutes of debating, and my routine reading of the first few pages, I decided to go with my gut and I picked up the trilogy. Three days later, being unable to tear myself from the breathtaking story of Sam and Grace, I ruefully finished it and immediately after, I wanted to start reading it again. It tugged at my heartstrings, made me laugh and even want to cry. It is a beautifully written masterpiece and I would encourage anyone who was looking to read of a story with soul and good caliber to pick up this book and just get lost in the beautiful story about a boy and a girl and their undying love for one another.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing Do you know the feeling, when you pick up a book and think "This looks alright." And you finally finish that book and you feel all jittery and excited? This is exactly what will happen to you if you read this book. The story is excellent, and you get it from both Sam and Grace's perspective, so you understand more about BOTH their feelings. I could hardly put it down, I just kept reading and reading. Sometimes I smiled, sometimes I cried. It was just utterly fantastic, I totally recommend Shiver to anyone. It's not like werewolves from Twilight at all. It's sooo much better!
Date published: 2011-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic love story, modern telling Is it normal for a sixteen year old girl to sit in her yard or stare from her window to watch the wolves in the forest behind her house. It has been for Grace ever since she was bitten by wolves when she was young. In particular she is watching for that one wolf who saved her from certain death when the rest of the pack attacked. Sam has kept a watchful eye on Grace since that day she survived the wolf attack. Whether it was from the forest at her backyard, or from one of his assorted summer jobs, he has been concerned for her. During this time, Sam has led a most unusual life, boy in summer and wolf in winter. This is essentially the modern re-telling of a classic tale of a love not meant to be. Boy wants girl, girl wants boy but circumstances stand in their way. I found this a fresh approach to a story that could have been very predictable. I enjoyed the character of Sam. He never totally accepts his situation, but he deals with it in a mature fashion. Grace is a bit whiny for me. She mopes around quite a bit, staring at the forest. Come on girl, get a back bone. I would have liked to spend more time with Beck. He has spent only his adult years changing and has a career as well unlike the other wolves. All in all, an enjoyable tale. This unabridged version was produced by Scholastic Audio, 10 hours 43 minutes. Read by David LeDoux and Jenna Lamia.
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wonderful story! As soon as I read the first short chapter I was hooked. I love how this author writes. This story is about a girl who is in love were a wolf. A werewolf, but there are no moons involved. The wolves are human during summer and wolves during winter. Their winters are counted though until one year they stay a wold forever. Grace tries to find a way to stay with the wolf/boy that she has loved since she was little. How to keep a boy from changing back into a wolf? Read to find out. It is a very sad story and I found myself tearing up at some points. Read to enjoy!
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must Read The first time I picked up this book I forced myself to read it. The second time was different; I just couldn't put it down. Although it started off a bit slowly, I found myself intrigued by the relationship between Sam and Grace. I felt like I was there, watching them, and I could not escape their world. Their emotions were so strong which I found the author portrayed fantastically. Maggie Stiefvater couldn't have written this book more beautifully and everything was certainly comprehensible, meaning no loose ends at all. The ending did feel like it should be the end, seeing as some parts were dragged on since the entire book was Sam and Grace, Sam and Grace, Sam and Grace which was the only downer. I wanted to know more about the wolves, which hopefully will be included in Linger.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be a Stand Alone **Possible Spoilers But I Really Doubt It :)** The first thing I thought when Sam met Grace was: He doesn't seem as shy around Grace as he was before. Shiver was written beautifully, I loved all the metaphors that Stiefvater used throughout the book. However, there were a few things that bothered me. Number one being Sam. His character just seemed so... defenseless. I often found myself cringing at his problems. I don't know how to explain it . . . It's almost as if he'd never grown up since the incedent with his parents. Like he didn't know how to deal with everything going on. . . Or something like that. Another thing that bothered me was how unbearably similar this book was to twilight. Okay, there's no love-triangle, but that's all that the book is about: the love, just like twilight. Okay, there are other things, but this is the most promenent. I really liked how Stiefvater twisted the classic view of werewolves! That was really cool to read about. :) The book did get really intense in the last 50 pages, and I felt like it could have been left as a stand-alone book and not made into a trilogy considering the way it ended.
Date published: 2011-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Have to get into it to like it! this book was an okay book at the begininng because it was the frist one but as soon as you get to the part where the two lovers meet you will not want to put the book down!!! I finished the book in two days...only because i didn't want to get into it but i eventually did and could not put it down!!!! right now i'm attemping to read the next one but hope this helps your decision and hope you end up liking the book as much as i did!!!!
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Always Shivering I really enjoyed this story, it's not those werewolves stories that are fading out now. *Cough, cough* Along with vampires as well. At first I thought the story was going to be a bit boring, but once I read the little blurb, I instantly loved the idea.
