"In Bed" with Maggie Stiefvater

Posted by Goodreads on July 5, 2010
Maggie Stiefvater's imagination teems with the supernormal. After penning the Books of Faerie, Lament and Ballad, the author turned from mercurial faeries to more ferocious supernatural creatures—werewolves. Written for teens and popular among adults, Stiefvater's first installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Shiver, primed readers for a bittersweet saga set in a winter wood. Heroine Grace falls in love with a mysterious boy whose yellow eyes she recognizes in both his wolf and human forms. The eagerly awaited sequel, Linger, continues the love story and reveals that Grace herself is no ordinary girl. Stiefvater shares her five favorite love stories with a paranormal twist.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
"This book is a genre leader in a lot of ways: strong heroine, werewolves with true animal sides, and fantasy as metaphor for coming-of-age. The first time I read it, I despised the main character and her motivations. The second time through, I realized how cunningly the werewolf mythos was worked into her psyche. Sort of the classic YA werewolf novel."

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
"Including this book in a list of love stories with a paranormal twist is possibly cheating because this book doesn't tell you it's a love story or a fantasy until you realize that you're dying for a kiss and some faerie action. It's a subtle, meandering retelling of Thomas the Rhymer, with a pervasive, uneasy magical mood."

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Goodreads Author)
"This book, the first novel to ever make me cry (big, snuffly, unsexy tears, if you must know), will always hold a place in my heart. Incredible characterization and an eye for small, lovable details make this novel better on the second read than the first."

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
"The paranormal in this book is on account of Mia, the narrator, being mostly dead. In a coma after a car accident that takes her family members' lives, she has to make the choice to stay or go. And the result is a deceptively simple volume filled with winning characterization and pitch-perfect pacing."

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
"This one is cheating as well. It's not a true paranormal but magic realism at its finest. A stunningly written novel about machine guns, opera singers, and chopping onions. Fall in love with the prose if you don't fall in love with Roxanne, the enchanting opera diva."

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message 1: by Midnight (new)

Midnight Thanks for the suggestions. I really enjoyed Blood and Chocolate - I will not comment on what I thought of the movie since I really liked the book, and If I Stay had me in tears a number of times. I'm looking forward to the companion to If I Stay and much as I'm looking forward to Linger. I haven't read The Time Traveler's Wife, but I've seen the movie and really enjoyed it. If you liked Blood and Chocolate, have you read Companions of the Night? I liked that one as well and it does fit your love and paranormal parameters without cheating. Thanks again for sharing.

message 2: by Jess M. (new)

Jess M. Heeeeey!! Sam reads Bel Canto in Shiver and uses that same description about the onions!! I'm onto you Maggie... LOL

message 3: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Stiefvater Jess wrote: "Heeeeey!! Sam reads Bel Canto in Shiver and uses that same description about the onions!! I'm onto you Maggie... LOL"


message 4: by Shianan (new)

Shianan Woot! I have Blood and Chocolate in my 'Purchased and need to read' list. It will be the first book to be read by me entirely in Germany when we get there.

Sigh...I'm such a fangirl for Maggie. Complete awe from one wanna be author to a published one.

message 5: by Teresa (new)

Teresa woww thank you soo much for these book suggestions!! i absolutely loved shiver and cannot wait for linger!

message 6: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Uhlich thanks for the nod to fire and hemlock, one of my all-time favorites.

message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Young Happy to see two of my favorites – The Time Traveler's Wife and Bel Canto – here! I wept while reading the first one, too. Will check out the rest...

message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Excellent interview. Love your book recommendations! :)

message 9: by Sadonna (new)

Sadonna If I Stay is one of THE most beautiful books I've ever read. As a former classical musician and lover of OREGON (not enough books set there), I couldn't put it down and was actually crying by the end - something I rarely do in real life or reading.

message 10: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Stiefvater Thanks, guys! I'm glad you like the recommendations. (and that you liked Linger, those of you who have managed to nab it already!)

message 11: by RC (new)

RC I bought Shiver at Mall of America. I like novels that have werewolves that look they're just wolves. They seem more realistic, rather than the werewolves being half human half wolf.

message 12: by Christa (new)

Christa I just recently read If I Stay and I LOVED it! I finished it in one day and would read it again and again. I've been recommending it to EVERYONE I know!

message 13: by Nicole (new)

Nicole when is it out in australia can anyone tell me ?

message 14: by Jen (new)

Jen Maggie, your recommendations are like a drug to me; I'll be reading them all! Thanks again, you're a legend!

message 15: by Hannah (new)

Hannah i jus read linger n it was awesome. the ending got me mad caus i want more! lol

message 16: by Skye (new)

Skye Thanx so much Maggie!! I've been wanting some new books to read and you have solved my problem <3
Plus, as much as i want to read Linger, I almost don't want to 'cause then I'll have to wait a WHOLE YEAR for the next :(

Melissa (YA Book Shelf) The Time Traveler's Wife is absolutely incredible. I read it for the first time last year. The movie, is by far, an inferior piece, so I'm really glad that I actually read this book.

