I’ll be honest. I had some trouble getting through this book. Maybe I interpreted the summary wrong, but I expected the book to focus more on Maggie I’ll be honest. I had some trouble getting through this book. Maybe I interpreted the summary wrong, but I expected the book to focus more on Maggie being accused of witchcraft. I didn’t expect it to make up a short portion in the beginning. I found the story to be slow. Once I realized the book wasn’t what I had expected, I contemplated not finishing it. It just wasn’t keeping my attention. I wouldn’t say this is a bad book. I have seen very good reviews by others. It just wasn’t my kind of book. ...more
I found this book to be a refreshing twist to the paranormal YA books I've read. It's not your typical vampire or werewolf story like many paranormal I found this book to be a refreshing twist to the paranormal YA books I've read. It's not your typical vampire or werewolf story like many paranormal stories are nowadays. Don't get me wrong! I love vampire and werewolf stories, but I also like to mix it up a bit. I've never heard of anyone seeing the future in the vespers at sunset. In fact, I don't think I've ever heard the words "vespertine" or "vesper." (Clearly, I need to expand my vocabulary.)
One of my favorite things about the story was how Amelia's gift was handled. I'm so used to reading books about paranormal gifts that must be kept secret. If the public knew, that person would be shunned, experimented on, or maybe even worse. Amelia, though, was embraced in a way. The people in Baltimore were eager to meet with her and find out what the vespers held for them. It wasn't until something bad happened that everyone had a much different outlook on Amelia's gift.
Aside from the paranormal aspect of the story, I found it to be a great coming of age story. That summer was a turning point. It was the transition between childhood and womanhood, and Amelia was faced with the huge task of finding a husband. She fell in love, and of course it was a difficult love.
I really liked The Vespertine. I felt it blended historical fiction and paranormal gifts quite nicely. ...more
Characters: Sam and Grace are the main characters in Shiver. There are other characters involved, but I feel like these two are the main players. SamCharacters: Sam and Grace are the main characters in Shiver. There are other characters involved, but I feel like these two are the main players. Sam seems to be an insecure, sensitive young man. He's probably one of those guys who would be mysterious and catch all kinds of attention from girls but not know what to do with it. Grace is a mature, independent teenager. She plays the parent role in her family, while her parents are living their dreams. Sam and Grace compliment each other. Sam's insecurity is paired with Grace's confidence. Sam's hopelessness is paired with Grace's hopefulness. Together, they're a sweet couple who just seem made for each other.
Writing: Stiefvater wrote beautifully in describing the relationship between Sam and Grace. I like that she wrote from both of their perspectives. The connection she described between the two lovers was much deeper than a physical one.
Plot: It was refreshing to read about werewolves. I haven't read anything involving them before, so this was new to me. Sam is a werewolf with a connection to a girl, Grace. They've shared a bond for six years as werewolf and girl until a chance encounter allows Sam's human form to meet her. Their love is strong, and they fight for a way to stay together, knowing that if Sam changes back to his wolf form he'll never change back again. I found myself engulfed in the hope that Sam and Grace would find a way to stay together. My thoughts went like this: "They're going to find a way to stay together." "It's not going to happen." "OMG! They are going to do it!" "Dammit! I thought it was going to work." I won't share my last thought at the end of the book. I'm pretty sure one simple sentence would give away the ending. :-)
Overall: 4/5 I really liked this book. I think I now know what all the hype was about. I'm also really glad I bought Linger at the same time I bought Shiver. As soon as I read the last line my head screamed, "I have to read Linger!" ...more
Cover: Like the Shiver cover, the Linger cover was so pretty. For me, the greens symbolized the warmth and life of the spring season and when the wolvCover: Like the Shiver cover, the Linger cover was so pretty. For me, the greens symbolized the warmth and life of the spring season and when the wolves shed their furry pelts for a less hairy appearance.
Characters: Sam and Grace are still crazy about each other. Sam's insecurities seem to be exposed a bit more in this book. I was surprised at how friendly Isabel and Grace became. Cole was a nice addition to the story. His growth throughout the story was touching.
Writing: Stiefvater does such a nice job of telling the story from the various perspectives. I'm a sucker for this style of writing. I also like how she adds Sam's lyrics and poems that Sam is fond of. Her writing in this story really pulled me in. I found myself hanging on the last word of every page, just waiting for what would come next.
Plot: I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that I enjoyed the way Shiver tied in with Linger. What's the saying? When one door closes, another one opens. That's exactly what happened in this book. Just when you thought Sam and Grace would live happily ever after, something else pops up.
Overall: 5/5 I LOVED this book! I can't wait until the next book in the series is released. ...more