Shiver By Maggie Stiefvater
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.
I received this book some years ago from a Secret Santa. I put off reading it because I’d always heard it was supposed to be an amazing book and I figured I’d want to binge-read the series after that and I was on book-buying ban.
And…that’s not what happened.
The atmosphere is about the only thing that went right with this book. That and the twist on the werewolf story. And the cover. The cover is beautiful. But this story was loaded with enough instalove, forgettable characters, and truly cringeworthy sentences that at times I questioned why I kept reading. I did finish it though. Chalk it up to a combination of curiosity and a desire to see things finished.
I’ve always heard good things about Maggie Stiefvater. I won’t let the disappointment of Shiver keep me from reading some of her other books. I still want to read The Raven Boys and The Scorpio Races.
Even though I didn’t like Shiver, I’m still debating about continuing to read the series or not. Do the other books get better or is Shiver considered to the best? If they get better, I might keep going.