Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Guest Review)

Hey guys,
Since I got Linger at the B&N, yesterday, and will be doing a review on it when I'm done, I realised that we didn't have a review up for the first book, Shiver, and J really wanted to do a guest review, and I figured it was a good time to put it up!

Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. 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 again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Shelbie and Amanda both had read this book and talked wonderful things about it. I decided that I wanted to read it and at the first Book Club I grabbed it. I started off reading it and found it really boring and strange. The main character Grace keeps talking about this dumb wolf in the forest that she is in love with that she calls “her wolf” and by the 10th page you’re like shut up already.

But then you meet Sam, who is actually “her wolf” and all of a sudden there is an intense romance that makes you keep turning the pages. Sam Is this amazing guy who plays an instrument, sings, and is somewhat of a bad boy, definitely heart fluttering. I also really like take on werewolves this book has. They are humans during the summer and when the temperature drops for the winter they turn into wolves. The longer they change the hotter the temperature they change is at and eventually they just stop changing, which is one of the conflicts in the book. Another thing that is different than other werewolf books is that when they are in wolf form they don’t have human thoughts or emotions. They also don’t remember things from their human selves and vice versa.

This book brings you on a very wild emotional rollercoaster. When Grace and Sam are together you just feel all giggly inside. Then you have the fear of what Jack, a new werewolf, will do. You also have the nagging dread of if Sam will turn back into a werewolf and if he does will he be human again.

Even though this was a good book it still had some things I didn’t like. I found it very unrealistic that her parents didn’t realize Sam was living in her room. I know they were oblivious but that was beyond oblivious. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Grace, I found her really annoying at times.

All in all this is absolutely a must read if you like a good love story and you’re a fan of supernatural.


From, J

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