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Shiver

Shiver

Written by Maggie Stiefvater

Narrated by David Ledoux and Jenna Lamia


Shiver

Written by Maggie Stiefvater

Narrated by David Ledoux and Jenna Lamia

ratings:
4/5 (766 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Sep 1, 2009
ISBN:
9780545222464
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

For Twilight fans...

Those on Team Jacob will find much to love in the “Wolves of Mercy Falls” trilogy. A bittersweet romance between a human girl and a wolf boy both in danger of losing their humanity.

Description

Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.
Released:
Sep 1, 2009
ISBN:
9780545222464
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, Maggie Stiefvater is now a full-time writer and New York Times bestselling author of the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and The Raven Boys. Her debut series, the Books of Faerie, is published by Flux. Maggie lives in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki. Follow her on Twitter at @mstiefvater, and visit her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.


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Critic reviews

  • For those who simply love walking in a winter wonderland (and wolves!), check out Maggie Stiefvater's "Wolves of Mercy Falls" series. This romance between a wolf boy and a human girl will melt your heart.

    Scribd Editors
  • A bittersweet romance between a human girl and a wolf boy both in danger of losing their humanity. Will send a shiver down your spine from descriptions of the Minnesota cold and from the raw emotion of the characters that Stiefvater weaves into every paragraph.

