Friday, December 20, 2013

Audiobook Review: Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater

Continuing my winning streak of Maggie Stiefvater books, I downloaded Shiver in audiobook:
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. 
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, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Narrator Voice: 8.  First Sam chapter I was all, "heck no, voices for characters pretending to be other characters" but 5 minutes later, in love. Maggie S. doesn't skimp on her audiobook productions, and just like the Raven Boys, I loved this.

Originality: 6. Werewolves in a cold climate.  But the non-originality of the subject matter doesn't matter when Stiefvater is telling the story, because her voice makes it different. Points for the temperature readings at the start of each chapter.

Absurdity: 8 I spent the first 5/6ths of this book all "Just move to Florida already where it is warm," but otherwise, the high levels of absurdity is the flirtation with insta-love that is happening here.  Thank god we never get to imprinting a la Twilight...teenagers in high school with no parents/absent parents and sneaking boys into their rooms? CC and GS's mom would have smelt out a boy in a room.. well, faster then a wolf could....

Level of Paranormal Romance: 9. This book is all about Sam and Grace and their connection.

Level of Harry-Potterness: 7.  In spite of some questionable material, the story is captivating.  Could not stop listening...Linger, The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 2, has already been downloaded...

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