Monday, January 18, 2010

Reading Rain-bow: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

And the winner is....

F*cking Reading Rain-bow!!!

It was close until the last hour - and then FRR pulled waaay ahead.

We decided to give a free copy of Shiver to the second place winner, @rxmeds96 AND to a random winner chosen by Random Integer...

Comment #4 on last Monday's post came from trystawhitlock.

Congratulations to rxmeds96 & trystawhitlock!
Send us an email and we'll get you both your copy of Shiver!

And now, on with our regularly scheduled post... *hangs head in defeat*....

sidebra: Each week I’ll be sharing about a book I’ve read, but I won’t be doing plot summaries or reviews. I’m basically recommending books and hoping to start discussions about them. I’ll always link to a review/synopsis for you all, if you like that sort of thing. Personally, the less I know about a book before I read it, the more I like it, but I love getting recommendations. And for that reason, I’ll also link to the person who recommended the book to me, so feel free to email me with book suggestions! I love them!

Since we are giving away the book Shiver today, I thought it appropriate that it be the first book in the F*cking Reading Rain-bow series.

Shiver was recommended to me by Ginger *nods braid at G* back when she read it on her Yosemite vacation. I believe she said, "I want to go hide from my family and read this book," which is a great recommendation, in my opinion. When I recommend this book to my friends, I thrust it in their hands and say, "Read this. You will not be sorry. Grace and Sam, I promise you, will rate up there with Bella and Edward."

The first thing I loved about Shiver was the writing. It was beautiful and lush, without being too verbose or flowery. Truly, it was always just enough at the right moment. One detail that stands out particularly is when Grace finally is able to approach her wolf. I could literally feel the wolf's fur beneath my fingertips as Grace buried her hands there. The intensity of that moment is burned in my mind forever.

Since Maggie Stiefvater has described Shiver as, "a YA novel about werewolf nookie and first love," (which is the most awesome book description ever) I'm going to assume it's safe to reveal that this book is about a werewolf and his girl. I love how Stiefvater makes up her own wolfy rules- throwing out, or adding to the generally understood myths of the werewolf. Sam's existence is not pretty - it's gritty and heartrending. But, beyond (and because of) his burden, Sam is a wonderful character. I instantly adored him. He is sincere and thoughtful, and is able to see past a person's errors when love is involved. He's no Edward, but that is what I liked about him, actually. He isn't perfect and his existence is not something one would aspire to, but he is real.

And lest you think I am going to compare every book to Twilight, be assured, I will not. But, when I finished this book I thought about it for days - and wanted to re-read it again quickly, which is just how I felt after finishing Twilight. Sam and Grace haunted me, and I found my thoughts always returning to them throughout the days following my first reading. The books and characters are not really comparable, but my feelings about them are.

And the good news? Thankfully, Maggie Stiefvater has written the sequel, Linger, which is due out July 20, 2010. *bounces in my seat* I can't wait!

And here is where I ask for your feedback. If you've read the book, what did you love/hate about Shiver? (I know you didn't hate anything about it!) How do you feel about Sam and Grace? If you haven't read it, are you planning to? And, seriously, why haven't you? *grins*

And please remember - if you're going to comment with spoilers, please give a big old ***SPOILER ALERT*** before you do so.

Links and such:

The Crooked Shelf


  1. Ok, first off... LOVE the name! LOL It's perfection! :)

    I have not read the book, but it does sound pretty good. I may have to pick it up after I finish my latest in The Vampire Diaries series. So many good books! I wish I could get paid to sit at home and read!

  2. I also loved this book, via suggestion of Ginger :)

  3. This one was on my "To Read" pile but after reading the blog I started to read it and am now about half way and loving it!

    I love Sam and Grace and her writing style is captivating, a big plus as I didn't like the book I just finished. Thanks for the rec!

    Hey did you know they're making a movie?
    Look see:

  4. I WAS ROBBED!!!! .... oh wait i get a book, ok that's wicked cool. Love the visor though *snickers*

  5. I WAS ROBBED!!!!! LOL! Contratulations to the winners and I'm glad the visor stays!

  6. Ok, since I didn't win *sobs* hehe...I went and got my copy from the library. If I love it, I'll buy a copy...anyway, i just started it so i have nothing to add...yet :)

  7. Yay! One of my favorite books EVER!!! You remembered correctly, Rain. That's exactly what I told you when I was reading it! Was in beautiful Yosemite, one of my fav destinations and all I wanted to do was keep reading! Definitely a MUST READ in my book. (in my book... get it?) hee hee. *nods my poof at you Rain* Peace out!

  8. Oh and I might have voted once or twice for Reading Rain-bow. *squee* Love the visor!

  9. This is on my next to read list after I finish Catching Fire. I need to shut off the computer so I can. *laughs loudly* Yeah, I know... *rolls my eyes like THAT'S ever gonna happen*

    PS: FRR for the win!

  10. I officially want to read this now. I saw it yesterday at B&N. Should perhaps go back for it.

  11. Just bought it - hoping to pass it along to my teenager for something new for her to read..I'll let you know my thoughts. :) Thanks for the rec!


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