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love omg i loved this book alot it is alot like twilight but not in a way twilight was way better but this still is way up there
Date published: 2011-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I really wanted to like it but.... Last summer I was on a reading rampage, I breezed through Cassandra Clare's City of Bones series and Collin's the Hunger games. I really wanted to like this book after reading all the good reviews but I found it lack luster with a terribly slow plot. I just didn't get the hook, the adventure, the excitement that I felt from my other reads. I guess that's what happens after you read the Hunger games. I read half of it before finally giving up.
Date published: 2011-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This was a great series Loved loved loved ! this book. It was perfect!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not bad I picked up this book seeing as I've been on a supernatural-esque book reading tangent. It wasn't quite what I expected. The story itself isn't bad I like some of the twists on classic werewolves but overall it seemed a little bit bland. I think this book was definitely aimed at younger readers and doesn't necessarily appeal to older readers like some Teen novels do. I liked the character of Grace but was a bit annoyed by Sam, the song lyrics were a bit much in my opinion. Reading it is definitely not a waste of time but I probably won't read it over again.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Ah, Shiver. The first reason why I picked it up is because the book is beautiful. Did I regret picking it up? No. Was it good? Yes. First of all, this book doesn’t have the best plot ever. Yet, I couldn’t seem to care. There are some points in the book where nothing seems to be really going on, except live with Sam and Grace. Yet, I love the interaction between both of them, so I didn’t mind. Stiefvater writes beautifully. I was captivated by the way she writes her characters, how she describes everything; the smell, the emotions… The changing point of view may annoy some readers, but it didn’t annoy me. It think it helps understand why they act the way they do. I have read that many feels like it is Twilight: Team Jacob version, because they feel the characters are similar. I don’t really think so. Sam isn’t as old-fashioned as Edward, or as impulsive as Jacob. Grace isn’t as helpless as Bella. I like Grace. Yes, she is slightly obsessed with wolves, but wouldn’t anyone be in a way if they were attack by some when they were young? The ending could’ve been a little better for me, because I feel like there was something missing in the last chapters. Maybe it is because everything will be answered in Linger (or not as there is a third, Forever, coming soon.), but I feel like she could have given a little more, or even a little less. Overall, I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to go to Chapter to pick Linger up. I give Shiver an 8.5/10. Peace, love and lots of books! For more review:
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really gripping I found this book really delightful, I really enjoyed the charaters and the plot.. I really loved how Maggie Stiefvater changed up the idea of the werewolf . Not to mention I totally adored the ending. over all a really good read.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fss... I don't know about this one. I couldn't seem to get past the first few chapters. Great attempt though, it could just be me having trouble but there was no immediate hook and a confusing plot.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for teens The story was ok, I felt the love between Sam and Grace. The plot was predictable, but it was straight forward. At the end it was what most reader desired. I felt that it could add a little more suspense, but other than that. Pretty decent book, right on topic and didn't leave me wondering too much. Can't wait till I can seize the next book "linger"
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!!.. shiver is a fantastic read.... I LOVED IT... theres not much to say about it it thats how good it was.. the little components that the author wrote in the book were amazing... i love the way she told the different stories of how they became wolves... i also loved the relationship between grace and sam it was soo cute.. overall AMAZING READ!!!!
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just ok After reading the reviews I was very excited to pick up this book. I was left slightly dissapointed by the characters. The main character, Grace, is very obsessive and her personality is lacking. I was a huge fan of Twilight and maybe went in to reading Shiver with expectations that were too high. I found it very well written, and despite what I said above I will still read linger :)
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from every girl needs a guy like Sam book was great from start to end and an absolute page turner
Date published: 2010-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweetest Romance I loved the whole idea of the story! I never wanted the book to end. Sam is one of the sweetest guys, Grace and Sam have stumbled into one of the cutest romances.:) I don't want a Edward Cullen or Jacob Black, I want a Sam!
Date published: 2010-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it, but not sure how the story will continue... Grace was attacked by wolves as a child, and always remembered the one with the yellow eyes. He didn't attack her, he helped save her. She grew up watching him in the woods every winter. But he was never around in the summer. Grace is about to find out why, and a whole world is about to unravel. The novel started off a little slow for me, but when it picked up, it really picked up. Shiver is a love story, complete with mystery and a little bit of action. What I did like about it was the take on werewolves. I wouldn't even really put the "were" infront of it. When you change, you become a wolf. You get to keep some of your memories, but for the most part, you become a wolf. It was a nice change that I wish had been played on a little more. I'm a little curious as to how Linger will be written, because Shiver seemed to end just about everything (and a little too quickly for my taste), not leaving me particularily with any questions for the next novel. *Spoilers Ahead* It was definitely a happy, romantic, love-story ending (almost to the point of cheese), but I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that there was a cure. I would have liked to have seen (although I don't know how it would've happened) Grace turn wolf. That could have opened up the story so much more. Wow, Jack. Did that really just happen? They make him a main character, and give him an amazing plot line, just to give him a half a sentence and he's dead!? I'm not sure how they can continue the story with Shelby as wolf and Sam and Grace as humans. But clearly it does go on since I have Linger on my bookshelf, so I really do hope it's good, since I do really like this story.
