The Compulsive Reader: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Ever since she was attacked by wolves when she was eleven, Grace Brisbane has watched them every winter in the woods. There's one yellow-eyed wolf in particular, the one who saved her, that she can't stop herself from looking for.
Sam lives a fractured life, human in the warm months, but wolf once the weather cools...and he's been watching Grace as well. They've never spoken...until now.

Maggie Stiefvater has written an absolutely beautiful, completely riveting novel. Shiver is told in alternating viewpoints, between Grace and Sam, which is a very neat touch and very appropriate for the story. Stiefvater does a convincing job writing in a male point of view, and readers will enjoy getting into Sam's head. The flow of the novel is perfect; it is completely seamless despite the many transitions between Grace and Sam’s perspective, and the back-and-forth between the "real world" and one in which werewolves exist.

Another remarkable aspect of Stiefvater's writing is how beautiful and intense her romantic connections are. Grace and Sam's chemistry is passionate, but chaste. It's deep and sweet without being cliché, very tasteful and completely absorbing.

And finally, if the supernatural, suspenseful elements or the electrifying romance don't capture your imagination, Stiefvater's lyrical prose and magical descriptions will. She has taken something as mundane as a small town heading into winter and made it a mystical, delightful place to read about. Her keen insights and unique writing style will have readers lingering over the pages, savoring each and every word. Maggie Stiefvater has surpassed my expectations in Shiver, making me a fan for life.

Cover Comments: This cover is absolutely gorgeous. I love the different blue tones and the pattern, and how there is a wolf lurking in the bottom right corner (something I didn't notice until I saw the book in person). If there were ever a font that can actually embody the word it makes up, the title's would be it. I actually shivered when I saw it. And I love the little pop of red--perfect! Another neat touch that you don't really notice unless in natural light--inside, the ink is all a dark blue. So cool! I love everything about this book!


Diana Dang said...

Lovely review, I look forward to this one!

P.S. Can you stop by my blog for its bash? I already have four contests up but with so little entries! Please check it out!

suzie townsend said...

AH! I just read this last night and it was amazing - my favorite book this year!

Sarah said...

This book sounds AMAZING! I can't wait to read it.
Thanks for the great review!

Kalyn said...

I am so glad you add your cover comment, canyou beleive I didn't notice any of those things? But now they just pop.

I got done reading this book yesterday, and I don't know when I'm going to get to the bookstore to get more.

How did you get your job? 0.o

The Compulsive Reader said...

Kalyn: Glad you enjoyed it! I thought it was great too!

And I just started blogging for the fun of it!

Laughing Stars said...

What a lovely review! :-) I liked what you said about the beautiful language in the novel. I linked to this post at my blog.

alexandra santamaria said...

I read your review and loved it so I bought the book and you were so right the whole story is ust absolutely beautiful I cried at the end. Do you think there will be a sequal?

Anonymous said...

this book is just as amazing as she said it would be. when i first saw this book, my mother said i could only buy one book. it was between this and another paranormal one about ghosts. lucky me i got to get both. ended up reading shiver first and loving every single second of it. it was an amazing novel and it has surpassed twilight for me. i love it so much.

Mrs. K said...

I'm reading Shiver right now and, although I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the book, I completely agree with your review. Beautifully written and avoids cliches. Love it and hoping my students will too!