Here s how I imagine Stiefvater s meeting with the publishing house.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 Publisher Bingo Months laterStiefvater I wrote a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolf Publisher reads a couple pages Maggie, this is terrible We ll take it In what s becoming a distressing theme in young adult literature aimed at females, Stiefvater s Shiver follows a teenage girl who falls in love with a supernatural creature, and risks life and limb to be with him oftentimes forgetting herself along the way Love, after all, is something every girl needs Truth is, though, I think Maggie Stiefvater might be aworsewriter than Stephenie Meyer Sure, Shiver lacks anything as truly awful as a vampire baseball game, but it does have a brooding protagonist werewolf Sam who writes unfathomably insipid lyrics to songs in his head Check out this masterful sequence She draws patterns on my face These lines make shapes that can t replace the version of me that I hold inside when lying with you, lying with you, lying with you. I like your hair, she said p 157 Here s the deal, everyone I m going to write my own teenage supernatural love story It will be sexy And scary And totally realistic And I m going to write it RIGHT NOW CABRAby JoeJessa woke up with a start The pale sunlight filtered through the linen curtains, casting a soft glow on the chupacabra s skin, highlighting the sick, putty colored spine How had it gotten into her room No matter The glances that had passed between them in the desert earlier that day hadn t been in vain Jessa swooned, casting a sultry look at the chupacabra Her chupacabra She reached out to it, and it ripped her fucking arm off.THE END Lovely, lyrical, and achingly sad Shiver is introspective than most YA books and is sometimes criticized for being too slow or wordy, but I found it to be beautifully written, tragic, and a gorgeous take on werewolf lore Sam s desperate struggle to hold onto his humanity is incredibly poignant, and his heartrending relationship with Grace is deeply emotional and sweet It s a book that makes me cry every time I read it Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes His eyes were yellow, sad, wolf, mine These stay the same Remember that when you look at me Remember it s me Please PS this book is NOTHING like Twilight, despite the inevitable comparisons because of the subject matter It s in a class all its own.
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 storyfor mood purposes, you need to know that the setting of this book is frigid, so, well, feel cold okayMoving 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 times than I can count. To sum it up, this book should have been called Twilight Team Jacob Version Why Well, while I understand that the author wrote her first draft of Shiver before Twilight came out, still, the similarities are striking A boring girl whose only personality traits are obsessing about her supernatural boyfriend, doing homework and cooking dinner for her parents check an emo supernatural boyfriend whose life revolves around his human flame, who plays an instrument and writes songs for his girl check a boy and a girl sleeping in the same bed night after night and no matter how much this girl asks for it, the hero says no, because it s not right check parents, who are oblivious to the fact that their daughter practically has a live in boyfriend check I can go on, but I am sure you get the picture.Why 2 stars and not less then Well, the writing is not bad It is a little purplish, but at least we are spared numerous chagrins and endless Edward is a beautiful god like creature rants I have to note here however, that although the writing and author s vocabulary are much better than Stephenie Meyer s, this book lacks that signature Twilight addictive quality I can t believe I just wrote this because I am not even a Twilight fan , the middle of the book is especially slow moving The werewolf mythology, although very little explored, is based on a moderately novel idea of the transformation caused by changes in temperature And finally, the main scorer is that Stiefvater manages to create in her book an atmosphere of coldness You literally feel cold reading this book all the time I have to give her some credit for this, I am sure it takes skill.Overall, it is an OK romance paranormal story emphasis on romance here I expect if you love Twilight, you ll like this book too I personally didn t care for it much There are 2 books in this series, but I doubt I ll be reading them.Reading challenge 1 S Who is publishing these horribly written YA novels Who every publisher, ever And importantly, why for tons of cash 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 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 interesting not long before this book crossed my path I d finished reading Blood and Chocolate, which is, overall, somewhat enjoyable even if it is a little weird so I just had to read it But guess what Not an interesting story Not even kind of The coupling in this book Bizarre Boring I mean, really boring Sam doesn t think like a guy Not even a little Sam thinks like a woman A really boring older woman No guy throws on a puffy coat and thinks I look like a blimp in this thing No