I'm also just nearly the conclusion of If I Stay, which is a great novel though I saw it as more realistic/contemporary issue novel, but I see how it can be paranormal as well, now that you mention it.

message 18: by Kklapheke (new)

Kklapheke To the reviewer of The Time Traveler's Wife -- I feel your pain. Big tears of my own.... If you have any other favorites, I would love to know them. Thanks!

Melissa (YA Book Shelf) If you're Canadian, then check out my Linger giveaway, which is on now until July 31st!

message 20: by Brady (new)

Brady Hegberg I also loved Time Traveler's Wife. The characters were the kind of people you'd want to hang out with which isn't something you can usually say about people in love. *grin* I'm now very curious about the other books...especially If I Stay.

message 21: by Melissa (YA Book Shelf) (last edited Jul 20, 2010 05:38PM) (new)

Melissa (YA Book Shelf) Haha...it's really funny that you say that you'd like to hang out with the characters in The Time Traveler's Wife. I can see that, but it's funny because that's exactly what I was thinking about the characters in If I Stay. *grin*

message 22: by Ann (new)

Ann Linger arived through the post today! I loved shiver and can't wait to start it. If i stay is one of my summer reads and it looks so good :D

Melissa (YA Book Shelf) If I Stay is really good - I loved it! :)

Rachael (pagesofpiper) If I Stay is an amazing book. Made me cry and laugh. Loved it.

message 25: by Sarah (last edited Jul 28, 2010 08:59AM) (new)

Sarah Does anyone know if the book described on page 211 of Linger is a real book? ("It was a strange book where everyone had been taken from Earth except the main character and his lover, and they had to choose whether to make their ultimate mission finding the ones who had been taken or having Earth all to themselves and repopulating at their leisure.") It sounds like a good book! Thanks!

Melissa (YA Book Shelf) Piper wrote: "If I Stay is an amazing book. Made me cry and laugh. Loved it."

Me too. I just reviewed If I Stay today on my site. Check it out if you like.

message 27: by Joanna (new)

Joanna I can't describe how ridiculously happy I was when:
1. I read Shiver and Linger. They are AWESOME! Can't wait for #3.
2. Bel Canto showed up in Shiver. LOVE Bel Canto.
3. You listed both Bel Canto and Time Traveler's Wife in this list!

Thanks again for your wonderful books!

message 28: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Stiefvater Haha, Sarah -- that is not a real book. :)

And yes, you guys, that's why I loved THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE too -- they just seemed like cool people.

Joanna, haha, yes, I couldn't resist . . .

message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Thanks for the info, Maggie! Too bad it isn't a real book!

message 30: by Ella (new)

Ella i started the time travelers wife last summer and i am determined to finish it! the only problem is that first, i need to find the book somewhere in my room...this may take a while

message 31: by Ella (new)

Ella Sarah wrote: "Does anyone know if the book described on page 211 of Linger is a real book? ("It was a strange book where everyone had been taken from Earth except the main character and his lover, and they had t..."
haha, that does sound interesting if only it was real

message 32: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Always looking for a good book. Can't wait to read some of these. Also LOVED Linger can't wait for book #3. IS Isabel crushing on Sam?

message 33: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Is it true that you are writting a new book in mercy falls series? I love all your books maggie!!!

message 34: by Marcia (new)

Marcia I am waiting with bated breath for the 2nd book in The Raven Boys series. September 17 is marked in red on my calendar, and I will be pre-ordering the book very shortly. I simply loved the first one, almost as much as The Scorpio Races, which is one of my favorite books, ever. You are on my short list of authors whose books I will read the minute they are released. Thank you for bringing so much pleasure to your fans.

message 35: by Ayoosh (new)

Ayoosh Gupta I love you Maggie! ♥_♥

message 36: by Warsamechikuz (new)

Warsamechikuz tenx maggie for ur lovely articale

Faerieshimmer87 What is your advice for aspiring writers? What inspires you? What books and websites have helped you? I want to write Young Adult fiction. :) I think you are an amazing author.

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