    Scribd Editors

Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    Better than I expected it to be, but I shouldn't be surprised, considering it's coming from Steifvater's brain. Not as poetic as The Raven Cycle, nor as magical and romantic, but there is so much good in this book. The characters are lovable and flawed, so different yet so human. I love the wolf-ness of it, and how wolves haunt the text in many different ways. I love the subtle use of the word "shiver" throughout, and how effortless the prose feels. All in all, a very good read, and one of my favourite werewolf stories. I can't wait to see how this story turns out.
  • (4/5)
    3.75 starsGrace was bitten by wolves when she was 11 years old. She recovered, but for the past 6 years, she has had a fascination with one of the wolves, who she still sees in the woods behind her house. When a boy at school is killed by wolves, Grace is worried for them, as she doesn't want them hurt. Sam is human and a wolf; he changes with the cold or heat. He has been watching Grace, even as a wolf, ever since she was bitten. With people now afraid of the wolves, and now that he (as a human) has met Grace, he doesn't want to turn back into a wolf, but he's not sure how long he can hold it off. It was a little slow to start, but I thought it really picked up in the second half. I quite liked it, and plan to continue the trilogy. It had a bit of a different take on werewolves, with the heat vs. cold as an example, so that was kind of interesting, too.
  • (4/5)
    The premise: Grace was attacked by a gang of wolves when she was a child, but one wolf saved her. That wolf, a werewolf named Sam, returned every winter to keep watch over her, but always disappeared in the summer. Years later, when the wolves attack and kill a boy at Grace's school, Sam shows up on her doorstep needing help. But Sam isn't a wolf, he's human, and it's not the change of the moon that forces the change, but the change in temperature. Shiver is, beyond a doubt, a love story between a human girl who may not be so human after all, and a boy who'd do anything to stay human so that he can be with her.My RatingBuy the Paperback: this is, first and foremost, a love story, and the couple is too sweet and almost too perfect to allow for much conflict. The book could've been shorter in terms of conflict alone, but if you like the characters, it's sweet watching them interact, especially since they have such a limited time together. The writing is solid, at times lovely, and I didn't consider it purple, though some have accused it of being so (some of those same people say Meyer's prose ISN'T purple, and I tend to disagree with that too). It reads fast, but by the end, it leaves a lot of unanswered questions which has me wondering if I want to pick up the sequel, Linger when it comes out next year. I think I may, but it'll thoroughly depend on what kind of mood I'm in at the time. In the end, I think I would've rather waited on the paperback. My werewolf fetish was happy enough, but I didn't tear through this like I thought I might. Of course, I didn't tear through Stiefvater's Lament either, and while some people say that book was better, I'm not sure. Better in conflict, sure, but I think it boils down to whether or not you prefer faeries or werewolves. I prefer werewolves, and while Stiefvater's writing is enjoyable and I liked certain elements of the story (namely, a heroine who's smart enough to save herself toward the end), I'm not in love with Stiefvater's work. Not yet. There's definitely promise though, but I do wish she'd move away from the "heroine falls in love with supernatural boy" plot. She did it in Lament and she does it here. It'd be nice to see her try something a wee bit different (and not "HERO falls in love with supernatural HEROINE" different either). :) Review style: Stream of conscious, because there are points worth discussing and there will be spoilers. If spoilers don't bother you, feel free to click the link below to my LJ, as there is much discussion and some comparison/contrast to Twilight, which in this case, I feel is appropriate. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome. :)REVIEW: Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVERHappy Reading!
  • (4/5)
    Ever since she was a little girl, Grace has been visited by a wolf in the woods behind her house. This particular wolf seems to appear every winter and has the most amazing yellow eyes. After wolves attack one of her classmates, Grace's wolf appears to her one night... as a human. Sam. And Grace knows that she loves him. But she also knows that she's going to lose him. For as the temperature drops, Sam's days as a human are drawing to a close. And to be together, Grace and Sam have to be willing to risk everything. This is a beautifully written novel with a strong romance and non-annoying characters. I'd hand it to Twilight fans in an instant. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal romance.
  • (2/5)
    This is a beautifully presented book and when I read the blurb I was eager to get my hands on it, but what a disappointment! "Shiver" had the potential to be a great book but fails to deliver. The plot is almost non-existent and the characters are one dimensional. if I stopped in the middle of a chapter I would have to go back to the start of the chapter, when I picked up the book again, to find out who was speaking, as the voices of the two main characters were indistinguishable. Extremely disappointing!!
  • (2/5)
    It was an ok book but unfortunately it reminded me more of the Twilight series than anything else. Though the new way in looking at hoe the werewolf are and how they fit into our modern world really was interesting. The struggle these two had to go through and the betrayal that they had faced. But even if it sort of showed a Twilight quality it was still better than it all the same.
  • (3/5)
    Somewhat sappy YA romance with awkward musical interlude. I liked the werewolf premise though other parts of the story seemed less believable. I liked the dual narration and plot holes may have occurred because I was half asleep (audiobooks are for bedtime!) I did like it enough to check out the next one sooner or later...
  • (5/5)
    A nice, poetic story about a young girl, bitten by wolves many years ago, who falls in love with a wolf/boy. Even though bitten, she does not shapeshift into a werewolf and love needs to find out soon how she did it before he turns into a wolf forever.This story is well written and very imaginative. A great read!
  • (3/5)
    It's been a while since I read this book however I remember it being a decent novel. At points I couldn't put it down while at others I wanted to skip ahead because I found it a little too dramatic, a little too over the top. I would still recommend it to someone however I don't think I'd be interested in rereading it myself.
  • (4/5)
    i liked it, but i wasn't compelled to instantly go out and buy the next one (even though all 3 books in the series were literally at my finger tips) I will probably read the rest at a later date and reevaluate my stance on the series as a whole
  • (4/5)
    Very good YA read. I would have loved this in my younger days, and quite enjoyed reading it now. I'm going to have to track down some more of this author's work :)
  • (5/5)
    One of my most favorite books I have ever read.
  • (5/5)
    I enjoyed this one. Some passages were very difficult to read-- there were some graphic descriptions of violence against animals. However, those descriptions were important to the story.
  • (4/5)
    The beginning of Shiver pulled me into the story quick, and I wanted to see what would happen. Grace and Sam were memorable characters, with unique baggage in their past that made them very likable and interesting. Then the story developed into a teenage love story. I was disappointed, not wanting it to be another typical YA romance book, but I stayed with it.

    Glad I did - the story turned around and became a more complicated weave of personalities and relationships, riddled with regret and forgiveness. The end was nicely done. Overall a decent YA novel about first love, relationships with parents, and friendship bonds.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book! Yes I say it a lot but if it's true it's true.The characters are compelling. The story of Grace and Sam has a poetic flow that sweeps you from page to page. I wanted to bundle Sam up and take him home with me. There are so many parts throughout the whole trilogy that are heart wrenching. With so many werewolf stories out there, it is difficult to stand out from the pack. Yes pun intended. Shiver manages to do so from the first few pages. The seasons, the love story, the loss... You have GOT to read this.I've read the whole series several times now and something new always comes to light. Another piece falls into place or another question forms. The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy has become one of my favorites. It you enjoyed these books you might want to check out The Dire Wolves Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy. It has a similar tone and texture.
  • (3/5)
    I have to say I really enjoyed it. I was pulling for Sam & Grace throughout the whole book. It was a sweet love story, the kind of thing girls fantasize about. I'm hoping the next book continues with Sam & Grace and I'm worried that it'll be someone else's story.
  • (3/5)
    I picked this title up after reading reviews calling it the werewolf version of Twilight. Since the movies have ruined Edward's original book character for me, I thought I'd give this book a try.