heterosexual guy No way Not ever I can t help but wonder if Sam ever gets around to asking Grace if his pants make his butt look fat But I digress.Grace is Boring Not only that but she s also insipid, and irritating Did I mention mind numbingly boring So just to review Grace She s Bella Swan s evil, but oh so very boring twin And the character named Isabella I think that s her name , that, like, pisses herself WTF WHY Seriously, WHY It s because of the pissing scene that I stopped paying attention to the audio book Sure, every once in a while I caught snippets of the story But none of it was interesting So eventually I turned it off and cursed Audible for having a no return policy sure, it totally makes sense But still Tangent Look, I wasted one of my audible credits on this piece of trash I can t resell it, or even trade it for something better I m pissed.Speaking of the audio book like I said earlier it was horribly cast The female narrator sounds like a fourteen year old girl And the male narrator sounds like my old elementary school gym coach The one that sorta looked like a child molester you know what I m talking about, everyone had a coach like that Everyone.Needless to say, the audio book gave me heebies from the get go I couldn t help but picture some ninth grade girl because, like I said, she sounds quite young flirting with her disgusting teacher who has a mustache and wears tiny gym shorts I m still traumatized So yeah, I advise you don t read this book And definitely don t buy the audio book If you do, don t say I didn t warn you That is all. I saw it I saw her, in a way I d never seen anything before.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 all and adds so beautifully broken characters into her plot line I don t know how she does it, but I m addicted to her books and no matter if other readers think that she disappointed them with Shiver , all I can say is Maggie you made me very happy with this book 333Beck made perfect eggs More than that Beck kept me Sam Back then, with the scars on my wrists still so fresh, I d been so dangerously close to fracturing into something that was neither human nor wolf Aww Sam I swear Sam is such a special snowflake and I loved him right from the start This boy is precious, so damn precious I can t even I loved that he was always so shy around Grace and that he tried to keep his distance even though he was in love with her Beck was right Sam really is the best of them all And don t even get me started about his yellow eyes How cool is that A boy that turns into a wolf and has yellow eyes XD Also his past, oh my Maggie you have a talent to write the best broken characters and Sam is no exception to the rule Poor boy and what he had to go through I just wanted to wrap him into a blanket and keep him warmI wondered what Grace saw in me, why I fascinated her What was I without my wolf skin A boy stuffed so full of words that they spilled out of me And no matter how many people think this is a typical YA story with werewolves Well, you re not wrong but you re definitely not right either I mean yes we have the insta love trope and it s pretty strong in that one, but if you think about it Grace and Sam kinda knew each other for years lol PLUS Sam isn t the super strong alpha male who s a tease and tries to get into Grace s pants Nope, quite the contrary, he is shy, he s super sweet, he s decent, he s vulnerable and he s not strong At least not physically His mind Well, that s an entirely different story because this boy definitely has a than just strong will 3Dull orange brown leaves, dry and dead, clung to the branches and fluttered in the wind, waiting for the gust of wind that would knock them to the ground That was what Sam was transient A summer leaf clinging to a frozen branch for as long as possible He fought against his change and boy how hard he fought In fact both of them did Grace tried her best to help him, but with the temperatures dropping so low this was a real struggle And this kind of brings me to the next thing I loved about the book The temperature information at the beginning of every chapter This was a really cool detail and it really helped me to get a feel for the storyI felt like things were getting away from me I d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unravelling, an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold As for the side characters I loved Isabel and I was intrigued with Beck They both were interesting characters and I m pretty curious if they will make an appearance in the next book I can t really say that I want to see Shelby, but I m afraid she ll make an appearance no matter if I want her to or not lol Also can I have of Paul He seemed to be a fun character and he s the wolf pack leader so I hope there will be time with him in Linger XD All told I enjoyed this immensely and because the ending was so abrupt I feel like I need to dive into the next book soon I m afraid I was once again left with thousands of questions and I m in dire need of some answers, so we better start to read this soon Werewolves are perfect for October, right lol Last but not least I want to thank my awesome Sugar Bun for reading this book with me As always our buddy read was rather spontaneous but I really enjoyed it and I loved that