I think Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a lot like Twilight, as both revolve around teen romance with a supernatural twist, but I like Shiver better! Now don’t get me wrong, as pure entertainment Twilight was fun but for me that’s it. Its just that Shiver has so much more…mystery, intensity, and much stronger characters. OK, so I know it’s not fair to compare one book to another but I can’t help it!
Shiver is the story of Grace, a high schooler in Mercy Falls, Minnesota, who feels an indescribable connection with the wolves who live in the woods behind her house. One wolf in particular; the one with yellow eyes. The one who protected her when she was attacked by the pack six years ago. The wolf, a boy named Sam who shape-shifts between human and wolf as the seasons change, is also inexplicably drawn to Grace. A missing teenager and the subsequent wolf hunt lead Grace and Sam to each other and beings a hunt of their own as they try to figure out the mystery that surrounds Sam’s wolf pack.
First things first, this book is full of mushy teenage love and lust (quite a bit of teenage lust), but it didn’t make me want to puke. The characters have a reason to be so enthralled by each other because their time together may be painfully short. So, if teenage romance is not your thing, this is not the book for you.
One of my favorite things about Shiver is that it’s told from two different points of view, that of Grace and Sam. This allows the reader to see the characters’ personalities in more depth. Also, I love the fact that Grace is a strong character! She has her faults, but throughout much of the story she is the one taking care of her friends and she never plays the helpless damsel in distress role. I also thought the author’s take on the werewolf myth is fresh and interesting. But to say more here would give things away!
Overall, I’d have to recommend Shiver to older young adult readers (maybe 16 and up) due to the lingering sexual electricity throughout the story.I really enjoyed this book and now I’m reading (or listening to) the sequel.