Monday, January 16, 2012

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater- Review

I was a long time hold out on this series because I wasn't sold on the idea of reading a three part werewolf series. 
Silly me, I thought I wasn't into werewolves.

Two things changed my mind.  First off I saw Maggie at the Scholastic store in New York chatting with Libba Bray and Meg Cabot (at the time of Forever's release).  Both the hubby and I were impressed and amused by her, and goddamn if she didn't make werewolves and wolves in general sound interesting!  Secondly Scholastic sent me The Scorpio Races.  I'm not sure if there is enough rhapsodizing in the world to explain how much I loved The Scorpio Races, but I sure tried.  By the time I put down The Scorpio Races I was ready to dig in to everything else she had written, so I was incredibly excited to get a spiffy box set of the finished Shiver series for Christmas from the hubby.

I was immediately smitten.  Shiver has all the early promise of the style that defines The Scorpio Races for me.  The weather and the town are so intrinsic to the story, and so well portrayed that they have a depth of an actual character.  I mean I was cold while I was reading.  Granted there was a crazy temperature drop the day before I started it, but as the temperature went up outside I stayed in, cuddled in blankets, drinking tea and thinking snowy thoughts, while riveted to the books.

I would be lying though if I didn't say Grace and Sam made the first book for me.  Their entwined past and ever so complicated unfurling present had me fascinated.  I loved how Stiefvater layered their relationship so that although as humans they are relative unknowns to each other they have a lot more to their relationship then the old love at first sight shtick.  These kids go way back folks. Although Grace knows Sam mostly as a wolf, and he knows her mostly as a girl, Grace has an unusual awareness of the pack that make them more similar then you'd expect, and it's these nuances that made them unusual and intriguing.

As in The Scorpio Races, Shiver alternates between Grace and Sam's perspective, which also gives a great depth to the story.  It would be much less revelatory if it was just Grace's perspective.  By seeing it from both of their eyes there is much more to discover about the werewolves.

Romance, mystery and well thought out teens with relationships, dialogue and personalities I not only bought but loved, Shiver is a series that you should be reading.  That is if you're one of the 5 people left out there who hasn't already.

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic, August 2009
Buy Shiver on Amazon
Buy the even prettier box set on Amazon
Check out the first two chapters on the Wolves of Mercy Falls microsite

10 comments:

  1. Oh I am so glad you finally read this! It was my first introduction to YA writing and I was amazed and immediately feel in love with Maggie's writing style. And as you mentioned she is also super fabulous in person. I haven't read Scorpio Races yet, but I have heard great things and it is up soon!

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    1. read it!!! seriously, was one of the most amazing books of 2011 for me.

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  2. As one of those 5 people who haven't read the series, I will put in on my TBR list straightaway. Thanks for this excellent review.

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    1. yay!! I've found two of the 5 people! My job here is done!

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  3. I have not read this series yet either. And until this post, I did not know that this is the same author for The Scorpio Races, which I have on my TBR list. Wow! I have more books to add. Great post!

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    1. Thanks! make sure to buy all four books at once. You won't want to waste time getting to a book store in between. Trust me!

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  4. Have you finished book 3 yet? Still waiting for your thoughts on it!

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    1. egads I have! Heavenly. Review up on wednesday! One word- Cole St Clair.

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  5. You might have actually convinced me to give this series a go! haha I was turned off by the whole werewolves thing, too, but you made this book sound really good. Thanks! (:

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  6. This book was great! Maggie Stiefvater did a MUCH better job on this book than the Shiver series. This book is along the same caliber as The Hunger Games. Great action. Interesting plot. Intriguing characters. Clean reading. And a little romance. Just what I was looking for.
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