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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 ...more
Stiefvater: I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a vampire!
Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Twilight. It's terrible!
Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a zombie!
Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Generation Dead. It's terrible!
Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolf!
Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes. His eyes ...more
And I stopped it.
I really liked this one, I really did and considering the many negative reviews I read I can’t help but wonder if I’m truly that easy to please. *lol* I guess the answer is “yes” because I definitely would read every single book Maggie ever wrote and if possible I’d even read her grocery list! I just love her writing style, the way she always manages to create an amazing atmosphere, how she weaves a mystery around it ...more
To summarize: Boy loves girl. Girl loves wolf. Possible bestiality (new edgy YA twist?)
Wolf is actually boy who loves girl.
Wolf turns into boy. Girl loves boy.
Kisses. Many kisses.
I stood on my toes and stole a soft kiss from his lips. "Surprise attack," I said.This book wasn't bad per se...it was ...more
Sam leaned down and kissed me back, his mouth lingering on mine, teeth grazing my lower lip, making me shiver. "Surprise attack back."
"Sneaky," I said, my voice breathier than I intended.
First off, I didn't finish this book. I couldn't finish this book. I couldn't get 1/4 of the way through, even though I have the audiobook. Actually not only is this book boring as hell but the audiobook was poorly cast (more on that later). This is another book I picked up because of the pretty cover. *kicking self, a lot*
I have to admit the premise sounded ...more
And the award for worst book of 2009 goes to: Shiver
What makes this book so bad, you may ask? Well, in layman's terms, I'm going to give a logical, detailed explanation as to why Shiver sucks--alliteration unintentional.
Grace has to be the worse heroine ever. Excuse ...more
So I hadn't read this in...woah, 4 years?! Which means my sieve-brain and I remembered next to nothing. I didn't even remember how Sam and Grace finally met (THERE WAS BLOOD. SO ROMANTIC) and overall reading this was just like coming home to a really warm and cosy chair with soft blankets and the warmest hot chocolate and I just...I have so many feelings. I absolutely love ALL Stiefvater books and every time I reread I remember why. She just has a way of totally drawing you into ...more
although this isnt a perfect book by any means, i honestly think its entertaining enough. if you dont read too much into it (that a girl falls in love with a wolf before she finds out hes ...more
These wolves shapeshift based on the temperature changes of the seasons. During summer, they are human ...more
I would, however, happily try out some of the author's other work and I just hope it doesn't focus so heavily on obsessive emo teen love.
I don’t know how to review a book that took my breath away. Shiver left me with a feeling of complete satisfaction, joy spiced with sadness - as weird and paradoxical as that sounds. I’m so grateful to have read this book after all…
There aren’t many books on my 'books that changed me' shelf. In fact, there were only seven until today. But Shiver deserved its place, and now there are eight. What’s so special about it? I’ll try to be polite and refrain from gushing, but it won’t be ...more
I read Shiver because it was recommended to me by someone who wasn't impressed with Twilight and insisted this was better. Well, it's not, although I wouldn't go as far as to say it's worse. Mostly, I was bored to tears by the lack of a solid plot and ...more
I'm just going to come right out and say it:
This book is emo bullshit.
I listened to 8 hours of this story on audiobook before DNFing this at 75%. That is 8 hours of my life that I will never get back.
I know I'm in the minority here. I'm accepting it. However, I just can't see why people are so enamored with this book. I'll get all of my frustration out now by explaining a few of my main issues with this book. **Some minor spoilers ahead**
1) The whole "I shift when it's cold" ...more
First of all:
you have wolves near your house?
YOU BETTER RUN
I don't know what kind of idea the author's trying to pull but trying to create a bold main character by saying she ain't afraid of wolves is pretty darn unimpressive to me.
See, the normal human wouldn't stay at a house like that, much less live there.
By a freaking pack of wolves.
A message to you, Grace: ...more
When you pick up your first book by an insanely popular author, you naturally have some expectations. Or at least expect a good story. But this was bizarre and so Twilight-esque, I could hardly try convincing myself that it would end better.
The only redeemable quality was the writing. And the only reason I picked up this book in the first place was Sam, the male lead. He’s apparently my fictional ...more
Sam isn't a human for as long as he would like to be. When the temperature drops and winter arises, he painfully transforms into a wolf. ...more
When I first read this (years and years ago) I totally fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater. I don't know what did it for me, but this just made me feel good. It's a perfect snuggle-up-on-a-rainy-autumn-day book.
The plot wasn't overly exciting, but I think it was the writing and the characters that I enjoyed (especially Isabel).
This series is so completely different from The Raven Boys . You can clearly see how much experience and skill Maggie gained ...more
Ahhhh, young love.
Isn't it grand?
You know the story, the tale as old as time:
Girl meets wolf.
Wolf and girl fall in love.
Angsty things happen.
Wait, is that not how the story usually goes?
In Shiver, we follow two perspectives, Grace, a girl low-key obsessed with the wolves in the woods behind her house, and Sam, a werewolf. Sam has golden eyes and beautiful fur that Grace is instantly drawn too because...gold.
Seriously though, this is a love story between a girl and the werewolf ...more
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There's an old joke about TWILIGHT that you've probably heard: that it's the story of a teenage girl's struggle between necrophilia and bestiality, hurr hurr hurr. Well, here in TWILIGHT: Team Jacob Edition - *cough* - I mean, SHIVER, Maggie Stiefvater takes that a step further by writing about a girl named Grace who has romantic feelings for the wolf in her backyard. And when I say "wolf," that's not short for werewolf - before she even ...more
I originally read Shiver back in October of '09, and it hit me like nothing had before — and nothing has matched it since. Shiver mixes some of the sweetest, most realistic and heartwarming characters with a wonderfully chilly and melancholy atmosphere and it is written with stunningly lyrical prose. If ...more
Oh, another alluring, romantic-sounding novel about the relationship of a school girl and the wolf that has always protected her. Sounds soo good to all us teen girls and older women who loved Twilight. And yet, the equation is this: Appealing storyline + a gorgeous, mysterious cover = disappointed reader.
To be frank, reading Shiver was like labor outside on a hot day, with beads of sweat stinging my eyes, and a strong urge to just give up and quit. I was oh-so bored, ...more
Do you like reading about soulmates? Then you will like this book. Sam and Grace are soulmates. It doesn't matter that Sam is a werewolf, and that Grace is a human girl. They connected years ago, and that connection bloomed over time. You see the pure, powerful love between them, ...more
“What do you eat?"
"Baby bunnies." She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, "Adult bunnies, too. I'm an equal-opportunity bunny-eater.”
I really had high hopes for Shiver.
This is the story of Grace and Sam,and how Sam tries to stay human for their love.
It was cute but there was nothing interesting about the topic. The book was kind of boring. I turned every page with hope of action but, nope...
I liked the characters. Grace was tolarable and Sam was cute. I adored the way Sam
All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been formed by a desire to leave a mark, resulting in spray-painted cars, sharpie-covered computer printers, ink-splattered walls, and stories told in books, in magazines, and on stages. Maggie Stiefvater ...more