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Monday, March 29, 2010

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Info about future contest

Shiver 
by Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-12326-6
392 Pages
Ages: I would recommend 13 + due to some sexual content and mild violence

Description: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting 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 and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Jen's Review: Damn you Maggie Stiefvater, I didn't get any sleep last night, because I was so involved in Shiver.  Now I am half asleep at work and getting a little snippy with the college students -- it's ok, they deserve it sometimes.  I loved Shiver, it reminded me of some of the YA I read so long ago when I was also young (shut up Jeff, not THAT long ago) I remember many a night where I just couldn't go to bed until I had finished a particular story. I remember that feeling of passion, it made you feel young. This novel made me feel that way again -- well until I got up the next morning only after having 4 hours of sleep.

This is a skillfully written and wonderfully original take on the shape-shifting genre.  It reminded me a little of the novel Twilight, but I found it far better written and much more appropriate for the YA genre.  The story was so deftly written that you could not put it down -- and I didn't thank you very much.  The characters - well with the exception that some were umm -- werewolves (and don't exist right Jake?) are very realistic and the dialogue not contrived.  Another thing I particularly liked was at the beginning of each chapter it listed the outside temperature. This helped convey the sense of urgency in the story.

I wish I was more articulate to be able to express how fantastic this book was.  This novel really stands out against many of the other YA paranormal fiction being written right now.  A lot of the paranormal YA I have read lately has far too much disturbing adult content (I mean come on guys Edward is a little creepy,can you say stalker) for the typical 11 - 13 year old girls who are reading it. I am looking forward to reading more of Maggie Stiefvater.  I recommend this book to pretty much anyone over the age of 13 (and those younger mature readers like I was).

Now to pass this on downstairs to Natasha who is going to read and review it as well.

I received this book from Scholastic Canada in exchange for an honest review.

In the next couple of days I will be creating a 25 Followers contest and the prizes will be some of the books I have reviewed -- so start passing on my blog info.

1 comment:

  1. This book is a must read and a must re-read. In all honesty Shiver could probably be read as a standalone if one didn't wish to read the other two books in the series. The ending was that perfect and how endings should be. Stiefvater truly created a poetic masterpiece that will be a favorite of many for years to come.
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