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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
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Oct 26, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: ya, 2009, loathed, ala-s-best-books
Read in October, 2009

I read this book to the end so you don’t have to. Shiver should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning. I think all the purple prose has blacked out my eyes! Too bad the swelling didn’t prevent me from noticing the ginormous plot holes. And I need some aspirin because my head aches from clenching my jaw as I am certain all the sappy sweetness contained in this adverb infested book was injected straight into my molars. I am very much at a loss as to how this book has received so many glowing reviews. Am I missing something?

Allow me to recount the story (for mood purposes, you need to know that the setting of this book is frigid, so, well, feel cold okay?) Moving on, Grace is 17 and in love with a golden eyed wolf that saved her when she was 11 and too weak and insipid to fight back for herself as wolves were attempting to consume her flesh. Unable to think of anything but her love for a wild dog, Grace is forever seeking out her wolf, trying to catch a glimpse of him or possibly make friends with him a la White Fang, only in a romantic way. Sounds disturbing right? Well brace yourself cause this wild dog is equally obsessed and in love with Grace, either due to the fact that she looked like an angel while lying in the snow, nearly catatonic and helpless or because his wolf self likes the stink of fear and uselessness. What follows is a story about how these two characters defy lame and dare I say “borrowed” werewolf lore, meet, cuddle, spout lame poetry and construct sad song lyrics.

The best part of this book is the cover and the font, which sadly, had nothing to do with the author. There was one well done scene, and the description was able to establish the temperature of the setting which was pertinent to the plot. But the very thing that the author was good at, description, was one of the very worst things about Shiver. I have yet to meet, and I pray that I never will, a guy that describes himself as a “leaky womb”. I don’t even know what that means, I guess he felt like a menstruating uterus which seems very strange. I have never eaten in a kitchen that smells like easy survival, nor liked the smell of armpit, or heard a guy call anything “horribly cute”, much less a pom pom hat, call me crazy.

Also, I am sure this author doesn’t like having her book compared to Twilight, but it seems as though she was attempting to cash in on its success. Aside from the whole temperature angle, the werewolf lore in this book reeked of Stephanie Meyer’s werewolf lore, which was ludicrous, not to mention a major bore fest. Grace might as well have been a Bella cutout, though somehow not as interesting, which is a whole new low that I never would have thought possible. And Sam, well he is the werewolf version of Edward, only lacking in confidence, swoonworthiness, and talent.

I’m not going to lie, I had some aww moments, I’ve already mentioned there being one very well done scene, and sometimes I would catch myself nearing a teary eyed state when Sam would talk about his dread of the impending winter. But those moments were usually massacred by extreme ridiculousness, childishness, pretentious poetry, and random outbursts of nonsensical song lyrics that were impossible to ignore.

So YA readers, do yourself a favor, and avoid this book like the plague otherwise you may experience bruising of the retinas, sore teeth, and burnt fingers from turning all those frosty pages. Other side effects may include side stitches from laughing at extreme ridiculousness, random eye twitching and scratchy throat from asking WTH? more times than I can count.
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message 1: by Tatiana (last edited Oct 15, 2009 07:02AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Tatiana You really didn't hold back here, did you?:)

Heather What can I say, I was annoyed, lol.
Was it bad?

Tatiana Yeah:)

Heather Really? Oh well, that is what thoughts came into my head, I thought it covered just about everything which is what a review is supposed to do.

message 5: by Hannah (last edited Oct 15, 2009 07:47AM) (new)

Hannah Heather, why so tentative with your review? Tell us how you REALLY feel about Shiver....lol!

EDIT - the cover IS pretty. 5 stars for cover alone.

message 6: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Heather wrote: "Cruelty is my specialty :) And thank you. I'm glad I was able to spare you from this book, it makes me happy, lol."

Sooo, are you over being miffed about my lack of Jace-love? Hanneybean still gives me the stink eye whenever the book is mentioned. I'm a bad mom...sob...

Heather Oh, I wasn't mad at you, and I'm not mad at T, though I think you are both vair vair strange :). That just means there is less competition for his affections...

message 8: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Heather wrote: "though I think you are both vair vair strange :)..."

Strange I can handle!

Heather Strange is really a compliment, unless you are a character in Shiver, lol.

Like that? I came full circle :)

I think I had such harsh feelings toward this book because it had loads of potential and there were some really good moments in it, but a majority of it was crazy, stupid, or completely borrowed. :(

message 10: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Heather wrote: "I think I had such harsh feelings toward this book because it had loads of potential..."

