Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
# of Pages: 390
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Series? If so, will I continue reading?
Yes, but no, I will not continue reading
Ratings: (out of 10)
Plot development: 8
Ease of Reading: 10
Do I recommend this book?
Not really, only if you don’t mind super unrealistic romances
Summary from Goodreads:
From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT. 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.
My Opinion (spoiler-free):
I was really excited to read this book. It sounded really interesting to me, and the plot sounded promising. However, when I began to read it, I was soon disappointed.
My main problem with this book was that the two main characters fell in love wayyyy too quickly. Like they met once, and were already all over each other. It just wasn’t believable or realistic. Supposedly, Grace, the main female character, loved Sam, the main male character, as a wolf, long before she ever met him as a human. I just wasn’t buying that though. You basically never get to see them fall in love. It was just like here are these two characters, and they’re in love. I can understand how some people wouldn’t mind this, but it personally really bothered me.
My other problem was with the main characters. They were good characters, I just couldn’t connect with them whatsoever. I didn’t feel happy or sad with them at any point in the book.
There were also, in my opinion, some unnecessary plot twists. Like they were just there so the reader would keep reading, but not to really enhance the story. I also did not like the ending. I understand it’s a series, so it was meant to get me to read the next book, but the ending was just so abrupt, and not satisfying.
I hope really hope Maggie Stiefvater’s other books are good, cause I really want to read and enjoy her Raven Boys series.