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Before I get to M's review, I can assure you that she is in love with this book, in a "she would marry it" sort of way. And she's been pestering me to read it multiple times daily since she finished reading the ARC.

Where to start with Shiver?

Maybe I should start when it came in the mail and my mother told me what it was and I shouted, literally shouted, "shotty first read!" on this book. Or maybe I should start the bitchin' cover, because the cover is honestly awesome, and sorry but I do judge books on their covers (please don’t whack me). Since then I have not parted with it except to maybe force it on my mother. Shiver had that whole Twilight vibe going (teenage romance and werewolves) for me except I thought it was written ten times better and the characters were more enjoyable (not to mention relatable). And yes, I have read the Twilight series eight times.

Six. That’s the number of times I got yelled at to "turn my lights off, it's late and I should be in bed and that the book would be there in the morning." Oh parental units, this book was just that good that I wanted to reread it in the morning, not finish it. The way Maggie Stiefvater wrote the love between her main characters made me believe that they were there and that I was with them and just watching these crazy-in-love teens. My heart pitter-pattered when their hearts did, my heart sank when their hearts did, and by the end I was crying with them too. I wanted so much to have that love right there with me, something only a few other books have ever made me really want. And it’s not that their love was so "out there", it was the fact that it was believable, that I have seen teens, my friends, love like that, want like that. It was just so close to home that it made the whole book so great and all around perfect.

This book hooked me the minute I read the first line, “I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves.” Oh God, sleep can wait, I thought, and I ripped through the book from that point on. I’m just waiting for someone else to read this book, just so I can rave on and on about it. I swear I might go crazy if I have to wait anymore. Shiver was both astonishing and astonishingly well-written, and let me tell you, if you don’t love this book something is up, because it just holds onto you and won’t let go.

Incidentally, M is totally not kidding about thinking there's something very wrong with anyone who doesn't love this book. She is also bullying me to go to the release party in Virginia, which we're hoping to make (but is a wee bit dependent on factors not within anyone's direct control).

I'm pretty sure that M won't mind me putting Maggie Stiefvater's crazy-beautiful stop-motion animation book trailer (accompanied by original music) here:

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Jul. 1st, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
YAY for the M's!
Yours, for her awesome review, and Ms. Maggie for writing the book and composing the music for this lovely trailer! (Okay, fine AND for created the trailer)

Deesh that girl is talented!

(Deesh is my new word I apparently just invented. It is Sheesh/Damn combo.)
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
"Deesh" is a terrific word. It ought to be sweeping the nation. And seriously, after Maggie Stiefvater, everyone else seems like a complete slacker, don't you think?

My M will be thrilled to hear you liked her review.
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ditto what Heidi said.
Jul. 1st, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
This might be the best review ever. :D
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
My M is an excellent reviewer, if by "reviewer" you mean "enthusiastic book pimp" ("book pimp" being her term, come to think of it). I haven't seen this level of enthusiasm from her since Carrie Jones's NEED, and before that, Twilight. And as you know, she likes Maggie's writing far better than Ms. Meyer. So.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I was looking through my ARCs today, deciding what to read next. I think my choice was just made for me. Thanks!!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm sure that were she there, M would have convinced you to capitulate and read it before now. She is massively in love with it.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
FANTASTIC review M!!! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
I'll let her know!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
I saw that trailer on reneesweet's blog and added it to my TBR list right away. Didn't know anything about the book except that it was about werewolves and there was some sort of romantic interest but the trailer sold me. I'm not a huge fan of book trailers, but that one was pretty frigging awesome.

Thanks for the review.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not a proponent of book trailers either, but that one is the exception that proves the rule, somehow. I'm glad to hear the book is on your TBR pile - it's due out in early August!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Wonderful review! I am desperate to get hold of this book!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Alas, it's about a month until it's supposed to hit stores. Perhaps it'll show up early, though. (We can all hope!)
Jul. 2nd, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Tanita Says :)
Oh, my word, I thought the video you were going to put on was the one she made out of playdough... never mind. This is gorgeous, and as always, M's reviews make me smile.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)
Playdough? *makes note to self to look for it*

M is exceedingly enthusiastic when she likes something.
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Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
M will be very glad to hear it.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wonderful review. Sounds like a must-read.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm only at the halfway point right now, but I am loving it.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to Shiver! M's review is great--and the M icon is adorable!
Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
I spent over an hour looking for an "M" icon last fall, since she likes to write reviews, and I thought she needed her "own" icon.

I think you'll enjoy Shiver.
Jul. 4th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Great review, and I 100% agree about the trailer :)
Jul. 4th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not usually a book trailer fan, but Maggie's is exceptional.
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