Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace… until now.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human – and Grace must fight to keep him – even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
My rating: 2/5 stars
Shiver is the first book of Maggie Stiefvater’s I’ve read. The reason why I picked it up was because I’ve heard wonderful things about her books and I had seen Shiver and Linger (second book in the series) multiple times in bookstore for only like 2 euros each but I always found something a bit more interesting to buy. Though, then one time i found both of them together for 2 euros so I couldn’t resist such an amazing deal. Unfortunately it was a big disappointment. So finally here is what I didn’t like about it.
1.Nothing happened through out the whole book
I was bored most of the time because it seemed like the main problem was keeping Sam warm. So rarely was I actually interested in what was happening that I just wanted to stop reading it but the fact that I had already bought the second book ceased me from doing so. Yeah, there were some minor problems (and I say minor only because the two main characters weren’t so bothered by them) like Jack going all crazy and Isabel trying to understand what’s happening, but as I said it before, they really didn’t pay enough attention to these problems that it would compensate the everything else. I also tried listening to the audio book but that didn’t speed up the plot.
2. The romance
I just couldn’t believe in their love, there was just obsession. I mean I understand that the love supposedly grew throughout the years when Sam was just a werewolf creeping around Grace’s house but that just wasn’t enough for me. As a reader I felt so skeptical about their mutual affection and how it started. I can understand Sam a little bit, he was just obsessed with Grace because he knew that he could never have her but the fact that Grace fell in love with a wolf seemed crazy to me. Maybe the problem for me was the fact that the love was introduced so early in the book and the confusion from the beginning dragged with me throughout the whole book. At a few times I also cringed because of how cheesy some moments in the book were (and I am not a big fan of cheesy).
3. Just in general characters
I never was able to connect to either of the main character so I guess it is understandable why I didn’t like the whole story. There was nothing to Grace except her obsession with wolfs. She simply seemed boring to me and the fact that she didn’t care about her friends most of the book really bothered me. She seemed really ignorant. Sam was a little bit more intriguing. The parts where he remembered his pack and his past seemed the best parts of the book. It kind of gave me a background information about him which always helps me understand the characters. On the other hand Isabel was a lot better. There was a little bit more to her as a character. I understood her love for her brother and that she would try everything to help him.
Now talking about the audiobook I listened to, hoping that it would make it better
I had a problem with the people who recorded this book. Grace sounded like a ten year old girl who just cares about her hair looking good and Sam sounded like the most grown up teenager ever, which I guess works. Though, the fact that there was such an age gap between the voices made the whole story a bit creepy (and not in a good way) and the audiobook definitely didn’t help the story.
All in all, I didn’t like the book. The only reason why I gave it two stars was because of the few moments where Sam thought about his past. The possibility of me picking up Linger is really close to none but because I have it standing on my shelf, there still is a slight chance. As for the rest of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, I’ll probably try reading another one because I think that judging an author by just one of her books is a bit harsh.
Thank you for reading my first review, hopefully you enjoyed it! 🙂
Next time I’ll try to write a review for a book I actually like.