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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

Updated on December 24, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Not to be lumped with other brainless werewolf books, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, is a beautifully told story narrated in two voices. Grace, the first narrator, is a seventeen-year-old high school student who spends more time staring into the woods behind her house than she does with friends. Sam, the second narrator, spends his winters as a wolf and summers as a teenage boy.

Shiver is a teenage romance, but a problematic one. Grace and Sam developed a bond when Grace was just a young girl. The bond grew over the years leading them to a deep love for one another. Only Sam is a werewolf and Grace is a human. Not the kind of relationship one dreams about.

Young adults who are finished with vampires, but still enjoy magical realism may be drawn Stiefvater’s werewolf series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Sam and Grace seem fairly mature for teenagers, but their story is filled with suspense and heartwarming moments to which teenagers are drawn.

I would suggest Shiver to teenage girls, and in particular, girls in the fourteen and up range. Shiver has an appeal that would grab older young adult readers without being an adult novel. Not to say that adults wouldn’t also like this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly.


Books by Maggie Stiefvater


Book One of the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series


Book Talk for Shiver

Have you ever fallen for a guy that was all wrong for you? I mean, seriously wrong for you. Grace has, and the problem is that the boy is a wolf. Grace spends all her time staring out the windows of her house hoping to catch a glimpse her yellow-eyed wolf. In the winter, he is there, staring right back. But in the summer, he disappears.

Fall is coming and Grace is wondering when her wolf might return. Except that a local boy from Grace’s school has just been attacked by wolves and nearly killed. A hunting party is quickly assembled to kill the wolves in the woods outside of Mercy Falls. Grace is beside herself with worry and decides the only way to protect her wolf is the get to him before the hunting party does.

Grace’s life changes forever that day, but the race against time has just begun.

Book Talk: City of Bones by Cassandra Clay


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