‘Shiver’ by Maggie Stiefvater was such a quick read. I was surprised by how speedy it was. I thought it might have been the larger font but I can’t be sure.
This book is about wolves (my all time favourite animal). Mainly about Sam (wolfie boy) and Grace (human). Grace was bitten as a child but never changed and thus created the mystery and the link between her and a certain yellow eyed wolf who she only sees in the winter. The wolves in Mercy Falls change when the temperature drops and after a certain amount of years, they stop changing completely and remain wolves. This is Sam’s last year as a human and its the first year he’s been with Grace officially, so there are a lot of gooey eyes and goodbyes.
I found the connection between Sam and Grace justified to be honest. Sam saved Grace when she was young and they both grew up in each others lives without ever acknowledging it. So when they do interact, it’s natural, as if they’ve been doing it all for years. I get it, and the concept of this is very romantic. There are a lot of complexities in the characters. Each one has a big flaw and I don’t know if this is to make them seem more real but I found it a bit same-y. Sam’s flaw is that he’s wolf, Grace’s flaw is that she isn’t, etc etc. I don’t know why but I just couldn’t accept this for some reason.
Also, Sam sees Grace in the bookstore one summer and he didn’t speak to her?! He knew he was running out of summers and yet he didn’t try? Then when it is his last summer, he’s all bummed out about how little time left they have together. This grated on me a lot. I didn’t see the point in Rachael either, she didn’t bring much to the table and her hyper-ness irritated me. I would have liked to have learnt more about the pack. Hardly know anything about those newcomers even though they’re supposed to take over from Beck. I feel like there are a lot of loose ends which is unnecessary.
I had high hopes for ‘Shiver’ as ‘The Raven Boys’ wrapped around my heart but I feel a little let down. Not sure if I can read the sequel yet. I might leave it a few months and re-assess these feelings. I would like to know what happens to the pack and whether Sam will stay human but I don’t have a burning desire to find out right away. Which is a shame.
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