we tried to guess the ending And in my defence What would you do without me You d never read all those amazing yucky love romances lol P So are you ready for book two grins innocently Haha Trolls You are welcome to comment on my review I won t delete your comments Curse my name, curse my mother, I don t care But please, don t forget to leave a comment And make sure to send my review to all of your friends.And the award for worst book of 2009 goes to ShiverWhat 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.1 GraceGrace has to be the worse heroine ever Excuse this comparison, but she s worse than Bella Swan Grace treats her friends, her parents, and her schoolmates like dirt This isn t true, you say Grace is caring, wholesome, and ever so devoted to Sam Keyword here Sam She cares for no one but her wolf Excuse me while I gag She treats Rachel and Olivia like they re pets She never spends time with them She has to remind herself that they re her friends She ignores them in favor of a wolf A wolf that tried to eat her I know that many girls are offended when their best friend ignores them to spend time with a guy How would you feel if they ignored you for an animal Keep in mind that for the first 1 3rd of Shiver, Grace doesn t know that Sam is a werewolf Grace is unable to empathize with anyone Let me give you an example.Not because the attention bothered me, but because every time someone remembered I was dragged from my tire swing, they remembered it could happen to anyone And I wondered how many someones it would take before they decided to go after the wolves.To go after my wolf.I knew this was the real reason why I couldn t forgive Jack for dying.You can say that this quote is taken out of context It doesn t matter The fact that she thinks like this is disgusting This girl was attacked by wolves when she was six Yet, for whatever reason, she s in love with one of the wolves who tried to eat her Does this make any sense No.Here s Sam s thoughts, straight from the book.I could smell her blood, a warm, bright scent in this dead, cold world I saw Salem jerk and tremble as he ripped at her clothing My stomach twisted, painful it had been so long since I d eaten I wanted to push through the wolves to stand next to Salem and pretend that I couldn t smell her humanness or hear her soft moans She was so little underneath our wildness, the pack pressing against her, wanting to trade her life for ours.Very romantic He wanted to eat his true love the first time he saw her And Grace, for whatever reason, loves him It s not like he saved her from being eaten Trolls You want to know the reason why Shiver gets compared to Twilight so frequently Because it pales in comparison to Twilight Make no mistake I hate Twilight But this is worse.Back to Grace She feels no sympathy for the boy who was killed by the wolves He might have been a jerk, but that is no excuse Grace, out of everyone in that town, should know what it s like to nearly die She should be consoling Isabelle, and Isabelle s parents Instead, she continues to think about her wolf If Sam had saved her, that would be something else entirely But in the land of YA, preventing yourself from eating someone, or killing someone Edward and Patch is the first sign of true love How romantic Grace is also a jerk to Isabelle my favorite character in the god awful book Keep in my that 1 Isabelle loved her brother.2 She doesn t want to think he s dead.3 Everyone knows that Grace has a special connection with the wolves.4 Jack s body is missing and the wolves attacked him.Isn t it reasonable to assume that Grace knows something Instead, Grace tries to keep her out of the know to protect her wolf Apparently, a wolf is important than a human being Don t get me wrong I love dogs But if it came down to my dog or someone s brother, that dog would be gone in a millisecond Even if Grace knew that her wolf was a werewolf, it doesn t matter She s known Jack and Isabelle her entire life She s known Sam for a few days Not even Bella Swan is that selfish 2 SamSam is worse I hate him You want to know why His existence as a boy is illogical He s not supposed to remember his time as a wolf right Yet he remembers Grace I believe I started hating him the first time he appeared as a boy He s rude to Rachel and Olivia He s supposed to be a cashier He s supposed to be helpful and nice Instead, he ignores his customers and proceeds to ogle Grace He continues his bad customer service into book two He s rude to Isabelle, even though her brother just died And he survived He s worse than Sam Uley At least Sam Uley had no choice He had to imprint on Emily It was fate Whatever he does isn t his fault.Sam, on the other hand, is a whiny emo He writes horrible poetry He writes horrible songs He sounds like the kind of boyfriend a sixteen year old girl would write into her self insert fan fictions Oh, and he does have a Leah Shelby.I know they aren t involved I know Shelby is kind of crazy But that s no excuse to treat her the way Sam does He ignores her Much like Damon does Drina in Ever, an equally bad book 3 The Purple ProseCool air bit my cheeks and pinched at the tops of my ears, reminding me that summer was officially over My stocking cap was stuffed in the pocket of my coat, but I knew my wolf didn t