Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater

I love a good paranormal novel, especially werewolves and other shifters. To add to my excitement, I thought the concept of werewolves shifting when it’s cold sounded like a fresh take on a common creature. This story follows Grace, a girl who survived of wolf attack when she was a child. Ever since then she’s been watched by a lone wolf with yellow eyes. Now she’s going to learn just how strange the town of Mercy Falls really is.

Grace meets Sam, a familiar boy with yellow eyes. They’re instantly drawn together and must fight all odds to be together. Not only do they have to contend with the regular concern of their friends and family but Sam’s pack are anxious about him getting close to a human. To top if off Sam struggles as the weather gets colder, fighting against the change with all his might. Like many teenage romances, there is angst and struggles but their relationship takes star-crossed lovers to another dimension.

There was plenty of character development and we come to understand each of them. However, I found this book was too focused on what the characters were thinking and feeling. In each segment, it was repeatedly stated how they were feeling with poetic and beautiful language. I’m very plot driven and found this book way too slow and boring, especially in the middle. Nothing much happened in the nearly four hundred pages!

It took me a great deal of effort to finish this book and I was greatly disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more. I was so excited but it was just way too slow and dull for me. I give it 1/5.


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