Friday, 19 October 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1)
Paperback, June 1 2010, 392 pages
Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

My thoughts

Started reading this book as part of a group challenge on Goodreads. I'd heard it was amazing but to be honest I was really let down, the writing style wasn't really up to par, although it was marginally better than Twilight. I was expecting so much more from this book and couldn't understand what everybody saw in it. The female lead Grace was totally bland with nothing more to add to her personality other than the fact she's in love with a wolf. And as soon as he turns into a boy the story just gets worse and worse. There is a total lack of tension in this book where I expecting loads. There where a few parts in the book that I just couldn't find believable at all. Such as Grace and Sam are both teenagers, sharing a bed every night, with no parental supervision whatsoever and yet there's no hanky panky (except from near the end). Come on this is the 21st century for god's sake, yes the author may be trying to promote abstinence and that but there should have been much more sexual tension. Grace's parents bugged me as well, they where practically non existent in Grace's life, yet there was no explanation of this whatsoever.
Despite all these problems though I still found myself reading it until the end, so there must have been something good about the book, although I haven't a clue what it was. The idea of the wolves changing dependant on the weather intrigued me, I'd never heard of this before so was actually really interested in the concept. Although I found it lacking in depth it was still an enjoyable read and will find myself reading the next one in the future.

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