Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★☆ (4.00)
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Summary – For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods beh6068551ind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Initial Thoughts – Maggie Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors, due to The Raven Boys and The Raven Cycle series.  I was excited to read another of her series. While it wasn’t quite up to The Raven Cycle standards, it was still a relatively good read.
Plot – ★★★☆☆ I always say that it’s hard for books that are predominately romance to be unpredictable. While there were very few parts that felt original, the book was well paced and drew me in nonetheless. The romance moved a little too fast for my taste, to the point of what seemed unrealistic.
Characters – ★★★★☆ While I connected pretty well with Sam and Grace, they both were quite impulsive, especially towards each other. I didn’t mind it as much in Grace, but I thought that Sam might be a little more careful, considering his life was at risk.
Story world – ★★★★☆ I would have liked a little more detail surrounding the werewolves. Stiefvater has done a pretty good job, but I think some people accepted their werewolf-ness a little too easily. Wouldn’t they experiment more for a solution?
Style – ★★★★★ While the story wasn’t as good, Stiefvater’s storytelling is still beautiful. She has a way of crafting words that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the story is over.
Closing Thoughts – This book felt a little predictable and the romance felt a little unrealistic. I will likely read the rest of the series, though not with great urgency.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of  paranormal fantasy, high levels of sass, and complicated love.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)

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