Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review, With Notes on the Audio Production

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Note: I first read this book last fall and really enjoyed it. More recently I listened to the audiobook as a refresher before reading “Linger,” which I will be reviewing next week (also look for a giveaway of both Shiver and Linger).

Being attacked by the wolves six years ago hasn’t lessened Grace’s love of the majestic creatures in her backyard – particularly the wolf with the haunting yellow eyes. Unfortunately, another boy was attacked by wolves lately, in a manner that has gotten the entire town of Mercy Falls, MN up in arms against the wolves. When a boy with haunting yellow eyes shows up on Grace’s back porch with a gunshot wound, she knows immediately that, somehow, he must be her wolf. The two fall in love quickly, but what does their future consist of if Sam will soon be a wolf again forever?

Isn’t the cover of this book gorgeous?  I love how it is a tangled forest, but if you look closely, the leaves look like hearts. Very apropos for this book.

I actually really enjoyed “Shiver.” It is to me all of the things that people say they like about “Twilight” but without some of the things I disliked about “Twilight,” (misogynism, bad writing, stalker-ish relationship). I was slightly annoyed by the way Grace’s parents didn’t seem to know or care much about what was going on in her life, but that is a problem that many YA books have and is not limited to “Shiver.”

I thought that Stiefvater’s take on werewolves was very interesting, I liked her mythology as to when and why they changed between their wolf and human forms and the fact that they were either wolves or they were humans, but they were never monstrous hybrids. Stiefvater’s mythology of the wolves also gave me a better explanation for the immediate connection between Grace and Sam – a relationship that otherwise might have really annoyed me.

I wasn’t really pleased with the audiobook, however, when I used that for the reread. I thought the narrator for Grace’s sections sounded a bit too young and ended up overemphasizing her naiveté. Sam, on the other hand, sounded far too old to play a teenager and I didn’t really care for his narration style. They weren’t bad narrators, but they didn’t match up well with the book for me.

This is a fun, engaging YA series, but I would really only recommend it in print, not on audio.

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12 comments to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – Book Review, With Notes on the Audio Production

  • I had considered the audio, when my daughter was begging to read it, and thought we could listen together. Now I’m glad I didn’t. She did go ahead and read the printed copy and loved it, and is bursting at the seams to get her hands on Linger. I need to catch up!

  • Another on my TBR – I cant wait to get to it! I giggled about your “stalkerish comment” about Twilight. This last movie Edward was a bit….. um……
    INTENSE.
    😀

  • Sorry to hear the narrators didn’t match the characters. That happens more than it should. Btw – who were the narrators?

  • I just got this on audio from the library. Should I wait and read the print version? Someone recommended the audio to me awhile back.

  • I liked Jenna Lamia; she did sometimes verge on being a bit young, but she worked for me. David LeDoux was great reader, but his voice definitely was too old for the part.

  • What a BEAUTIFUL cover!

    I’m bummed the audiobook wasn’t better.
    I’ve been looking for another book to listen to.

    The cover was promising. =)

    Thanks for the review I will put it on my radar.

  • I think I read on Maggie Stiefvater’s blog that they’ve recast Sam for the audio book of Linger. I’ve purhcased it (though I’ve already read the ARC) because she said Cole (whom you’ll meet when you read it) sounds like sex on a stick. I know it’s super shallow of me but, hey it could be worse right?

  • I’m glad you made the distinction between the audio versus the hard copy of these books….I haven’t read them yet, but intend to and will definitely be sure to buy the book rather than the audio.

  • I recently read this book and I enjoyed it a lot. Like you, I couldn’t help mentioning Twilight in my review, but only because I think it does a better job.

    I’m sorry to hear that the audio isn’t as satisfying.

  • I really didn’t like Twilight very much (the books or the movies, though I haven’t seen Eclipse yet…I’ll wait until I can catch it for free on HBO), but I think I would like this series a lot better. All the best elements of Twilight, without the negative aspects we don’t like – perfect!

    I really have to get around to reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, too, since I’m such a big fan of True Blood! :)