    I had high hopes of a comparable story with a likable cast, but it just never happened. Sam & Grace lacked depth and never pulled me into the relationship as Bella and Edward did. And the parents? I wish they would have just been left out, rather than portrayed as so naive and self-centered (the kitchen scene completely irked me). The remaining characters proved of little value.

    I'm a little curious to see how the entire storyline will play out, but this series is just a filler for me, nothing more.
  • (5/5)
    Really great book :) I can't wait for the next one.
  • (2/5)
    I couldn't get into this book. I just didn't connect with the characters. I didn't find the relationship plausible. It's a shame because I was really looking forward to reading it.
  • (3/5)
    Exhilarating, mesmerizing, Poetic!
  • (4/5)
    Really captivating
  • (4/5)
    As a little girl, Grace is attacked by a wolf pack. She miraculously survives, carrying with her afterwards the memory of one wolf in particular. Afters years of spying the wolf in the woods at a distance, and developing a deep-felt passion for wolves' survival as a whole, Grace and the wolf finally edge closer; And then Grace meets Sam, with his intense yellow eyes...

    Shiver is a love story about a girl and her dog. Okay, not her dog, but a boy who happens to be a werewolf. And they are both teenagers, which means plenty of angst and earnestness expressed by words spoken, words unspoken, song lyrics and meaningful looks. The story recalls all the adolescent fervor in which everything is a matter of life and death. Of course, in this modern fairy tale, this is quite literally true. There is the obvious body count as victims of wolf attacks appear; but there is also the slide away from human life into a final change into the lupine form after years of lycanthropy. The whorl of emotions and the immediacy of the pace recall the classic story of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Like R&J, the drama of Shiver plays out between the principals, young lovers who determine their own fates, driven by the force of their own feelings. Their worlds devolve around them, relegating others to the roles of supporting characters and; the reader becomes mesmerized by the ephemeral nature of each moment between the the two paramours.

    Jenna Lamia and David LeDoux are the narrators of Shiver, reading passages from their characters' respective points of view as Grace and Sam. Each voices their character with the all the whiny pathos the characters warrant. At times, David LeDoux sounds a bit more experienced than an eighteen-year old should; but overall Jenna Lamia and David LeDoux strike all the right notes, recalling what it was like to be young and in love and; trying to take control in the maelstrom of their lives.

    Redacted from the original blog review at dog eared copy, Shiver; 10/24/2011
  • (4/5)
    I wanted to move this down to 3 stars for the similarities to Twilight and then I figure, I'll let it slide. I mean I did read it in 2 days so something engaged me right? Hard to pinpoint what though. The characters were okay although I felt some got the short stick in way of development. The plot was interesting maybe. I suppose it fits in my theory the werewolves are the new vampires in YA paranormal romance.
  • (2/5)
    I owe this a real review, but don't think I'll ever get to doing it. Quick review of this title? I didn't like it very much. The writing style didn't agree with me at all and I felt that a lot of the emotions the characters felt were just too sudden. I can take supernatural romances where there is an instant connection (I love those!), but this... Everything seemed far too instant. Not my favorite title.
  • (4/5)
    Stiefavter seems determined to do for werewolves what the Twilight saga has done for vampires. She offers a very interesting take on werewolf lore. Mostly romance, little horror. The characters are quite lively and likeable. Engaging and fun.
  • (2/5)
    a quiet, intimate story that reads like a slower (i.e., somewhat more boring) version of 'twilight', only with werewolves instead of glittery vampires. there's no sense of tension or urgency until near the end, at which point it gets much better than the teen angst that went before. if the 2nd in the series expands off the high point, it will be well worth checking out.
  • (3/5)
    I liked this a lot more than I'd expected to. Sure, the characters aren't the most dynamic I've ever read, and sure, the prose tends toward the flowery, but on audio those things don't matter so much.

