Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver - Audiobook Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic

When I decided to pick up Shiver and finally give it a try, I was feeling like I was the last person in the world to read the book.  Now that I’ve finished it, I can see why everyone else has read and loved this book!  It was everything I’d heard it was – basically, fantastic.  I had put off reading Shiver for so long because I was nervous it would be Twilight with werewolves instead of vampires, and thank goodness it is NOT that.  The only thing that is Twilight-esque about Shiver is the whole girl-meets-nonhuman-boy-and-falls-in-love thing; everything else about Shiver is purely original and purely awesome.

Let’s talk about the book, shall we?  For those of you who don’t know much about the plot, Shiver‘s heroine is seventeen-year-old Grace, who has been obsessed with the wolves living behind her house ever since she was attacked by them at age nine.  One wolf in particular has always had a special affection for Grace, even allowing her to pet and hold him one time.  When a local teen is killed by the wolves, a group of hunters attempts to eradicate the town of them for good, and after the shooting, Grace finds an injured boy about her age shivering in the woods.  She takes just one look at him and realizes that this boy, Sam, is her wolf in his human body.

I honestly did not believe that a book about the love between a werewolf boy and a human girl could be this good, this believable, this sweet.  But it totally is all of those things.  The relationship between Grace and Sam developed at such a natural pace I would forget at some points throughout the story that I was reading a fantasy novel and feel instead like I was reading a well-written young adult romance.  The way Stiefvater managed to create these incredibly believable, likeable characters who also happened to be wolves half their lives was just amazing to me.  I mean, I loved Sam.  Had I read this book as a teenager, I would have pined for a Sam of my own.  And he is a wolf!  I am just mildly appalled that I managed to fall so much in love with a wolf!

I also really, really liked Grace.  At the beginning of the book I was feeling like she was a little crazy and a lot strange for being so obsessed with these wolves, but once I got to know Sam and got to know Grace’s story, I liked her more and more.  She came across as such an authentic character, and while I would have wanted Sam for myself as a teen, I would have wanted to be friends with Grace.

I experienced Shiver as an audiobook, and I thought the production was done very well.  Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux did an excellent job channeling the personalities of Grace and Sam and they held my attention throughout the book.  I was disappointed when I realized that my library doesn’t have the sequel, Linger, on audio right now.  I’d love to listen to that one too; however I’ll have to settle for the print version.

In conclusion, Shiver is excellent and I highly recommend it.  Don’t pass it up like I did in fear of it being too similar to other young adult fantasy novels – it is very unique and deserves a class all its own.


22 thoughts on “Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. I’m with you. I held out on this one for awhile because I was worried it would be a cheesy mess, but it was great. Sweet Sam and determined Grace were such great characters and the audio version was really good.

  2. I loved it too. I had never read any young adult fiction (not even when I was one, I don’t think) and lately I’ve been discovering some really awesome stuff — a lot of it is like good adult fiction without a lot of extraneous ‘trying to sound sophisticated’ crap. I didn’t know there was a sequel. I’m not sure how I feel about there being a sequel. Now I’m conflicted — thanks a lot!

    1. Lol, sorry to conflict you, but actually Shiver is the first in a trilogy. The last one is going to be released in early 2011 I think (not sure when exactly). I think it’s great there’s more of Grace and Sam – I absolutely love them!

  3. I loved this one too and so did my son!! I’m getting ready to go to the library right now to get book two for him! Imagine that..a 15 year old boy who liked this book 😀

    1. Wow, I’m shocked and also happy that your 15 year old son enjoyed it so much! I wouldn’t think it would have such universal appeal but it’s wonderful that it does. I’m glad you loved it too, Staci!

  4. I’ve been meaning to read this one! I’m happy to hear it’s good on audio, because my TBL (to be…listened?) pile is much smaller than my TBR pile. That means I might actually get to it sometime soon!

    1. Yes, that’s exactly how I am. I have SO many paper books but not as many audios, so anything great on audio makes me happy. This one definitely falls in that category!

  5. I’ve had this and Linger sitting on my TBR shelf ever since the second one came out. You definitely make it sound absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to read it!

  6. I, too, was hesitant to read Shiver thanks to the disaster that was Twilight, but I LOVED it. I just read it for the second time (I am going to model a book talk for my students using Shiver in a devious plot to get them to all want to read Shiver!), and it was even better this time around!

    If I remember correctly, I think that the audio of Linger is still in production. I’m sure there would be info on Stiefvater’s blog, which is awesome in and of itself. Here’s the link:

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