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The first book of an amazing series
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
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Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Date: 18/05/12, updated on 18/05/12 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Original storyline with great characters
Disadvantages: Too much blood
Shiver is the first in a three part series by Maggie Stiefvater. I'm always looking for something different to read and the back of this book really caught my attention so I decided to take a chance and buy all three in the series.
I'm really glad I bought all three because I just couldn't put the book down and as soon as I'd finished the first I immediately picked up the second, and then the third after that! As much as I love reading, this is unusual for me. I tend to pick up other books in between or leave books for a few days and come back to them. With this I was reading it even if I only had time to read one page, just because I had to know what was going to happen next.
Shiver tells the story of Grace and Sam. As a young girl Grace was attacked by the wolves that live in the woods behind her house, but she survived and instead of fearing the wolves she became drawn to them. There was one wolf in particular who she was drawn to but she could never have imagined what would later happen with this wolf.
Sam has secrets. He had a bad experience in the past that led him to moving away from his life. He has a connection to the wolves that he can't share with anyone, but when he meets Grace everything changes.
The two meet after a local boy is killed by the wolves. The town go after the wolves in an attempt to shoot them and drive them away from their town. Grace helps Sam out when he gets in trouble and that's where the story really begins.
The story is told from both points of view so you really get to understand both characters well and you can't help but like them and the other characters that they meet throughout the story. You get to see how each event in the book changes them slightly and their thoughts and emotions to each one. I've read some books where you have a hero and he is uncertain to start with and then suddenly becomes brave near the end and that one final event changes who they are. Despite all that they go through the pair are never shown as heroes, they just do what they have to do. Each decision has an impact on them and allows their character to grow, as it would if you were really in that situation.
The book is supernatural, although I won't give away the storyline, but everything is explained logically, the characters feel real and it's quite easy to forget that it's not true. The author has clearly done her research on wolves, which really adds to the story.
The only downside to this book is the amount of blood. I don't like blood, but usually I'm ok with books as I can't actually see it! However, this did seem quite detailed at times (which is good for everything else), but it was mentioned so often that it was hard to just ignore it. Obviously this won't be a big issue for a lot of people but if you don't like the red stuff then you might want to skim through a couple of sections. Personally I felt it was mentioned a little more often than it needed to be, but it wasn't enough to stop me reading the story.
The RRP for this book is £7.99, but you can get it from Amazon for less than £5 and from The Works for just £1.99, which is a bargain.
Overall, I highly recommend this book even if you don't normally read supernatural/fantasy books. It's original, has great characters and before you know it you'll be on to Linger, the second book in the series.
Summary: Once you pick it up you won't want to stop reading