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I don't think that I would have picked this book up if it was just sitting on the shelf. I picked it up because it was on the Teen Choice Awards shelf and was pleasantly surprised. This was an excellent book. At first I thought it would be a similar book to Twilight and those books which are not my favourite, but it was far from that! it was a fast paced emotional read!
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! I just finished Shiver. And honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with it. I had made a summer reading list, and when I bought it, I wasn't expecting very much. However, I found that the two perspective way of laying out the book made the plot very interesting. The book does not have the "supernatural" feel that I was expecting. However, that only made the plot more charming. I can surely say that I'll be buying the sequel very soon!
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then Twilight!!!! This Book has to be the best book in the history of boooks!!! This was such an awsome book to read and something i enjoyed ALOT more the twilight! Its about a girl and a boy who fall in love but the boy is a werewolf and the girl was supposed to be but isn't. This book is something that you just can't put down even for homework,dinner,sleep... etc you just can't put it down untill till you finsh! and then you read it over and over and over again! Untill the sequels come out Linger is already out and i'm soon getting it. I'm sure that the sequel is great! I hear theres a Movie coming out and i'm sure goin see this if i don't i'd die!!! Maggie Stiefvater tottaly deserves more attention for her work!
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as many people make it out to be... This book had an unbelievable start, a decent middle, and a completely unbelievable, overdone, cheesy, rushed ending. And I don't even know what you could possibly make the second book about... The ending was so overdone, it should have just been THE ENDING. This book had such an unbelievable start, but the rest was all teenage angst and drama... This book is a so-so read. The great beginning almost makes up for the stupid ending and boring middle.
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enthralling! Shiver is an amazing fictional novel that I would give to anyone who loves a good Romeo & Juliet tradgety that makes you want the book to end in happiness. As Romeo & Juliet as it is there's always a nagging feeling that it will end great. I'm not going to give away any details but this book is amazing, Grace is the main character who makes you want to be her, and Sam is an incredible heroin that you'd love to read about over & over again. Shiver is well recomended and has a sequel and trequel coming out in the next year.
Date published: 2010-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome in the start you might get a little confused about how it works but every chapter it will say someone's name and that is who is talking for the chapter. It's a really good book you should read it i can't wait for the sequel to come out!!! hope you like it
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This books really was wonderful. Stiefvater has a way with words. It's summer now, but while reading this, I could almost feel the cold that was creeping over the characters. It was a nice change to read a teen novel that felt older in it's years. this will more then likely become one of my books that are being held together by tape and string because of how many times I'll read it. I really cannot wait till book two comes out in July.
Date published: 2010-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Maggie Stiefvater has written a romantic love story between Grace and a werewolf named Sam. Getting straight to the point, I thought Shiver was quite a good read and beautifully written. I fell in love with the two main characters and could really feel what they were going through. I also loved how the story was told from both Grace and Sam's point of view. The ending was exceptionally brilliant and had hit me from no where. Now getting to the lows, I did feel the story was a bit a slow moving for my taste ( I usually prefer novels with more action taking place) and instead I found most of the book to be filled with moments shared together by the main couple...which just tended to drag on a little bit. Overall, the writing is just WOW and the main highlight. If you're really into supernatural love stories then pick this one up. I'm definitely going to be reading the sequel when it comes out!
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't know wolves were poetic!!! She's very poetic with her words. There was a soft touch she had that warmed your heart whenever you read them never mind the whole book was based on stayed warm to prevent something from happening (not telling if u haven't read it). I didn't get the beginning. Was a bit confused as to what the attack had to do with anything and where it was going. But it made sense as I went through the book. Also, stopping in the middle of the chapter and doing something in the meantime, then coming back to it was confusing as well. I had to see at the beginning of the chapter if this was Grace or Sam talking. Great book. I'm glad a sequel is coming out though I really don't know what to expect. Which makes me even more excited to be reading the next one.
Date published: 2010-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I thought this book was ok. It took me a bit to get into. I had just finished reading Cassanda Clare's "The Mortal Instrument" series when I picked up some books by Stiefvater. It's about a girl who was almost killed by wolves when she was little and had happened to be bitten by one. Another wolf stoped the pack and ever since, she was amazed by the wolves. The one that saved her always watched her. Ends up they're a group of werewolves that change to humans in the warm season and back to wolves for the cold, but as the years go the changes are shorter and then they cease to change. The wolf becomes human and meets the girl and of course, they fall in love and she tires to keep him human as long as possible because he thinks it's his last season. Meanwhile a rogue wolf is on a rampage and they try to stop them. Eh, not one of my top 10 books, but was different. I am on the fence with this author because I also read Lament (which i liked) and Ballad (not so much). She is definitely a hit or miss with me.
