Thursday, July 15, 2010


by:  Maggie Stiefvater

There have been wolves in the woods behind Grace's house ever since she was a little girl.  She should know this better than anyone.  She was attacked by them, until one saved her life.  The one with the strange yellow eyes.  She knows that wolf as her wolf and she watches it from her backyard over the years.  Then one day, she meets a boy with the same strange yellow eyes.

Okie dokie, so Shiver is your classic girl meets werewolf and falls in love story.  These type stories are all the rage right now.  Seriously, are there any YA books right now that aren't about chicks falling in love with either vampires or werewolves?    I don't have a problem with it though.  Team Jacob here  :)   Anyway, overall the story was pretty good.  I liked it.  Grace's parents pissed me off.  This book could have easily been retitled to "How To Be An Absent Parent".  It reminded me of Dora the Explorer, you know the cartoon?  Her parents send her off into the jungle with trolls and dragons and such with a talking monkey and talking backpack.  Grace's parents didn't know she had a werewolf sleeping in her room for weeks.  Thank God these are all fictional parents!

I liked the subplots going on with her friends particularly Olivia.  I won't give away any spoilers here, but I loved the way the ending worked out for Olivia. 

According to Ms. Stiefvater's website (she's got all kinds of fun stuff on there) Shiver is going to be made into a movie. 

Linger is the sequel to Shiver and it was just released.  Don't you just love the covers of these books?


Lu said...

Can't wait to read these books!

Steph said...

These are both on my list. I get what you mean about parents in the YA books either the parents are absent or their over protection pushes the kid into something else. Even in Twilight Bella has had to parent her mother and dad is somewhat if-we-don't-talk=about=it-it-isn't-there. Stopped on the hop and am your newest follower. Stop on by - I have a good giveaway on:

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