Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Reviewer: Rebekah
Title: Shiver
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
From: Library (Audiobook)
Series: yes
Rating: 3.5-4/5 stars





Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.










I kept seeing this book everywhere, so I said to myself, “What the heck? You can read about werewolves.”


A lot of people LOVED it (granted, most were girl ages 15-22), but I was skeptical starting it.
So, in preparation for a weekend drive (all alone in my car for several, boring hours), I thought I’d give the audiobook a try.


The voices were kind of annoying. Grace’s voice seemed to young and Sam’s voice seemed too old. It took me a while to get used to that. I might have to actually read it.


Other than that, I liked the writing. 
Grace grew on me. I liked her more when I realized we looked similar (blonde hair, brown eyes), but she was kind of boring. In a way though, it made her more normal. Except, I keep reading all these books about kids who are more mature than their parents. I KNOW that isn’t always the case. Still, it made the story better.


Sam was pretty good. His artsy let-me-burst-into-a-lyrical-ballad tone kind of annoyed me at first, but he was sweet. He’s a werewolf, but he’s also a tender soul. Touching. Hm.


They REALLY liked each other, huh? But I guess there “love” was kind of supernatural, you know? That’s probably why it was so intense.


Regardless of weird voices or dramatic behaviors, it was entertaining, if not a little anti-climatic. I kind of saw every “shocking” thing coming. The writing was nice though. 


Am I going to get the others? Probably. But not on audiotape.



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