The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
by Maggie Stiefvater
Published on August 1, 2009 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.
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.
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.
When I first picked up Shiver, I’d already heard mixed reviews about it ranging from absolutely loving it to not worth reading. After finishing, I found myself somewhere in the middle.
Shiver is the story of a girl, Grace, who’s life seems to revolve around a mysterious wolf that saved her six years prior to the novel’s story. This wolf is in fact Sam, a shape-shifter. The novel covers what they do while Sam is still human, as once it gets too cold, he’ll turn back into a wolf and remain that way forever.
Looking back, there is some semblance of a plot. Grace and Sam spend as much time as they can together while trying to figure out where a newly bitten wolf is. However, it was very dry. There were few good moments that held my attention, but that was it and they were fleeting at best. On top of that is the lack of transitions. The first couple chapters really threw me and made me want to put the book down. Stiefvater changes points of view between Grace and Sam–which I don’t mind at all. However, it’s the way she did it. Especially in the first few chapters, transitions between Grace and Sam weren’t well written and pulled me away from the story. I had trouble getting past that.
As for the characters…Grace, we get it, you want your parents’ attention but they ignore you. Sam, you’re “sensitive” to the point of boredom. But back to Grace’s parents. This irked me a bit. You’re parents. I get it that not all parents are around for their kids. That’s life. But they don’t even notice the fact that there’s a stranger living in their house forweeks. I mean, jeez, that’s a tad ridiculous, don’t you think?
Overall, I didn’t think this was that great of a book. It didn’t hold my attention and I only finished it because I try not to leave books unfinished. If you like Twilight, then this is the same thing, but with werewolves. Have at it. If you despised Twilight, steer clear.
EDIT: I tried to reread this novel, 3 years later, thinking it was just me. It wasn’t. Couldn’t even get through half before I put it down. Do not recommend.