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Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver my Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Book #1 in the The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Published August 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press.


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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. (Goodreads)

This is told from two perspectives – Grace, a teenager obsessed with the wolves of Mercy Falls and Sam, the yellow-eyed wolf. This story also includes the temperature which is a vital portion of the story. It is written in an icy blue almost steel gray text that is charming and easy on the eyes. Everything about this book is stunning. The story is quite charming as well, but it’s not a slam dunk. The cast of characters is fairly large but we really only get to know Grace, Sam, and a bit about Grace’s parents, and a bit about some of the other wolves and such. I know this is the story of Grace and Sam, but I wanted more about the other characters. Towards the end more is revealed and since this is the first book in the trilogy I am sure we’ll get more in the following books. I loved the small town feel that was starting to take place but it was overshadowed with everything else that was happening. The plot seemed to drag on a bit, not too much, but there were definitely some slower moments. Overall I think this was a good start to a trilogy and I believe this one will be better told as an entire story than as individual books. I really enjoyed the connection between Grace and Sam and I liked the shape shifting aspect too. I rated Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 3.5 stars and I will be continuing in the trilogy when I am able to.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy

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