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ISBN13: 9780545123266
ISBN10: 0545123267
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Maya W, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Maya W)

Shiver is a thrilling love story about a girl named grace who falls in love with a boy named Sam. They love each other and everything is perfect except, Sam is no ordinary boy. He is a wolf. He lives with a pack of other wolves and can transform into a human when the weather gets warm. Sam knows that this is the last year he will be able to change into a human. Grace must fight to keep him human because she knows that if he changes he is never going to come back.
I really enjoyed reading Shiver because it has such descriptive writing that you can almost feel the cold and smell the crisp leaves. I would recommend this book to girls mostly who like magic, love, and suspense. This book changes from Sam’s perspective to Grace's every couple of chapters. I really liked this because you could see the world through both of their eyes. I also think that people who liked Twilight would like this book a lot because there are some similarities to them. I really loved reading this book and I hope you love it as much as I did.
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Lieder Madchen, September 6, 2011 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
Shiver is such a perfect title for the first book in this series. It sends shivers down your spine and all over every inch of skin as you read. The first thing I noticed when I opened Shiver was that the text was a lovely shade of blue that matched the cover. I thought that this would bother me, but within two chapters I realized that I liked it. It was another thing that made this book unique.

The second thing I noticed was the beautiful writing style. I could drown in those wonderful, lyrical words. It is written in the alternating points of view of Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth. Both are distinctly different individuals with their own unique style. I loved them both, but Sam in particular. His side of the story is so heartbreaking, his words so abstract and beautiful. When I read about his past and what his parents had done to him, I wanted to cry. I don't think I have ever become so invested in a character so quickly before, but Sam's vulnerability and simple dreams captured me immediately.

Grace is a more subtle character, so it is harder to pinpoint the moment when she slipped under my guard. By the time I noticed, she and Sam where two parts of one whole instead of separate entities. The idea of one without the other is just wrong. Sam is the leader, but Grace is the one who gives him strength and keeps him gently rooted in reality when he threatens to fade away.
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Leigh Livick, December 1, 2010 (view all comments by Leigh Livick)
Boy saves girl from wolves. Girl loves wolf-boy from afar. Wolf-boy loves girl from afar. Will they find each other? I wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised!
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crowyhead, April 5, 2010 (view all comments by crowyhead)
I was totally torn on whether to give this four stars or five; I know it's not a perfect book and there were actually things I thought could have been better, but I ended up giving it five stars because I just loved it so much in spite of its flaws. Consider it a 4.5, I guess.

Grace has always been fascinated by -- and a little in love with -- the pack of wolves that frequents the winter woods behind her home in Northern Minnesota. She thinks of one wolf in particular as "hers," a male with riveting yellow eyes who has always seemed to share some measure of fascination with her as well. When a boy from her high school is attacked and killed, apparently by the same wolves, however, it's not within Grace's power to stop the retaliatory hunt that follows. In the aftermath she finds a boy her age, Sam, who has been shot. A boy with yellow eyes.

The book is combination of hypnotic, gentle love story and tense thriller. The relationship between Grace and Sam is of course intensely romantic and fraught with werewolfish problems, but it feels strikingly real nonetheless, grounded in the details of the way a person smells, the tilt of a loved one's head, the decision to take hold of someone's hand or let it go. I found myself completely caught up in their story, aching for them and wanting everything to somehow come out ok, despite my tendency to roll my eyes over love stories.

Stiefvater's take on the werewolf legend is also refreshing. There are echoes of half-remembered folktales and folklore, but she doesn't labor overly hard to explain the phenomenon or work out some kind of werewolf society except where it's necessary to the plot. Since this is apparently the first in a series, I expect there will be more details to come, but the reader only knows as much as Sam knows, and Sam is relatively inexperienced.

There were things that I found flawed. The pacing and plotting is just a little off, mainly at the end; a lot of things happen very quickly and aren't set up quite as well as they could have been, and the final chapter is a bit abrupt. My main problem was that there is a character, one of Grace's friends, who turns out to be very important to the plot, but who never felt fleshed out completely, so her motivations are rather confusing. Now that I know that this is a series, I have to wonder if she will be the focus of the next book; I expect at the very least that she'll play a larger role.

Of all the latest crop of vampire and werewolf-themed YA novels that I've read, this was by far my favorite, and I hope that Stiefvater keeps up the good work.
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irisheyz_5, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by irisheyz_5)
So my book bully has been telling me to read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater almost since she first read it last May. But the arm twisting didn't fully start until after she read an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of Linger, which is the followup book that is due to hit shelves this July. I've heard mixed things about Shiver so wasn't entirely sold on it but not one to resist my book bully for long I decided to pack it on the plane with me for my trip to New Mexico.

My first thoughts on Shiver was that the storyline was a little slow. I kept waiting for something bigger to happen but it never came. At about 1/2 way through I was texting my book bully asking what the deal was with the werewolves staying in MN. I mean if the change is triggered by cold then why not move south? Seems logical to me. Her response was to just wait. And so wait I did. And an answer did eventually come but I can't say its one that makes any sense to me. I don't agree with it on many levels, but its the answer that I am stuck with as that is what Stiefvater came up with. Though my initial response when I did read Stiefvater's answer was "WTF? Seriously?" and that is still what I think when it comes to it.

Overall the story wasn't bad but I am not one of the hundreds of Shiver lovers out there. The writing was solid but the world building was just so-so. Grace and Sam often came off as pretty two dimensional. I also hated the utter lack of presence of Grace's parents who were like cardboard cutouts staged just to show that she had parents but they didn't add any depth to the story. I'd be amazed if they had though as they had absolutely no depth at all. Saying all that though I didn't hate the story. I'm kind of ambivalent to the whole thing with no strong emotions either way. If I didn't pick up a copy of Linger at ALA then I'm not sure if this would be a book series that I would continue. But since I do have Linger I feel as though I should give it a shot....eventually.

As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545123266
Author:
Stiefvater, Maggie
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Author:
Skovron, Jon
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Animals - Wolves
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Shiver
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 400 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780545123266 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I know there's a ton of competition for the next big book to read after the Twilight saga, and I can guarantee one book that will fill the void: Shiver. Atmospheric, looming with danger, and positively brimming with that impossible romance — I couldn't put it down. Great gift!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Stiefvater leaves the faeries of Lament and Ballad for a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love. For years, Grace has been fascinated by the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her from its pack when she was a child. Sam, bitten by a wolf as a boy, is that wolf. Long obsessed with each other at a distance, they finally meet after a wolf hunt (inspired by the apparent death of a local teen) sends a wounded and temporarily human Sam into Grace's arms. Their young love is facilitated by Grace's hands-off parents ('Once upon a time, I would've leaped at the rare opportunity of curling up with Mom on the couch. But now, it sort of felt like too little, too late,' Grace muses), but threatened by two linked crises: the fact that Sam will soon lose the ability to become human and the instability of a new lycanthrope. Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Love can be a real monster.
 
Sixteen-year-old Boys never left home.  When youre the son of Frankensteins monster and the Bride, its tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob.  And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, its important they maintain a low profile.
 
Boys only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where hes a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code.  When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he cant escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.
 
This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man. 
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