I wasn't excited. I had been looking forward to this read, but when I actually bought the book and started it, it took me a while to get into it. I was a little disappointed that it didn't grab my attention. I wasn't convinced by the love story. It was an okay read, but I'm not looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
I have mixed feelings for this one. On the positive side, it is a FANTASTIC love story. Absolutely gripping. You can feel the passion radiating from the pages. Hot and steamy. Stiefvater’s writing style is wonderful as well. There were parts of the book that were almost poetic the prose was so beautifully written. Unfortunately, those were the only things that gave me goose bumps.
My complaints are rather minor. As I read, I just couldn’t refrain from comparing Shiver to the Twilight books. I could go through my list of similarities, but I won’t. The one thing that keeps me from saying this book is a must read is the plot itself. There were a good 100 pages or so that had me nodding off. It was so slow. For the romance lovers, those pages contained a lot of relationship building. It was nice to feel the sizzling passion between the characters, but I was hoping for a little more action. I mean, there was a vindictive she-wolf running around causing trouble, but she didn’t appear very often. There were times when so much action was missing that the plot felt stagnant.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The storyline was detailed, and I can tell that the remaining books will hold a lot of secrets (like the outcome of the crazy cliffhanger ending). Personally, I want to know what will happen between Sam and Grace.
I loved the whole concept of the story! It's about a girl named Grace who at the age of 8 was attacked by the wolves in the woods behind her house.One wolf saved her though ever since that day she keeps seeing "her wolf" in the woods behind her house.She becomes completely fascinated by him and he seems to be fascinated by her, then they meet! I'll leave the rest of the story for you to find out about!
I did really enjoy what the story was about and how it flowed! My only complaint is that it's too sexual. It really bothers me when the teens in a young adult book have sex.There is enough books out there with sex in them that I feel it's not necessary in a young adult book.Teens see and hear about sex enough and it shouldn't be in a book. That being said, I guess my religious beliefs and values make my review lower than most.I do think it's a good book but I want people to be warned about the content.
Lots of people have really enjoyed this book. It was enjoyable but just too slow for me. The way the writing flows, it is at a slow pace and there are not a lot of fast paced action scenes. Despite this, it wasn't boring. The writing and characters were excellent. Her version of werewolves was different and interesting. I did read the sequel, Linger, and enjoyed it more.
Beatifully Written, but Not Quite the Wolf Tale I Expected
Reader reviewed by Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
Shiver has gotten a lot of praise
since its release and I can understand why, in some respects at least.
Stiefvater introduces us to Grace, the everyday, average shy girl with
a strange obsession with wolves and Sam, one of the wolves in question.
Grace has had this obsession and need for the wolves in her life since
she was a little girl. Sam, the yellow-eyed wolf/man has been watching
Grace for as long as she can remember. When their worlds collide, a
romance spirals out from it and many difficulties follow.
The werewolf mythology that Stiefvater
develops is interesting, but the story is more about the romance and
Im not a huge romance person. The wolf story had me hooked from the
beginning though and I would have loved to know more about that aspect
of it. Graces and Sams alternating POVs is refreshing and I found
myself reading more to get to know them better. I do have to say that
there were more than a few parts that I didnt enjoy though.
Graces obsession with the wolves is
integral to the story, but her apparent love for the wolves, not Sam
the person, but being in love with a wolf prior to knowing it/he was a
person, is just weird to me. It made me view Grace in a skewed way. I
can understand her obsession, but her being in love just didnt make
sense to me. There was also some language that I absolutely could not
stand. Grace is 17 and Sam is 18 and I dont need them to be dropping
f-bombs left and right, but saying poopy!? No. Realistically, a 17 or
18 year old would not say poopy and it just made me laugh. Sams
constant lyrical, poetic breakthroughs were annoying and some scenes
were way too sappy for my liking.
The overall story and the rest of the
writing allowed me to get past these most of these issues and still
enjoy the book to a degree. Steifvater certainly can write well and put
you into that Minnesota atmosphere. The entire time I was reading it I
felt cold. The book is cold, but in such a good way. I do wish that the
minor characters had a somewhat larger role because I was completely
drawn to Isabel, but I did enjoy what little of them we get to see.
Unfortunately, I rarely felt completely engrossed and devoted to the
love story aspect, but the wolves kept me reading. Grace and Sam were
well-developed and even though the ending felt rushed, I still
recommend reading the book. Im sure many people will be unable to put
the book down, even though I dont feel quite the same way.
I have to say that the Rilke excerpts were incredible and the last one was absolutely heartbreaking.