Date published: 2010-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IF YOU HAVENT READ THIS>>>THEN UR MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING GREAT!! okay, this story is about a 17 year old girl Grace and she gets attacked by wolves like six years ago, but one of the wolves with golden eyes saves her. Since, then that goldon eyes wolf starts watching her from her backyard woods and Grace watches him for six years. Then one day, a boy ends up on her door step with GOLDEN eyes.... This is a beautiful, light read with such strong emotions that will move you deeply. I really enjoyed it, its slow in some places,but does pickup the pace to keep you going.Overall though, I loved it.It's a must read, I just finished it and i didnt know there was sequel...but i soon as I found out that this is a Trilogy........iam like OMG>>>I CANT WAIT!!!great read:)
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WIN SHIVER!!! Im having a contest at my blog where you can win a copy of Shiver and some more stuff here.
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words to describe. this book is amazing! can't wait for the sequel!! i love Sam!!! read it or wish you did!
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Fabulous Read with a New Take The parallels of awesomeness I'm about to draw will blow your mind. Okay, so that's total bull. Unless it does blow your mind in which case go me! I digress. While I read this book I realized a few things that unknown to me, defined this brunette from an early age and something that caused my fandom heart to burst with wonderful nostalgia while I read this. Lets start with a defining moment. When I was little, like kindergarten age, I remember going on family vacationsw or driving out to my Uncle's cabin and listening to Meat Loaf. It was my Mom's favorite and while the cassette cover disturbed me (young children should not be exposed to rippled men on motorcycles bursting out of hell, it's begging for them to have a love for the speed racer/bad boy types) I loved the music. One of my favorites was "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)". The song started with the following: "[Boy:] On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses? // [Girl:] Will he offer me his mouth // [Boy:] Yes. // [Girl:] Will he offer me his teeth? // [Boy:] Yes. // [Girl:] Will he offer me his jaws? // [Boy:] Yes. // [Girl:] Will he offer me his hunger? // [Boy:] Yes. // [Girl:] Again, will he offer me his hunger? // [Boy:] Yes! // [Girl:] And does he love me? // [Boy:] Yes. // [Girl:] Yes. // [Boy:] On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses? // [Girl:] Yes. // [Boy:] I bet you say that to all the boys!". I didn't get all the implications or smuttiness that the song implied I just thought it was about Red Riding Hood or something like that. This was the start of my wolf love. Now when I read a werewolf novel I know I'm loving and enjoying the book if this song jumps in my head. This song was on instant reply while I read Stiefvater's book. Her characters were easy to fall for and from the first few paragraphs I knew this would be unlike other books I'd read from this genre and/or category. I liked how Stiefvater set this book up for the series. I felt like I got lots and really started to learn about the characters without being worried that in the next installments I'd get bored. I absolutely loved how Stiefvater didn't make Grace a whiner. She has her issues but was still written lovable and even with her at times absent parents that whole story line wasn't written like others I've read. Somehow I found it to be fresh, perhaps because it managed to stay balanced while giving it meat and adding to character development. I also loved the style of this book, how we got chapters written in Grace's POV and others in Sam's, again, I liked the balance and insight that I got. Sometimes when it's all first person I get the longing to know what the other is thinking or feeling. I got that with this, yet I never found myself confused or that it tore my focus. My favorite thing about this book, other than listening to Meat Loaf on replay, was the romance between Grace and Sam. Their whole journey and how he watched her for so long and she waited for him and how they longed for each other but figured it to be impossible was so Buffy & Angel. It was early seasons BtVS and how their budding romance was full of chaste kisses and simply being in each others presence. I found that far more romantic than if they just jumped into making out. The build up of it all was wonderful and filled in gaps where the plot may have slacked a bit. When there was a little plot slack I found I didn't care because I was so engaged in these two as both individuals and as a pair. Easily, the best teen/ya romance I've read. I wish more were like this. Definitely recommend this book to others. I think those that enjoy this genre will love this first book and Linger (book 2) is now on my must snag list. I hope with book 2 we get more from other characters, as the cast has a slew of potential.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it One of the dumbest, least enjoyable books i have ever read. Just too much cliche for me to handle... . It could have been something but the lack of imagination made it very dull; i had to give it back to the store because it wasn't worth keeping. If you're tired of werewolves i strongly recommend you don't read this book, that is all.
