What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I started reading Shiver back in early September. I'd just finished reading Nightshade, and I was struggling to get into another wolf book right away. So I put it back on the shelf, and decide to read it again for Werewolf Week! Here's the summary from Goodreads: Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance.

What I liked: 1) Different myths. I liked that Miz Stiefvater ignored the usual myths about werewolves (the silver bullets, the full moon) and created something unique. Sam and the rest of the pack change into wolves when the temperature changes. This really had a huge impact on the entire story. The temperature was even listed at the start of each chapter (which was a nice addition!) 2) Sam and Grace. They had a very...Bella and Edward-esque romance about them. In the way they moved around each other, and the way they read each other. It was a very...uplifting kind of love. Makes you feel good just reading about it. 3) Focus. This is something that I don't comment on a lot, but this book was very focused. It wasn't going off in a lot of different directions, so the storyline flowed clearly and cleanly. 4) Descriptions. Miz Stiefvater has a way of describing things so precisely that all of your senses become engaged. There is this one scene in a candy shop where I swear I was gaining weight reading it because it was so acutely described, I might as well have been eating the candy!

What I didn't like: 1) I'm not a big fan of first person alternating narration. When I get into a story I tend to miss things like chapter breaks. So when the narrator alternates, it throws me off.

Overall thoughts: This was a well-written and unique story that left me wishing for Winter. Miz Stiefvater has managed to create a sweet love story in the midst of a paranormal plot with the potential for dangerous outcomes. The whole trilogy of The Wolves of Mercy Falls (of which this is book one) is already on shelves (which means I'm super late reading this one). This didn't leave us with a major cliff hanger, so I'll be waiting a while to read Linger (book 2).

Overall rating: 4 candy corns

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  1. I had a hard time getting into this book, which is weird because I love werewolf stories. I think it wasn't until the very end of the book that I really started enjoying the story. I will agree though that the romance between Sam and Grace is a very sweet and pure one. I definitely liked that he was a good guy and not your typical bad boy.

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  2. I also kinda struggled with this book, largely due to a bad translation. It has something heartbreaking in the voice. I'm planing to reread it some time soon, now that I have the complete trilogy.

  3. I enjoyed this series. I agree that it's to perfect and the different POVs can be confusing but I goth to actually enjoy seeing both point of views. Great review!

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  4. Shiver was definitely a great story. And I actually liked the alternating points of view just because it's nice to get the thoughts of more than one character. I was surprised when I saw there was a second book, and I've still yet to read it even though I've had it for awhile. When you're satisfied with the first book, it's hard to delve into a second one, so I totally understand holding off on reading Linger. Thank you for your honest review. :)

  5. i liked the story i definitely enjoyed it it was just the pace that got me i found it slow. i have had linger for a while just havent got round to it

  6. It took me too long to get into this book, I think for it to just really let me get caught up in the story. I'm seeing that it I'm not alone in that. Thanks for stopping by, y'all!


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