©2009 Maggie Stiefvater; (P)2009 Scholastic
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
Grace's early encounter with the wolves in the woods just beyond her backyard created a connection. She dreams of the wolf, who seems to have saved her, and his striking yellow eyes. When he shows himself in human form, the questions and mystery with their surrounding love story take off.
The idea for how the wolves transform; are created; hunt; live together; and many more intracacies are fascinating. Steifvater has a different take on the werewolf genre. She's talented and in the candy store sequence, as a reader, you believe you can smell the sweets and feel the old wooden floor beneath your feet after hearing the tinkling bell on the shop door.
The only drawbacks are the narrator for Sam, who sounds like a thirty-something and how whiny and anguished the characters come across. There a few lazy holes in the overall story, for example, Grace's parents are so flighty they don't know if she's at home or has eaten.
Overall, this story is definitely worth a listen for YA enthusiasts, young or old, who enjoy wolfie love stories.
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I'm just going to come right out and say it:
This book is emo bull.
I listened to 8 hours of this story on audiobook before DNFing this at 75%. That is 8 hours of my life that I will never get back.
I know I'm in the minority here. I'm accepting it. However, I just can't see why people are so enamored with this book. I'll get all of my frustration out now by explaining a few of my main issues with this book. **Some minor spoilers ahead**
1) The whole "I shift when it's cold" premise. Okay, so let me get this straight: Sam automatically changes into wolf form when it gets to be "cold" outside (how cold I guess depends on the year- it seems to vary). He can avoid shifting by layering T-shirts and wearing warmer clothes or staying inside where it is warm (This is fact). It is also true that Sam doesn't seem to want to shift, he would prefer to stay as a human. Okay, I don't mean to be captain obvious here but why has no one suggested that SAM MOVE WHERE IT IS ALWAYS WARM???? For GOD's sake! Move to freaking Miami! Move near the equator!? Don't freaking live in Minnesota!?! Pick one of the coldest freaking states why don't you?! Maybe this was brought up after I stopped listening, but from the start of this book I wanted to smack all of the werewolves for not realizing this very, very simple solution.
2) The insta-love. For Christ's sake, come on. I can't handle this anymore. I seriously want to cry. It was redonkulously stupid. It was all, "I've watched you from afar and now that we've met in person I just magically loooooove you."
3) The emo-ness. Sam was so "in touch with his feelings" that as he being attacked or running from danger he repeatedly thinks up awesome phrases to use in his melancholy poetry or decides that it is the perfect time to plan out some lyrics to his next romantic song. He is a drippy, sappy mushball of a man-boy, and it was distracting to hear that in the face of trouble he would be more likely to recite a passage from his favorite poetry book than use his brain.
4) The sexual tension. I am so sick of YA books where the girl is practically humping the guy and the guy holds back so they can "do it right". It is utter crap. There is a way to do YA where there is no sex on page and even no sex at all and make it feel electric. Here, it vaguely read as "sexuality is bad" to me.
5) It was boring. This book was so dull. I forced myself to listen to hours of nothing really happening. It lacked that addictive quality that I need to listen to an audiobook.
6) The narration. Now, I want to talk about this a little. The narrator for Grace's voice was pretty spot on. She sounded age appropriate and I think she did a good job with all of the dialogue. The Sam voice on the other hand... The actor is not a kid and he didn't sound like one. It sounded like a 40 year old, which is disturbing in a YA book. It creeped me out, more than a little bit.
It pains me to give this book 1.5 stars because I love this author in her The Raven Boys series. They were some of my FAVORITE books of last year. That is partly why this book being a failure is such a crushing blow. The actual language of this book wasn't terrible and I know the author can write her ass off, but this book just failed on a lot of fronts for me.
This book is almost too cute to be allowed. Sam is an adorable artistic boy, who's days as a human are numbered. Eventually he will become a wolf forever. Grace is a practical girl, who is fascinated by the wolf who saved her life when she was just eleven. By happy coincidence, that wolf happens to be Sam. The two kids finally a meet (as humans) and develop one of the sweetest relationships I have read in a while, despite or probably because their time together is limited. That being said, there is still a lot of scary things happening around them. And not all the wolfs are nice like Sam. The two kids have to work very hard to stay together, a tremendous feat for teenagers. And some of the other teenage characters inevitably make very stupid, selfish and deadly decisions. In other words, the characters are all delightfully flawed, and have to deal with their fantastic lives in a very realistic way. Ultimately, this is a book you can't put down until you know whether the sweet love story will end happily or with heartbreak.
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I loved this book. It's a young adult romance. There was enough sexual tension to maintain a romance, and what sex there was was discrete.
The love of a girl for the pack of wolves in the woods behind her house had a bizarre twist, integral to the plot.
None of the book was very realistic, but it wasn't meant to be. Werewolves don't exist...but here they do. Most kids of completely incompetent parents don't learn independence and thrive, although resenting their idiot parents. But accept that these kids did, and you'll dive into this story! The ending is a bit abrupt, although there is NOT a cliff hanger and I can't wait for the sequel! I hope that the same two readers read it as well...I loved their voices, (the point of view switched by the chapter between the boy and girl) and how they lived the simple, yet lovely dialog! It was lovely to listen to.
I heart Maggie Steivfater. She is incredibly creative, artistic, and musical. On top of that she writes beautiful fiction and Shiver is the perfect example of this. Sweet and moving, Shiver is a unique and magical love story that captures you from the beginning.
Shiver opens with Grace, as a little girl, being dragged from her back yard and mauled by the wolves that live in the forest behind her house. One yellowed eyed wolf protects her from the hungry pack and saves her life. Despite the attack, Grace feels a connection to the wolves, particularly the yellow eyed wolf that watches from the woods but the wolves of Mercy Falls are no ordinary wolves.