Date published: 2010-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't build up to much I don't have much to say about "Shiver". I disliked the characters in the novel and I found the plot dull and lacking of any excitement. There was nothing you could grasp onto in the story, and the romance aspect seemed forced & rushed. Nothing really happens in the story to push it forward. It just stays there with the same repetitive feeling of things.
Date published: 2010-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A love story for all ages. Shiver is a beautiful story written by magie stiefater. It is about first love, true love and magic, the real and pretend kind. When grace was a little girl she was attacked by wolves and ever since she has been fasiniated with them one in particular, the one who saved her. This wolf was special to her his eyes were beautiful, she will always know her wolf by his eyes and he was always around when it was cold, peering through the woods of her backyard. At school all grace ever talked about to her two best friends, olivia and rachel were the wolves, so they knew that grace would react to the news they had. One of the student's had been killed by wolves and the towns people were going to kill them. Grace couldn't stand the thought of anything happening to them, so she went to the woods to stop them, and she did by telling them that one of her friends were in these woods, but not before some shots went off. Later that night while warm in her bed grace heard a noise, a kind of scraching noise comming from her back deck, thinking that it was her wolf she ran outside only to stop at the sight before her. It wasn't her wolf, but a boy laying naked bleeding form a gun shot wound. Grace dragged him to the car and while driving to the hospital she couldn't help but think that there was something familier about him, something in his eyes and then it dawned on her, the wolf, her wolf, this boy had the very same eyes. When sam woke up in the hospital at first he didn't know where he was but then he spotted grace and he knew everything was going to be ok. Sam was her wolf as he explained to her and him being here now was weird because he could only turn human in the summer because cold weather turns him into the wolf. He guesses the shock of near death is the reason but who cares because he is here with grace and they can be together if only for a short time. Grace sneeks sam into her house which isn't too hard since her parents are never around and over the next few weeks sam stays with her sleeping in her bed and stealing sweet kisses but nothing more, always afraid of more. As the days get colder it's harder for sam to stay in his human form, but he wants to stay, fight, to be with grace because he is in love with her and she feels the same way. This is a great fairy tale that brings warmth and a shiver to me. It also shows us the possibility of true love and wiling to fight for it. 2010-028
Date published: 2010-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm up to Shiver! I really enjoyed this fantasy novel about an unlikely love between a girl and a wolf. This story is not to be confused with your average girl loves a werewolf tale as the lupines in this story are not a cross between human and wolf, but either or depending on the weather. Grace, the protagonist, is saved from a pack of wolves in her youth by a quiet, yellow eyed wolf who she immediately feels connected to. When Grace meets her wolf, Sam, in human flesh sparks fly--if only they were warm enough to keep Sam near, and human. This is a wonderful fantasy tale for the young romantic in us all.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly enjoyable While reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, I was impressed that the story and dialogue weren't as typical as I had imagined them to be. It's written in first-person through the eyes of both Grace and Sam. The prose was enjoyable, especially the description of the scenery. My only problem was that the ending should have been at least a few paragraphs longer with a brief explanation of how it came to be that way. I also wanted to know what would happen next. I liked that there was six years of longing between the two lovers in this novel, thus making the characters’ actions more credible. I enjoyed the few references to Rainer Maria Rilke’s poetry, and when Sam created lyrics in his mind. The beginning and end were interesting, some of the middle part was slightly less, but overall, the pages seemed to fly by. When Grace was eleven, she was carried away from her backyard swing by a pack of werewolves. It was winter and the pack was famished. Sam, one of the werewolves, stood at the back, watching the others. When he came forward, he saw Grace bleeding on the ground, not even struggling for her life. He thought she looked like an angel. She merely gazed into his yellow eyes, mesmerised. Sam, then, instructed the pack to leave her be, and they did. That was six years ago. Grace, 17, still watches the woods, still looks for her yellow-eyed wolf. And her wolf, in turn, comes to watch her. However, when summer comes, her wolf no longer comes. And as the cold of winter returns, the wolf, too, returns. May contain spoilers: One day everything changes. Jack Culpeper, a boy at her high school is found dead as a result of being attacked by the wolves. Jack is from a rich family, and his father wants the wolves in that area to be shot. Jack, however, isn’t really dead; he is undergoing the transformation to become a werewolf. Grace, upon hearing this news, races back towards her house, whose backyard faces the woods. She wants to save her wolf, the one that saved her many years ago. But her car breaks down. She does make it back to her house later, and when she races to the backyard to see the woods, she sees a naked boy leaning on the glass door with a bullet wound on his neck. All she recognises are his yellow eyes, and she knows that it’s him, her wolf. Sam changes into a human in the summer, and back into a werewolf in the colder months. However, this can’t go on forever. One year, a werewolf stops changing into a human, and stays a wolf forever. And Sam knows that this year will be his last year to turn into a human. Knowing that Sam cannot stay in his human form forever, the scenes with him and Grace seemed more sacred to the characters themselves. Grace was bitten by the werewolves as a child, but didn’t change into one. Could there be a cure? Or is her and Sam’s few weeks’ meeting going to soon come to an end? Will Jack be successful in exposing the werewolves? 4/5
