Shiver

Shiver

Book - 2009
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In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545123266
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Sti
Characteristics: 392p

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CrimsonForests45
Jun 09, 2017

I LOVED the style of the prose of this book, and the way the author describes things makes you feel like you are really there. Towards the end, there are a few sad parts, and the author succeeds in giving you a feeling of loss. I thought the premise of this book was interesting, because I love wolves, and I thought it was cool that the werewolves were wolves in winter and humans in summer as opposed to the full moon thing. I really liked the characters Beck and Shelby, and I thought the cover design was BEAUTIFUL. However, I didn't like the love at first sight romance, and Sam and Grace's 'perfect' love story was a bit annoying. It was kind of weird how it said that she was in love with him while he was a wolf and she didn't even know he was a human? Grace was a bit of a cliche character, I didn't like her much. Sam was okay, I guess, a little too perfect and nice, though. I know it's​ a series, but I kind of wished Sam had actually died or stayed a wolf in the end. I hated how they were all like, 'oh, yeah, he's going to stay a wolf forever, definitely, there's no way he could turn human again, oh no, so sad' and then suddenly he was HUMAN AGAIN WOW HOW DID THAT HAPPEN OH WAIT I KNOW BECAUSE IT'S FICTIONAL, and there wasn't that much of a plotline, mostly just romance... But the book does grip your attention and keep you glued to the page with the skillful writing. So... I don't really know what I think of the book. I would definitely recommend reading it, though.

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marthabwaters
Apr 30, 2017

I love Maggie Stiefvater, a lot, but I’d held off on her werewolf books, as I referred to them in my mind, for a very long time. But I finally got curious, and here I am. And – I don’t know. This is extremely Twilight-y. It would be a GREAT readalike for Twilight fans, and it also is significantly better written, without a lot of the creepy stalking behavior and problematic gender politics, so for all of that, hooray. I had trouble buying the insta-love between Sam and Grace, though, and, like in Twilight… not that much actually happens? And yet, it’s compulsively readable, and I’ll totally read the sequels. Fans of teen paranormal romance will love this (actually, I’m sure they’ve all already read it, but whatever), and Maggie Stiefvater is a really talented writer, so I guess my verdict on this is: somehow significantly better than it should have been.

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fantasyqueen
Nov 28, 2016

Amazing book!
Maggie Stiefvater is an author above the rest. She is the new queen of my fantasy based heart.

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bookgirl0691
Oct 19, 2016

This book is one of the best things I've read! It's soooooo good

LoganLib_Sophie Sep 11, 2016

If you love teen romance novels, with a little paranormal flair then this is one for you. It is a series, so the fun doesn't have to stop here.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 18, 2016

Grace was just the girl from the house behind the woods. She was the wolf girl and she had been ever since her algid abduction when she was young. It was said that she was dragged into the woods by a group of wolves like many others before her …. Yet she was the only one to survive. Year’s later people still question why this happened, but Grace never cared why, she was more allured by the docile wolf with golden eyes that saved her. She watched the wolf as he grew up, never truly knowing that he was watching her too. Sam was the unknown wolf that adored Grace, and Grace was the girl that hid his secret. Grace loved the wolves and made sure to protect them, especially the one that meant the most to her. He was unable to escape the curse thrust upon him and continued to fight for the girl he loved. This is the first of a trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, who perfectly captures the love story of a girl and the wolf that got away. - @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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7923924
Aug 17, 2016

original storyline

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Park_Chim_chim
Aug 09, 2016

this is so good. I was expecting something totally different and I was pretty impressed. At about the end I started crying and had to stop reading 'cause I couldn't see the words. I can't wait to read the next two books. So glad I read this

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mmmm0201
Jul 05, 2016

I really enjoyed reading the book, there was something to look forward to on every page. I'm very excited to read the next 2 books in the series. Hopefully Grace and Sam will be together in the end!

BostonPL_LauraB Jun 30, 2016

This was definitively "meh". It focused too much on the romance (I know, I can't believe I'm saying that) and frankly the romance was a little creepy. It needed to be fleshed out more. Probably won't read the sequel.

