Friday, January 25, 2013
Book Review: Shiver
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 enjoyed Shiver, but it wasn't jaw-droppingly wonderful. After hearing so much about it, I was sure it would be something brilliant. Well, I was slightly disappointed, but overall I liked Shiver.
Let's start off with the characters, because that's always the most important part of a book for me. I quite like Grace. She's not some helpless, whiny young girl; no, she's very capable, stoic, and she takes matters into her own hands. I really admired her character. I loved one scene, towards the end, where Grace is captured and must use her wits to save herself. She is a strong, likeable narrator.
Unfortunately, I didn't like Sam as well as I did Grace. I wouldn't go as far as to call him a wimp. However, his voice just never seemed masculine to me. He's just very sensitive, and he also seems to lack a personality. I didn't care for him much.
Also, the plot is slow-moving sometimes. For a while, it didn't seem like there was much going on, but I was eventually drawn in to Grace and Sam's struggle to find a cure so Sam can stay human. I haven't read a ton of werewolf books, but as far as werewolves go, I think the plot is pretty unique. The last 100 pages or so are the best; there is a lot more plot development and action.
Finally, the writing. I like Maggie Stiefvater's writing style a lot. It's lyrical and moving, and she does a great job creating the atmosphere of the story. I could picture the town, the snow, and the woods very well in my mind.
One little thing I didn't like was the fact that Grace's parents are so absent. I know they are supposed to be kind of out of it, but I just thought it's very convenient that they're hardly ever around. That got on my nerves. Still, spite a few dislikes, I did enjoy Shiver. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Linger. Can't wait to see how the story continues!
My rating: 7 out of 10 (3.5 stars)
~ The Bookworm