Those kind of books frustrate me, too. You just KNOW that in a better writer's hands, the book would have been terrific. I've read several like those...I'm sure most of us have.

Heather Exactly! :)

Albie46 I really liked this book, despite all the things you mentioned but I think I loved reading your review of it even more.
They make me laugh, and surprisingly I mostly nod along to your observations.
I guess I'm not a very critical reader.

Heather Well I glad you liked it :)

We all read for something different. I would start to like this book, for instance the bathtub scene, and the scene at the candy shop, but then I thought, wait a minute, no guy is going to be so cutesy with his woman, its sooo fake, which would just kill any enjoyment I had. Oh well.

message 14: by Emmie (new) - rated it 1 star

Emmie Haven't read the book yet. I'm kind scared to after your review... It made me laugh though. :)

Heather Thanks, lol.

Carena I think you may be a tad exagerating. HONESTLY, i didn't think that book was that bad. it always could've been worse, right?

message 17: by Samantha (new)

Samantha "I read this book to the end so you don’t have to."

I both thank you for sparing me, and from the laugh-out-loud review! I'm sure it was better than the actual book (which I will kill will fire should it try to get near me).

message 18: by Heather (last edited Dec 18, 2009 02:08PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Heather Samantha, you're welcome :)

Carena, I think it depends on your definition of "that bad". This book earned a special spot on my shite book shelf :)

message 19: by Shade (new)

Shade I haven't read it but Bella - Beauty, Grace - Grace I'm assuming. They could have a freaking sitcom. You know, one of those ones that get cancelled after 10 episodes

Crystal I totally read your review before I started reading and I thought, it can't be that bad. I really am sure it is now. I don't think I can finish reading it... but the cover was so pretty... Oh well.

Heather Rachel, the author has read my review and I'm sure she didn't like it. But... If you can't handle both positive and negative reviews, don't publish your book.

Heather Well Rachel, as you can see from my review, I have no problems being a bitch, especially when the term is often synonomous with honesty, as it is in this case. And the last time I checked,I published this review on Goodreads, not the NY times and the whole point to Goodreads is to read and REVIEW books. I missed the part where it was specified that readers could only write positive reviews. If you can find that verbage for me, I will gladly discuss this with you further, but until then, I'll will kindly ingnore your posts from this point on as I have already wasted more time conversing with you than you merit.

message 23: by Mols (new)

Mols Thank you for writing a review that keeps me away from having to read a whole crap load of ridiculousness just to find out it was a tweensqueefest. I saw the cover (I admit to really going by cover to catch my eye) and I then was 'meh' about the description but still willing to give it a go. I can't even imagine another character WORST than What's-her-face-from-Twilight. But if this is true, thank you once again for taking the pain and sparing the rest of us who like plot and characters that actually act like a human would...Although I'm sure there are women like Those Kinds out there. Which makes me ill.

Anyways, keep reading those crappy YA books for me! ~thumbs-up!~

travelmel I noticed that Beautiful Creatures also caused you much physical pain. I'm thinking you might want to stay away from this type of story... for your own health.

Jasmine Oh dear, I really liked this story but now, after reading your review, I'm wondering what I ever saw in it...

*goes off to read good reviews of Shiver to make sure that I'm not crazy for loving this book*

Kelly Aley Arrrgh! Why didn't I read your review first??? I kept hoping that Shiver would somehow get better, that characters might fully develop, that Grace's parents might actually come home and be present. Alas, after hours of reading, I was left with a vapid werewolf book. Bleh! I appreciated Stephenie Meyer not including teen sex in her book. Unfortunately, Shiver had to break that boundary and didn't even do it well. Disappointed.

Jasmine Kelly wrote: "I appreciated Stephenie Meyer not including teen sex in her book."

Did you read the entire series? There is teen sex in the last book (Breaking Dawn).

message 28: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Stumbled on your review, and very much agree with it. So how does this end? (I had to put it down) Does he turn back into a werewolf in the end? I know, if I care enough to ask, I should have just finished it- but I didn't and I don't plan to, so please someone be kind and just tell me:)

Heather He becomes human, but we have no idea how long it will last.

Bonny Heather - I have to say that this review is amazing. Made me laugh my head off. I will admit that I'm easy to please and that I enjoyed the book. I'm a sap, through and through. But I agree with most everything you said. An ARMPIT!?! Gosh what a joke. Leaky womb was just over my head. Anyway - I laughed more in the 2 minutes it took to read this than in the last 2 days put together. And you are certainly not a b****

Heather Thank you Bonny. Much appreciated. And glad you enjoyed the review :)

message 32: by Julia (new)

Julia This book was on the reader's rally list at my school, but the summary looked ridiculous, so I got onto goodreads to see if my assumptions were accurate. I'm glad I did because I loved your review. Unfortunately, I still have to read it for the club.