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Blue_Cat_855
Jun 12, 2017

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mauve_raven_12
Aug 07, 2016

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Padfoots_puppy
Mar 05, 2014

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Jenna_Lambert
Aug 24, 2013

Jenna_Lambert thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

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Triciamjensen
Jun 28, 2013

Triciamjensen thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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CAROWOZFAN
Nov 02, 2012

CAROWOZFAN thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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grace0130
Jul 19, 2012

grace0130 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Ólive Jun 03, 2012

Ólive thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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mmmm0201
Jul 04, 2016

"Don't go."
-Grace

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“Sam came around the side of the car and stopped dead when he saw me. “Oh my God, what is THAT?” I used my thumb and middle finger to flick the multicolored pom-pom on top of my head. “In my language, we call it a HAT. It keeps my ears warm.” “Oh my God,” Sam said again, and closed the distance between us. He cupped my face in his hands and studied me. “It’s horribly cute.” He kissed me, looked at the hat, and then he kissed me again. I vowed never to lose the pom-pom hat.”

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“She kissed me harder, breath huffing into my mouth, and bit my lip. Oh, hell that was amazing. I growled before I could stop myself.”

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“Sensitive," I tried.

Sam translated: "Squishy."

"Creative."

"Dangerously emo."

"Thoughtful."

"Feng shui."

I laughed so hard I snorted. "How do you get feng shui out of 'thoughtful'?"

"You know, because in feng shui, you arrange furniture and plants and stuff in thoughtful ways." Sam shrugged. "To make you calm. Zenlike. Or something. I'm not one hundred percent sure how it all works, besides the thoughtful part.”

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“We had this big grill at his house, and I remember, one night he said, 'Sam, tonight you're feeding us,' He showed me how to push on the middle of the steaks to see how done they were, and how to sear them fast on each side to keep the juices in."
"And they were awesome, weren't they?"
"I burned the hell out of them," I said, matter-of-fact. "I'd compare them to charcoal, but charcoal is still sort of edible.”

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“And then I opened my eyes and it was just Grace and me - nothing anywhere but Grace and me - she pressing her lips together as though she were keeping my kiss inside her, and me, holding this moment that was as fragile as a bird in my hands.”

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KaitlynLeBrun
Dec 29, 2013

“Lunch." I said. "Immediately. I'm going to wither away to absolutely nothing. Then you'll be racked with guilt."
"I doubt it.”

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CAROWOZFAN
Nov 02, 2012

"If he'd gone to my school he probably would've been dismissed as an emo kid or maybe a long-lost member of The Beatles."-Grace Brisbane, page 64.

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Jenna_Lambert
Aug 24, 2013

Sexual Content: There is a lot of kissing, and the main characters do advance their relationship in certain ways by the end of the novel, but its nothing too descriptive.

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a1304681
Apr 07, 2013

Sexual Content: It contains plenty of kissing and such, but one part is very intimate.

Ólive Jun 03, 2012

Sexual Content: bad

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lovelociraptors
Mar 31, 2012

Sexual Content: this involves a little bit of sexual content, so i'd suggest 11+

white_badger_18 Sep 27, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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emilybooks
Jul 24, 2011

Sexual Content: This does contain some iffy content so i would say 13+ for the readers

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étoile
Nov 07, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ólive Jun 03, 2012

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting 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. When Grace was a little girl, she was attacked by wolves. They ripped at her clothing as if they were trying to devour her. All except for one. A wolf with golden eyes. Every year since the attack the golden eyed wolf has watched her, and she watched him. Then one day, when she came home, she found a teenage boy lying on her back deck. She knows it's the golden eyed wolf. It turns out that he was shot. She rushes him to hospital.They almost immediatly fall in love. But winter is approaching and the golden eyed boy, Sam, must hold on to himself or he will change back into a wolf. For good! 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 and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever

IreneReads Mar 25, 2012

When Grace was a little girl, she was attacked by wolves. They ripped at her clothing as if they were trying to devour her. All except for one. A wolf with golden eyes. Every year since the attack the golden eyed wolf has watched her, and she watched him. Then one day, when she came home, she found a teenage boy lying on her back deck. She knows it's the golden eyed wolf. It turns out that he was shot. She rushes him to hospital.They almost immediatly fall in love. But winter is approaching and the golden eyed boy, Sam, must hold on to himself or he will change back into a wolf. For good!

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liveblue
Feb 10, 2010

Grace has always been facsinated by the wolves that live near her home. But one in particular has always stood out. The yellow eyed wolf. What Grace doesn't know is that the wolves are humans. And the yellow eyed wolf is Sam, and he is in love with her. But will Sam risk the truth just to be with Grace.

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