In the cold, Sam becomes a wolf and in the heat, he is a boy. Split between two lives, human and wolf, Sam’s life is complicated. For years, he’s longed to talk to Grace and for her to know his secret.
When Sam and Grace finally meet, there is instant chemistry between them. Linked to each other for years, the two are captivated by each other and their love story warms your heart. Sam is empowered by his love for Grace, yet is disheartened to have met her so close to his final years. Torn by the thought of not being together, they search for a cure for Sam.
Eloquently told from the perspectives of the two main characters, Steivfater interweaves the many intricacies of Sam and Grace’s story. Through Grace, the reader experiences the mystery of the wolves and the real world events of Mercy Falls. Sam’s point of view brings to life the mythology of the werewolves, their challenges, and the remarkable woods in which they live.
Amidst an abundance of werewolf novels, Steivfater’s wolves are unique and imaginative while at the same time very believable. Her poetic prose and stunning love story make Shiver a must read. Linger and Forever are the next books in this enchanting series.
The main characters are so 'Emo' it is almost funny. If you get past the angsty perspectives you may enjoy the story. It is a well thought out plot and the wolves' story is wonderful. I would push the green sample button before buying though because the two narrators are a little ... off? The female sounds about 15 and the man sounds like a 30 year old man imitating a teenage boy. At times it sounded as if he were mocking the character rather than trying to be the character. Really interesting story underneath all the angsty goodness.
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This was a decent story. It didnt have me dying to get back to it, but it was interesting in a kind of boring way. Its the typical young adult supernatural story thats floating around at present, but its sweeter. I didnt have any problems with the narrators-I listened to the male narrator in "Water for Elephants" in which he voiced a young man's voice, so I bought him as an 18 year old guy. The girl does have a young voice, but not once did I get weirded out or notice an age difference. I suppose I would recommend this to someone looking for that "in-between" book when you have a spare credit you dont know quite how to use. I didnt adore it, probably wont listen to it again, but still it passed the last few days enjoyably.
I really liked this book. The narration was good, and the story was even better. I really liked the male and female narrator switches depending on whose point of view that the book was currently being read from. This story definitely had me hooked, and I just had to take it everywhere with me until I finished it!
Better male narrator.
The male narrator's voice is horrible. His voice changes randomly like he's yawning and speaking at the same time. Its annoying and makes you want to stop listening as it is pretty torturous. Listening to Sam's chapters were a struggle.
T. R. Graves, Author
There are many things to keep you interested while you are reading Shiver.
First, you are constantly reminded of the temperature. By the end of the book, you are conditioned to need that 'clue' to help you know if the chapter is going to be a good one or a struggle for life. I will forever remember 15 degrees.
Second, the chapters are so short that you don't have time to become bored. It also makes everything seem very fast paced.
Third, the way Maggie Stiefvater describes smells is incredible. It reminded me of the way Erin Morgenstern visually described everything in The Night Circus (one of my favorite books).
Fourth, Maggie Stiefvater instantly bonds Grace to Sam by frequently reminding us that Sam is Grace's 'wolf'...solidifying our desire for them to beat the odds.
After coming off the The Hunger Games, this book was perfect. There is nothing too serious (i.e. no famine, war, or brutal murder). This book allows you to read for the pure and simple joy of reading...vegging...enjoying a great story created by a phenomenal author.
I should also mention that I LOVE the book cover.
T. R. Graves, author
Warriors of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #1)
Guardians of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #2)
Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series, #3)
This book was a really wonderful surprise. The story is involving, with a fresh twist on an old genre staple. It is complex enough to hold the interest, without losing the forward momentum of the story. It is wonderfully romantic and sweet without being too saccharine, and it took me until part two of the download to realise it was aimed at a younger audience. I am 28, and I was riveted. I would highly recommend this to any romantic, and I am eargerly awaiting the next in the trilogy, Linger.
It is always a pleasure to find an audiobook that grabs your attention from the first sentence. Maggie's words are beautifully written and the two narrators make Shiver a mesmerising listen that you just want to endulge in more and more. I commend Maggie for being one of the handful of authors to write something that makes me shed a tear. This may be aimed at Young Adults but where love and sorrow are involved, anyone can be hooked. I am and now eagerly moving on to the sequel, Linger.
""Shiver a fantastic read""
Loved the book it was well written and sensitive. The descriptions of the wolves and the love for them was lovely. Parents were not so good and she seemed very well rounded for a young woman left to herself so much!! But the love story was fantastic and tear jerking so just relax and enjoy !!!!!!!!
"Shiver me Timbers..."
A fantastically addictive and well written book with everything you could want from a story. Stiefvater's descriptions are beautiful and the plotline is at a perfect pace - not too much action, but more than enough to be interesting and addictive. The characters are relatable (even to non teen readers like me!) and will appeal to fans of Bella and Edward. You will fall in love with the characters right from the word go. I cannot recommend highly enough!
"beautiful love story"
For anyone who was caught up in the romance of Edward and Bella, let me introduce Grace and Sam. Grace has had a fascination with wolves ever since her close encounter with a pack when she was a child. One wolf in particular draws her. Sam is a werwolf eventually doomed to lose his humanity altogether. During his final year as a human, he meets Grace. Having found each other, the young lovers must fight to the death (literally) to stay together. Beautifully written and told from the perspectives of both protagonists, this is a moving, highly enjoyable romance with just the right touch of the paranormal.
This book really makes you think , it's an amazing book , it's incredibly powerful , I definitely think if anyone likes animals this is a book for them , well anyone really , highly recommend.
Such a beautiful story, I will be relistening to my copy again and can?t wait for the next story in the series, Linger.
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