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Started out Good But... I was excited to read this book. I had heard some good reviews of it and thought it would be a fun read. And it certinaly started out that way. Grace, the main character, was attacked and almost killed by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house when she was a young girl. The only thing that saved her was one yellow eyed wolf, who carried her to safety. Since then she has been obsessed with the wolves, especially "her wolf" the yellow eyed one that saved her. Now older, Grace meets a yellow eyed boy, Sam, who is odly familiar. The two start a relationship and Grace eventually finds out that Sam is the yellow eyed wolf who changes into a wolf when the temperature drops. I found the story slow and drawn out. In the end i didn't really even care if the two ended up together or not i just wanted the book to be over. Bottom line, not as good as i thought it would be
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Been Waiting For Writing Like This For Ages Upon reading two of her novels this year, Maggie Stiefvater is already among my favourite authors. Her lyrical prose is unlike any I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The imagery was vivid and the emotions portrayed through the written word transcended beyond the pages. Every sentence seemed effortless and yet I know it would take me ages to even attempt to emulate her style. I was enthralled by story itself from the very first pages. I will admit that normally, I’m hesitant to pick up a book in which the majority of the focus is on a given relationship. The reason being that I have come to find that these stories are either really amazing or terribly disappointing. I’ve often felt that a great many of these have severely lacked in substance and that their story need not have succeeded 300 or more pages. In regards to Shiver, that was simply not the case. I never once doubted the relevance or necessity of any scene. Shiver was an incredible start to which I truly believe will be an amazing series. I highly recommend it, especially to the hesitant romantics like myself. For full review:
Date published: 2009-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read Shiver is truely unique. It's one of those books that you can't put down and feel sincerly sad when it's over. Though it is a teen romance it has none of the cliché elements or generally terrible writing style the genre holds. Shiver is a refreshing chang from vampire novels. And though it is a book about werewolves, it's more a book about love. Don't let the wolves scare you away, this book is a memorable read that you'll find yourself recommending to everyone. Definitely check it out.
Date published: 2009-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter's Warm Embrace: Shiver I put off reading Shiver for what felt like months, afraid that Maggie Steifvater’s latest novel, wouldn’t be up to par with her debut book—Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception. As it turns out I had nothing to worry about. Shiver draws you in from page one with a harrowing experiences blended artfully with lyrical prose. The concept of the books, while common during this vampire and werewolf craze, has a unique element. These werewolves only change under the chill of winter. During the warm summer months they walk among us as men and women, and during the winter they hunt us as wolves. Not only is this concept unique and refreshing but Stiefvater has a way of linking her characters with poetry and music, drawing the reader in and making them think. This is perhaps, the perfect romance. Shiver is one of those books that once you start reading, you can’t put it down until you’ve reached the last page. One of the most enthralling books I have read in a very longtime.
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Saddest and most Romantic books I have EVER read!! I LOVED this book I shivered while reading it! It was just amazing I loved the story line, the characters, the romance, the action and everything!!!!!!!!! I love the werewolf idea to change by temperature and I love the romance it was just beautiful. I cried reading this especially near the ending, I would definelty recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and werewolves I can't wait till the next one comes out!!
Date published: 2009-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yabadabadoooo! Shiver by Maggie stiefvater Courtesy of Scholastic I had the opportunity to read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Summary:For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting 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 and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. In the beginning of the book we find out that Grace has been attacked by wolves when she was younger, but had survived. She had been saved by the yellow-eyed wolf. Enter Sam, the sad romeo in our intricate love story. Sam turns into a wolf during the cold months, then goes back to a human in the summer. But eventually, he won't go back to being a human, and the wold inside of him will take over. Finally Sam and Grace meet in September while he is human, she 17 and him 18. Once they meet the story develops and the plot takes off, Sam and Grace fall completely in love with each other and life couldn't seem to be better. But there is a gray cloud running their perfect sky. Winter is just around the corner and this could be Sam's last year as a human. But Sam and Grace have just met and cannot be separated. It's just not fair! They've got a taste of the potential they have together and cannot, will not be separated! A few months to cover the 6 years they had been waiting for each others company isn't going to do them any justice. From start to finish this book had me going, it was a real love story. Grace and Sam were such real characters and their relationship was actually believable. I really can't describe much of it but I can say that the Sam and Grace were only living in the now, not the past, nor the future. They were just taking it day by day. Throughout the whole book the point of view switches from Sam to Grace and it really helps understand their relationship. Though at the end of the book there is a little whole that isn't filled by the conclusion as to how Sam had survived and Grace never turned into a wolf. I would definitely encourage a second book though, it would be at the top of my list! The detail was so explained in this book you felt like you were there, living it. And a bonus, Sam is almost a realistic perfect guy. Gentleman, sweet, caring you name it! Thankfully, there wasn't a cliff hanger in this book but I crave the next book Linger which will be coming out in 2010. You find out the ending but want more, Shiver was not enough to satisfy me, I need the next book. I must know what happens to Sam and Grace after Shiver! MUST! Shiver is a love story that is beautifully described. You'll Shiver with delight! This book has the moody teenager stamp of approval! DId you find this review to be helpful? If so then visit for more!
