Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review - Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Another review from about a year ago, a quite short one, with minor changes. Like always, the link to original is at the bottom of the page :)

Genres: YA / Supernatural / Romance
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 review:
First few pages in and I was very critical. Everything sounded too rushed, too simple and I didn't feel like taking anything seriously. I found flaws in dialogue and characters' personalities - like the sudden bursts of anger, etc. But getting further in, I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I had expected to. I admit, I really loved it.

I only bought this book because it cost less than half it's normal price. And when I see a YA book on low price on a bookstore's shelf... well, that's gonna be the last I'll see of this money. I never was very excited about werewolf stories, although I haven't read many. But SHIVER was worth the time I spent on reading it (note that I'm a terribly slow reader, alas, something that really annoys me about myself).

It might've been Sam's character that really got me to enjoy this story. Although I've said I like badboys, I absolutely melt for shy, sensitive and sweet guys. I often feel like we need more dudes like him! Grace's character, on the other hand, was perhaps a bit too practical for my liking. But she didn't get annoying, and that's what is most important.

Four stars, because I found the beginning to be a little less than the rest.

Click here to see this review on Goodreads.

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