I thought I would love Shiver, but it fell a little short for me. However, I'm so glad I gave this author a second chance with The Scorpio Races. Now I can't wait to try The Raven Boys.
Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-Otter, as she will sing to you) has published seven novels and featured in four short stories anthology. Three of her books have been optioned for films, although one option (Shiver) has lapsed.
Stiefvater grew up in Virgina, and she lives there now with her family. She has been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist (primarily for horses!) and a waitress. She still makes art and music along with writing. She also creates the trailers for each of her books. Basically, she can do everything. Well, maybe not everything, but she's still got a pretty cool list of accomplishments.
I find Stiefvater's writing to be emotional and vibrant. The Scorpio Races drew me in quickly, and I felt so connected to both the world and the characters. I would love to see more of that world, whether through text or an excellent movie adaptation. In the meantime, I'm eager to try The Raven Boys which is loved by most of the book blogging world.
Stiefvater has a middle grade book coming out co-written by Jackson Pearce called Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures (coming out April 28th) and the fourth Raven Boys book, The Raven King is set to be released at the end of September.