The only good thing I can see about reading this book is that I can bash it for myself.

Crystal I enjoyed the book personally but points you've said in your review I can't argue with. An armpit would not smell earthy, it would smell of body odour...which is minging. Couldn't stop laughing at your review. I still like the book though but like you said everyone's tastes are different. I fall in the 'soppy' bookshelf.

Thanks for the lolz though! :)

message 34: by Kris (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kris Irvin This is quite possibly the best review I have ever read. I'm glad someone was honest about their dislike of this book. Yep, it was pretty bad. Not sure why I bothered to finish it.

Would you mind reading #2 for me when it comes out? That way I don't have to suffer through it and I can just read your Cliffnotes version. Thanks a bunch! ;)

Erika I just finished Shiver and felt pretty similar to your feelings, maybe not quite as strongly. I read the whole book, and rated it as "it was okay," but the biggest thing that stood out to me was that it seemed to be mostly borrowed material. Very similar to Twilight. I thought the conclusion had more unique elements but overall I was a little disappointed. Thanks for your review. (I don't like to read reviews before reading a book because I don't want it to sway my opinion.)

Heather Kris, I have already decided that if Linger should arrive in the form of an ARC, or if it was to become available for free at the library, I will read it. Though I hated this book with a fiery passion, the suckage of the series makes for fabby review fodder :). And who knows, hell could freeze over and I might actually enjoy it. You never know.

Brandi ;) OMG! You my dear have a hilarious way with words and I greatly enjoyed this review, i laughed myself senseless cause you described my feelings for this book to a T. Keep those honest and straight forward reviews coming - I'm hooked!

Chrissy If you thought Shiver was bad...read (or better yet) don't read 'kissed by an angel'! It's all the bad things you've mentioned times 10!!

message 40: by Jachira (new)

Jachira (yoshiblack16-loves-to-read) Good thing I saw this book here first and not in a book shop. I usually choose a book for the pretty cover and I'm glad that I could read your review first to save me from it.

message 41: by Damari (new)

Damari I started reading it at the bookstore, and I thought it sounded good (I only got through the first chapter) so I bought it. >.< A girl falls in love with a wolf... I... Nothing to say -.- I liked the first couple chapters, then it started moving too fast. These kids just met eachother and they're sleeping together?!?! Ew. I loved the cover, though :P

message 42: by WolfGirl (last edited Jul 22, 2010 12:40PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

WolfGirl Chrissy wrote: "If you thought Shiver was bad...read (or better yet) don't read 'kissed by an angel'! It's all the bad things you've mentioned times 10!!"

Kissed by an angel was AWFUL!!! Especially the end... I mean who makes out with their dead boyfriends best friend? I mean come on!

Astrid Reyes Your review is hilarious. And it's helping me finish reading the book. Now, i often do like books for the main meaning of it, so I always have positive things to say, and as I'm re-reading (and I have no idea why) I noticed all the things that you said were very true. I have read a modest number of your reviews, and I was laughing and noticing things about books that I had read. I actually think you are a very pleasant person and would be fun to talk about books with (as long as we don't start screaming), I love debating over books. So keep it up, and good job of not being intimidated of saying the truth.

Heather Thanks to everyone for your kind words. I love reviewing books, when I can. I don't do it often enough.

Update for Kris, I read Linger for you. We'll talk about how you can repay me later ;) (Just kidding)

message 45: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie your review is hilarious! I doubt I will ever read the book, now that I have read everyone's bad reviews, but yours really made my night. Your sarcasm is good, and your healthy, straightforward and honest review makes me want more reviews from you, and not the sellers at goodreads! thank you. :D

message 46: by Torie (new)

Torie Found myself actually laughing out loud to this review. Fabulous. Glad you spared me the pain of reading this.

Karla Everything you said is so, so true.

message 48: by Heather (new) - added it

Heather Bailey Heather,
Just curious...are you a writer yourself, and if not, have you ever given it a shot? You get your point across very well and your descriptions are fabulous.
-Heather B.

Suzette Loved this review!~ I'm about 75% of the way through and I"m debating whether to finish it - just not enjoying it. I just keep thinking to myself "Why doesn't he move to Florida???"

Heather Heather,
I'm not a writer by profession. I enjoy pretending, meaning I get an idea, start to write it out, but then forget where I was going with it. Someday, I would love to have my very own book published so that people can trash it on goodreads :)

Suzette, best of luck to you.

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