    I'll pick up the sequel on audio when it comes out, too, most likely.
  • (3/5)
    Let me get it out there that Shiver is not just Twilight with wolves. But it doesn't escape completely from the stigma of its predecessor. There is quite enough of teen drama to go around. The plot is saved by Sam's struggle to stay human while nature and his past keep trying to reclaim him. This sad, sweet story is worth every minute of listening. Audio Notes: Jenna Lamia, who voices Grace's parts, is an excellent reader who was perfect for the role. David LeDoux (Sam), is equally as good at reading, but I don't think that his voice fit the role. His has a rougher edge more suited to reading murder mysteries or really anything that doesn't involve romance, and his voices for female characters was a little disturbing. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, and somehow I feel like I wouldn't have enjoyed the story as much if I had read it. It felt more like watching a movie instead of an actual book. Let me get it out there that Shiver is not just Twilight with wolves. But it doesn't escape completely from the stigma of its predecessor. There is quite enough of teen drama to go around. The plot is saved by Sam's struggle to stay human while nature and his past keep trying to reclaim him. This sad, sweet story is worth every minute of listening. Audio Notes: Jenna Lamia, who voices Grace's parts, is an excellent reader who was perfect for the role. David LeDoux (Sam), is equally as good at reading, but I don't think that his voice fit the role. His has a rougher edge more suited to reading murder mysteries or really anything that doesn't involve romance, and his voices for female characters was a little disturbing. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook, and somehow I feel like I wouldn't have enjoyed the story as much if I had read it. It felt more like watching a movie instead of an actual book.
  • (2/5)
    Before I rip into the novel, I want to say that there were many things about this book that I quite enjoyed. There is no doubt in my mind that Stiefvater is a good writer and her prose is lyrical and at times haunting. The concept of the werewolves and the setting were both fascinating in my opinion as well.

    The problem in my eyes, was that the plot, such as it was, was very, very thin. There seemed to be vague hints of a real plot here and there, but most of the time I felt like I was reading about Sam's fight against the cold- over and over again. There were some interesting plot elements that were thrown in here and there- Beck, Isabel, Jake, Olivia- but they never seemed to coalesce into a unified plot, rather they just seemed to be thrown in at will to fill the pages.

    Most of the characters were somewhat filled out, even though Grace fell quite flat to me. Grace's obsession with the wolves struck me as bizarre and kind of creepy, particularly since she didn't know what they really were at the beginning.

    I thought Sam was the most interesting of the cast of characters. Sam loves language and poetry and words- writing (godawful) lyrics in his head- and his struggle with his animal nature is one which involves his desire to keep his "words" and not have to leave them behind and succumb to his baser instincts. I thought Stiefvater captured that nuance brilliantly.

    Ultimately, a comparison to Twilight must be made, and in contrast to the Twilight series, the supernatural abilities of the wolf pack seem sometimes to be more of a "disability" rather than a key to a rarefied, preternatural world which renders them aristocracts because of their immortality and impossible beauty. To me, that got old fast, as I think that many wish to enter the supernatural world in fiction as a form of escape from society's strictures and as a means of entering the mystery of the woods and the unexplained. In this novel, the werewolves are just as "trapped" in their existence as your typical angsty adolescent and while I can see the appeal to said demographic, for me, it got old very quickly.
  • (2/5)
    Overall, I felt pretty apathetic about this one. It wasn't that I liked it or disliked it... I simply didn't care. It didn't stand out to me as anything special or amazing- it just seemed to follow the formula of every second YA book out there at the moment.

    I don't understand Grace, I really don't. She almost gets killed by these wolves, and then spends the next six years being completely in love with one of them. She was in love with a wolf. She didn't know he was a werewolf at that time- she was literally in love with an animal. It just doesn't make any sense to me and I found it all rather disturbing. She's also really self-absorbed, and drops her whole life just because some guy comes into it- she stops going to school, stops doing any work, stops talking to her friends. She's completely unsympathetic when someone from her school is killed by the wolves. She only cares about the wolves. She's incredibly selfish and annoying.

    I thought Sam was pretty dull. There was nothing that made me like him, or care about whether or not he changed into a human anymore. His lyrics was... awful. I think it was intended to be moving and impressive, but I actually cringed every time I had to read some of them. He's also extremely melodramatic and says the weirdest things.

    All in all, nothing amazing. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it either. I don't feel particularly compelled to read the next one.