Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


I started reading Shiver and immediately loved the language. I loved the lyrical and descriptive sentences, as well as the fact that it was based on two points of view, both Grace and Sam. However as the story progressed, I found that sometimes it was very difficult to keep track of who was speaking…ie., who was the “I” in that particular chapter. It got confusing at times, and I found myself having to go back and check the chapter title.

That said, my favorite thing about this book was unequivocally the imagery.¬†Maggie Stiefvater is an excellent writer and creates a world that is so visual that you get drawn right into the middle of it, even if you don’t want to. I loved that about¬†Shiver. Her writing is so rich and evocative!

I adored Beck. Now he was an interesting character! I would have loved to have known more about him, and also get a little more dynamic between him and Grace…sort of ex-father figure and new love interest. Who where the three people he turned and why did they want to be turned? I also liked Isabel a lot – she seemed to have more spark and dimension than Grace. I wanted to see more of her, and loved that she was so feisty when she was out looking for Sam in one of their barns.

Overall I would rate Shiver 4 stars for its gorgeous writing. As many other reviewers have said, fans of Twilight will enjoy this story, especially younger teen readers.

2 Comments on Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

  1. Lesley Hoisington
    March 21, 2010 at 1:02 am (14 years ago)

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