Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review - Shiver

by Maggie Stiefvater
390 pages

'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. 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, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


I've been wanting to read this trilogy for a long time.  I think it came out at the tail end of the Twilight series, or shortly after, while Twilight was still a big thing in movie form.  I remember seeing this in the stores and thinking 'Ah, taking the wolf side of things since vampires have been done to death.'  For whatever reason though, I always put the book(s) back and bought something else.  I received this first book of the trilogy last year as a birthday/Christmas gift and was pretty excited to finally be able to give it a chance.

I made it about 90 pages in and then gave up in a huff of disappointment.  And getting even that far was an accomplishment because I kept giving it another chance, hoping it would get better.  Nope.  It just kept getting cheesier.

I absolutely hate how the main girl character, Grace, is written.  I thought the main boy, Sam, was a bit better but then he quickly went downhill as well.  Okay, so when Grace was younger she was dragged into the woods behind her house by a pack of wolves.  For some reason, one of the wolves in the pack stopped them from killing her.  The memory of his eyes is locked into Grace's brain and for the next six years she becomes obsessed with wolves, with the wolves in the woods behind her house, and with one yellow eyed wolf in particular.  She knows that's the one who saved her.  She knows that he recognizes and remembers her too.  Then one day there is a tragedy and she ends up face to face with her yellow eyed wolf, only now he's in human form.

Ooooh, he's cute!  And he's bleeding!  I'll just put him in my dad's car and take him to hospital where they will do surgery and save him, no questions asked.  Wheee!  He's so cute, and I can't believe my wolf is a boy now!  Wheee!  I'm now going to break him out of the hospital and take him back to my house where he'll spend the night in my bed and the next morning he'll make breakfast for me and I'll skip school so we can make out in the kitchen!  Wheeee!

What the . . . ?!

Okay, these two have spent the past six years observing and obsessing over each other.  You could say they kinda know each other.  Except he's only ever been in wolf form to her.  I'd think there would still be some sort of hesitancy involved once he revealed himself as human.  Even if she did make the connection that this yellow eyed boy was her yellow eyed wolf, I'd think there would be some emotional confusion, and again, some hesitancy.  Even though they've 'known' each other for six years, they really don't know each other in these new circumstances at all.  And when the girl who had no interest in boys is suddenly an expert lover, it was just beyond repair at that point for me.


I was curious enough about the story to look up a summary online though.  Bits of it sound interesting but too much of it sounds hokey to me, and knowing how cringe-worthy it already is at 90 pages, ugh, no thanks.


  1. LOL! This book comes up in my recommendations all the time but I keep passing and it sounds like I'm not missing out on anything.

    I'm currently reading a book about the Columbine shooting by a journalist who had covered it since the day it happened. Really interesting but not cheerful, so while I was at the library I picked up a fat graphic novel called Nimona, about a young shapeshifter who decides she wants to be the sidekick of an evil knight-turned mad scientist. Yup. It's cute but didn't really hold my interest past the first few pages.

    1. I've read one graphic novel, called Anya's Ghost. I used to follow a YouTube/BookTuber who was big into graphic novels and I thought I'd give them a try. This was years ago. While going through my Amazon list today I found I still have a couple other graphic novels still on there from back then when I thought I'd get into them. lol

      I'm bummed this Shiver book didn't work out for me. I'd wanted to read it for so long!

      Last night I started reading Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. I'm only a few pages into it but it's interesting so far.


  2. Wow. I gotta say, you always do shoot from the hip. Too bad I was really excited when I was thinking of you in NYC on my trip and stowed it away in my bag to gift you for the holidays. The excitement is officially zapped.

    1. And I was super excited to receive it! Like I said, I'd been wanting to read it for so long. It's not your fault it didn't work out for me. I still appreciate that you thought of me and got it!