Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press, Imprint of Scholastic Inc.
Length: 390 pages
Genera: Romance
Subjects: Werewolves, insta-love, Paranormal Romance

Rating: ✭ ½

The Cold.
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.
The heat.
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.
The Shiver.
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.

Contrary to what you would expect, Shiver is a book about a furry love story, in which Grace falls deeply in love with a wolf. This wolf turns out to be a nice guy named Sam, but she doesn’t know that until.. after she falls in love with the wolf. To each their own, I suppose.

In all seriousness however, Shiver is an extremely bad book. The writing is sub par, at best, and the characters are infuriating. Nothing Grace does makes any sense and Sam is a wolfboy who stalked a girl for six years. The plot lacked severely in any substance, as the majority of the book was focussed on how much Sam and Grace love each other.

Every single character was infuriating, in several different levels which range from Grace levels to Sam levels. Grace was dependent on Sam and an incredibly weak heroine. Sam was fairly lowkey irritating because he really didn’t do much except for stalk Grace and profess his undying love for her. At least there was only one pseudo-macho love interest in this book, instead of the usual two.

Plot-wise, Shiver was incredibly inadequate. The plot had real possibility, yet Stiefvater reduced it to a very confusing romance. There were characters, such as Isabel, who could have amounted to so much more if they were given the chance to.

I do not plan on reading any more of this series, or this author, as I am throughly disappointed with what I read. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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