Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Book Review #1221
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: two stars (out of four)
I had been meaning to read this book for a while because of the reviews I had seen on Goodreads. So when I finally sat down to read it, I made sure I had a decent amount of time so I could speed through it. Sadly though, I wasn't as big of a fan as I thought I'd be. I know some people will be annoyed with me saying this, but it reminded me of a werewolf version of Twilight. Yeah, some of you are cringing and shooting me death glares - sorry! Let me explain: Yes, I thought it had better writing then Twilight, yes, I thought there were original and thought-provoking ideas in this book, and yes, I liked it better than Twilight. But I definitely was Not In Love With It.
I thought there were some things that didn't make much sense. Like at the very beginning of the book where the wolf is stalking her? Um, wouldn't most people find that Creepy? Grace didn't. And her incident with the wolves when she was a little girl? I just couldn't see how her reaction could be so subdued! She should have Major Mental Issues from that kind of situation, but she didn't. That did not fly for me.
I think though, the biggest thing that got on my nerves was how entirely devoted Sam and Grace were to each other. I didn't feel there was enough justification in the story to show how they had become so attached. I kind of felt like it was Kabam-We-Are-Now-Instantly-In-Love-And-Need-To-Be-Together-Forever-Or-We-Will-Die kind of relationship. I wasn't buying it. I wanted more depth with their attraction besides the fact that Grace had an unhealthy obsession with wolves and Sam had an unhealthy obsession with Grace.
As far as other negatives, there was one scene involving sexual content that I did not think was necessary and wished had been left out.
Okay, conclusion? Even though there were several things I didn't like in this book, I still found it enjoyable and sped through the story. Unfortunately, I didn't like it enough to add to any of my favorite shelves or go around telling all my friends that they Had to read it. I am still interested to see how things will work out in the next two books.