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable... This is one of those books were you just can't believe how amazing it was. The characters were absolutley brilliant, the plot was so so good!!!.. and the romance was beautiful..and incredibly heart-wrenching. There were times where I broke out in goosebumbs, and moments when tears almost spilled out of my eyes. This was such a beautifully written love story, I wish it never ended... We read about Grace, a girl who was attacked by wolves when she was just eleven, and meeting the yellow eyed wolf for the first time..Who is Sam, a boy who turned into a wolf when he was just seven, he saved Grace from the wolf attack, and for six years straight Sam only watches her, with his bright yellow eyes.. Finally Grace meets Sam, she's seventeen and he's eighteen, Grace finds him on her deck shot, in human form. From then on they fall in love, finally, they are together.. but one thing stands in their way...Sam changes back into his wolf form in extremely cold temperatures..heat is the only way of him staying human.. When winter rolls around Sam has less control over staying human, and he may not ever change back into a human again...once he changes into a wolf..there might be no going back.. Shiver tells the story of Grace and Sam...two people that need to be together...fighting the one thing that stands in their way of never loosing eachother.. I absolutley loved this book!!!!! I was hooked from the moment I started... Sam and Grace are amazing characters that you never want to stop reading about.. I cannot wait to read the sequel, Linger which comes out fall 2010.. a little bit of a wait, but after reading how Grace waited 6 years to meet Sam...I think I can manage:)
Date published: 2009-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Novel Hovel says, " It will give you chills!" After Grace was attacked by wolves she has spent years watching them. In particular the yellow-eyed wolf, her wolf. She feels deeply connected to this wolf for a reason she can't explain. Sam is the yellow-eyed wolf. He spends his winters watching Grace, the girl he loves, but for a short time during the year he is human but has never grown the courage to talk to her... until now. Grace and Sam are instantly connected and fall in love the only problem is that winter is upon them and Sam will have to return to being a wolf unless he can fight it and Grace can help. I really enjoyed this book. It did seem to take me forever to read for some reason... normally a book as good as this I would have finished in a day not over a week. But I still found that I enjoyed this book. The characters are well defined and there relationship believable. I was really impressed with the way Maggie Stiefvater was able to describe how Sam was always fighting the cold but not having it be overpowering in the story. The story bounces between protagonist views from Grace to Sam pretty frequently but I really enjoy stories where you can get each characters view. This really helps you understand the whole story. Overall, I highly recommend you read this.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THIS is a love story!!! I'd had this book sitting on my shelf for a while now. I had heard great things about it and the premise was good: a love story about a girl and a werewolf. But for some reason, i kept delaying and delaying reading it! Well i finally read it, and not only did I absolutely love this LOVE story, but i think i know why i stalled myself from reading it for so long... So to give a potential reader an idea of the story: we meet Grace. When we first start the book, we read of the wolf attack she survived when she was a young girl (eleven), and meeting "her" yellow-eyed wolf for the first time. From here we also meet Sam, a boy who turns into a wolf during the winter months (although he remains a wolf for longer periods as the years pass by - read the book to understand further) who saves a girl from a wolf attack, from his own pack, and then keeps an eye on her for the next six years with his bright yellow eyes. Fast forward to when Grace is 17 and Sam is 18 in the month of September, and they finally meet when Sam is shot as a wolf and somehow turns back to a human and is found on Grace's backyard deck. From this point on, this impossible love story truly begins as they meet one another and fall absolutely head over heels for each other. But there's a catch. Winter is around the bend, and the colder it is, the less control Sam has to turning into a wolf, and this time around he may not become human again, ever again. But Sam and Grace just met. They need to be together. They have to be together. This is a love story, this is true love. I mean six years in waiting, i'm sorry but a couple of months together will not do them justice. And Sam needs to be human, he can't handle being a wolf with her, it simply isn't good enough anymore!!!! I didn't cry in this book, but i wouldn't be surprised if other readers did. It is such a beautifully written story, and it's heart-wrenching at points because this is a love between two characters that can't possibly succeed by the looks of it. And it is here, for this reason why I stalled and procrastinated reading this book. I am a sucker for happy endings, and moments of hope. This book while I was relatively satisfied for both matters in the end, it was a struggle reading this. At any point the author could just throw a fatal wrench into things. And you want so bad as a reader to see these two characters end up together FOREVER, that when the author adds in a couple of obstacles for them, you just want to scream: "It isn't fair, they have to be together!!!!!!!! You better keep them together!!!!" And to top it off, i know for myself, i loved both Sam and Grace. While Sam has obvious confidence issues, and is struggling at times with his wolf side as he works so hard to retain his humanity, Grace really helps level him out and call him out on the moments he is too down on himself. She is a strong character for the most part. Overall, i just loved this story. It was a frustrating read because i wanted a happy ending so badly and wasn't sure if i'd get one. And then when i found out there is a sequel "Linger" out in fall 2010, i was worried i'd be left with a ridiculous cliff hanger for an ending. Thankfully, i was happy with the ending even though i have unanswered questions that will have to wait until fall of next year. If you are a fan of beautiful love stories - especially when the characters in love are written off at having any relationship longevity at the beginning of the novel, then i say, pick this one up. It is a story beautifully written and beautifully told! I am definitely reading Linger! ENJOY
