Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to try this one based on the ratings and comments of my Goodreads friends though I was skeptical.  I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  I’m not at all into werewolf stories (this was my first in fact) and I was prepared for a tale of a dangerous werewolf boyfriend who’s bad but really good and just misunderstood.  Ack!

This story isn’t like that.

It’s first and foremost a love story, not a horror story.  What I appreciated the most is that the werewolves in this story aren’t “monsters”.  Unlike some stories where the protagonist’s risk of being murdered by their monster lover (should that lover give into their “true” nature) is somehow supposed to add to the elicit danger of the story, the power in this book is emotional as the protagonists themselves grapple with a reality that constantly threatens to keep them apart, yet neither character poses a direct threat of mortal danger to the other.

The writing is beautiful.  The characters are well-drawn, believably flawed and grow and change naturally as the story unfolds.

I’m definitely considering giving Linger a try.

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