Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is… Weird.

There’s really no better way to describe it.

It’s not badly written—in fact I really liked the writing style. I was definitely hooked from the first line.

There was just something confusing about it. Like… It’s not your typical werewolf lore. Instead, they are forced to shift every time it gets cold. So they’re kinda winter-were-wolves.

That part was kinda cool. Refreshing in a way. But I just had a lot of questions.

I can see why some people love this. But I can also see how it’s not for everyone.

spoilers ahead

What I liked:

– I loved that Sam wasn’t possessive. Tons of book boyfriends are, but it was nice to see the nice guy having his story told too.

– the underlying plot where Grace was bitten but somehow wasn’t affected was pretty neat.

– despite the weird start of their romance, I genuinely liked how they progressed. It was sweet.

– Sam’s past was heartbreaking. And while I didn’t “like” that, I thought it was brilliantly crafted.

So what was it that I didn’t like?

– too many questions left unanswered. I don’t care if it’s a ploy to entice me to read the rest of the series, but it bugs me. The lack of answers to why, where, who and how bothered me a lot. I’m the kind of reader who loves backstories and lore. And while I love figuring things out alongside the characters, iy infuriates me when I don’t get my answers. Its a bookish pet peeve I suppose.

– I wasnt a fan of that guy eating his sister’s dog. As much as my morbid humor appreciated the very unorthodox sibling fight, I still thought it was sad for the dog. I’m not good with that.

– that Grace seemed to fall in love with the wolf before the boy. It was a kinda weird start.

There were more thoughts as I read, but those mentioned were the things that really stood out to me.

Don’t let it deter you. While this book isn’t for everyone, it might be for you.

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