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good I really liked this book. It had characters with depth and focused more on their relationships than most books in the genre. I also liked how the first person point of view moved back and forth between the main characters. Very good.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting Shiver is the type of book you read that makes your heart thump in your chest. It's beautifully haunting and refreshingly not about a love triangle. The love story is complex and wonderfully written for anyone of all ages. It's going to be a long year waiting for the second book.
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wear something warm while you read this one! I very much enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the story was told from both of the main characters' perspectives. I also liked that it wasn't another vampire book. This story took a different turn and even then didn't follow the mainstream. I liked the characters. I did find that some parts dragged a little too slowly for my liking, however there was some beautiful writing throughout the book which draws the reader in. All in all I recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2009-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written This book was beautifully written, full of imagery and a unique play on words. The concept of the book intrigued me. I found myself disconnected with the characters and not into the story for a lot of the book. In the last quarter things really picked up and I couldn't stop reading. I almost don't want there to be a sequel as I really liked where the book left off.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from New series surprisngly addictive normally most new books are just dull and too much romance and too clique but this is a cool book and hopefully sequel is better than first one
Date published: 2009-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN If you loved the twilight series you are going to love Shiver! Honestly I could not put it down I finished it within 24 hours of picking it up. Just amazing. It will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything that Grace is feeling. You will fall in love with Sam and will be suprised by the ending and cry.
Date published: 2009-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breath taking this book is worth every was funny, heartwarming,and sad...this is a werewolf book that i will Cherish forever.... I know this isn't much of description but i just can't find the right words that this book dissevers.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A 'Cool' Read This was suggested through one of my groups by Scholastic Books and I saw it come into the store and snatched it up immediately. The story is told in two interchanging parts by the lead characters, Grace and Sam. Each chapter is told from one of their perspectives, lending a different voice to events and a clearer image of the story as a whole. Grace is attacked by the wolves that live in the forest outside her home and manages to survive, remembering the yellow eyes of one of the wolves in particular. Sam is a werewolf who changes his form based on the temperature. The colder it is the more likely he'll change. He spends the winter as a wolf and the summer as a regular human being. Things change when he stops the attack on Grace, he feels drawn to her inexplicably. The story is by no means fast paced, it's quite slow at times, revolving mainly around the bond of Grace and Sam as they come to terms with learning the truths behind each others lives. It's quite moving as a whole, but was definitely something I had to read in a single sitting as I was afraid I'd lose interest in it without the action factor I usually crave. There was angst, love and everything teen emotional rollercoaster you could want and the new take on werewolves changing with the temperature was a rare treat to discover.
Date published: 2009-08-02

Read from the Book

From ShiverThat night I lay in bed and stared at the window, my blinds pulled up so I could see the night sky. One thousand brilliant stars punched holes in my consciousness, pricking me with longing. I could stare at the stars for hours, their infinite depth pulling me into a part of myself that I ignored during the day.Outside, deep in the woods, I heard a long, keening wail, and then another, as the wolves began to howl. More voices pitched in, some low and mournful, others high and short, an eerie and beautiful chorus. I knew my wolf's howl; his rich tone sang out above the others as if begging me to hear it.My heart ached inside me, torn between wanting them to stop and wishing they would go on forever. I imagined myself there among them in the golden wood, watching their heads tilt back to the endless stars. I blinked a tear away, feeling foolish and miserable, but I didn't go to sleep until every wolf had fallen silent.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Shiver:#1 New York Times Bestseller*"A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love... Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"This novel is perfect for Twilight fans or a Romeo and Juliet list. It is sensuous, intense, riveting, and so very satisfying." - Voice of Youth Advocates"Readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater's fast-paced storytelling and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." -