always recognize me when I was wearing it, so I left it off I squinted at the edge of the yard and stepped off the deck, trying to look nonchalant as I did The piece of beef in my hand felt cold and slick.I crunched out across the brittle, colorless grass into the middle of the yard and stopped, momentarily dazzled by the violent pink of the sunset through the fluttering black leaves of the trees This stark landscape was a world away from the small, warm kitchen with its comforting smells of easy survival Where I was supposed to belong Where I should ve wanted to be But the trees called to me, urging me to abandon what I knew and vanish into the oncoming night It was a desire that had been tugging me with disconcerting frequency these days.4 The PacingThis story is slow and boring Nothing happens What s the plot Where s the conflict 5 The RomanceSam and Grace have no chemistry None If you find some, please tell me I m not finding any Sam, our resident leaky womb, and Grace, our insensitive twit, share no hobbies Heck, Sam has chemistry with her mother Why do they love each other I don t know 6 The CharacterizationWhat characterization 7 The Conclusion view spoiler Apparently, Jack dies so Sam can live What sort of sick shit is this Our moral True love is better than family hide spoiler READ 3 2018So I hadn t read this inwoah, 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 justI 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 the story I was just absorbed by werewolves and book lovers and grief and wanting and the excitement of life and the fear of lose And it was so so beautifully written Ajfkdslad.ALSO SAM IS THE SOFTEST AND I LOVE HIM TO DEATH.SAAAAAM And shout out to the food scenes, which I didn t pay attention to until this time But there is so much food And it s all so symbolic in how it s portrayed Sam and Grace having candies and peppermint hot chocolates together as their first real date vs Sam as a baby werewolf learning to kill rabbits and crying Grace cooking for herself in a lonely cold house vs Sam making Grace porridge And that WHOLE SCENE where they peel back Isabel s ice princess snarly sharp walls and she has fun making mushroom omelettes with themajfskald Let s just say food is important here and I love love these scenes READ 2 2014 THIS IS A REREAD I read it first about, say, 2 years ago nowand I ve just read Sinner, so I wanted to reread Shiver because I MISS LITTLE GRACE AND SAM AND ISABEL AND COLE I ll be honest mostly Isabel and Colebut I do love Sam and Grace Second time round, my thoughts I noticed, compared to Maggie Stiefvater s writing now, Shiver was a lot thicker on description and action less prose The description still has the beautiful woah moments, but not as often as, say, The Raven Boys or The Scorpio Races And I also noticed that Sam and Grace literally RAN into their relationship They knew of each other, but not really each other, if you know what I mean Usually I d be twitchy at thatbut it s Sam He s so sweet and unassuming And Grace is so black and white and Vulcan OMG LET ME SHIP YOU TWO ADORABLE PUPPIES Plus they have the best banter in the world I want to read the second two again now Ah, if I had to answer the question what s your guilty pleasure reading , it d probably be rereading this series I thoroughly enjoyed it and was only skimming a few pages because I wanted to get back to the dialogue It s definitely the strongest part The characters all just shine in this book Like even the briefest mentions of Isabel she s already popping with personality, even before she comes over to make quiche The only characters who lacked, actually ironically were Grace s two BFF Olivia and Rachel They felt like cookie cutters the introvert and the extrovert, and Grace s need to make them stickbut she forgets that in her need for Sam s wolfish musk But hey, it s Sam It s probably understandable.WHY DID SAM GET SO FEW YEARS Why can t life be pie and sweet shops Okay, I need book 2 because I want Cole and Isabel s snark to start. (Epub) ⚸ Shiver ß 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 WithoutMeanwhile, 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 AgainNow, 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 that fact that you guys aka my GR friends have given this book a collective average rating of 2.98 made me believe i was in for a pretty disappointing experience so it feels strange to be on the other side of a minority opinion to enjoy a book most seem to not like as its usually the other way around 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 also human , its actually a pretty decent story the characters are well developed, the writing is great, the flow and pacing of everything is very cohesive overall, i cant really find any fault other than the fact that im not in love the story its nowhere near as terrible as i originally thought it would be, its just doesnt have that wow factor i have experienced with some other series ie i dont feel the overwhelming need to pick up the next book to find out what happens next.i will most likely continue the series at some point, but my track record with stiefvater isnt the best i tend to get easily bored with her stories as they progress, so my fingers are crossed this series changes that 3.5 stars