2022 Book Review: Shiver

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

YA Fantasy, 2009 by Scholastic Press, 392 Pages

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The voices are too similar. Switching between Sam and Grace didn’t work because they read like the same character. I like some variety, some change in word choice, something to separate them. 
  • The ending was predictable and a little weak. I wanted more and I definitely wanted to be surprised a little. 
  • The romance didn’t work for me. Which is unfortunate since it felt like the most important part of the story. I’m not a big fan of instalove, which this felt like. I’m also not sure how I feel about when Grace “fell in love with” Sam. 

What I Did Like:

  • Interesting take on werewolves. The concept of temperature having an affect on their ability to change was cool. I also like the theory that was thrown around of how this related to the more traditional lore. 
  • Fast read. The pacing is well done to keep this one moving and it doesn’t drag too much in the middle. 
  • Cover is beautiful. I basically cover-shopped for this one. You just have to appreciate a cover that can drag you into something just because it’s so beautiful, right?

Who Should Read This One:

  • If you like werewolf stories and you like soul mate stories, this is your niche.

My Rating: 3 Stars

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