YA Book Review

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) (Mild Spoilers Ahead)

The Book:

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Book Title: Shiver

Book Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Page Count: 390

Publishing Date: August 1st, 2009

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Date Read: February 3rd, 2017

Synopsis: 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.

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The Review:

Shiver turned in to a love/hate relationship for me. I wanted to love it. I had read countless gushing reviews, and had such high expectations for, not only the story but, Maggie’s writing. Maybe it was because it was one of her earlier novels, or maybe it was because I fell victim to the hype monster, but I didn’t fall in love with either like I wanted.

The writing wasn’t terrible. I’ve definitely read worse. But, the writing did not captivate me. It felt slightly awkward in flow and context. A lot of the memory flashbacks felt misplaced, and Sam kept making up random “song lyrics” in his head that just came off as confusing, and super weird. I couldn’t completely visualize the world, and I didn’t become invested in any of the characters.

I wasn’t a fan of the insta-love/obsessive relationship that was formed between Grace and Sam either. Sam always spoke about not remembering his human self and thoughts when he changed in to a wolf, but somehow managed to fall in love with Grace from only watching her, and interacting ONCE. Grace had only known Sam as a wolf, and grew familiar with seeing him, and smelling him, watching her, and magically connected with him the first time she realized he could change in to human Sam. It just felt a little on the unhealthy side. She was letting him drive her car, sleep in her bed, use her toothbrush (yes, gross!), without really getting to know him.

The plot had a lot of promise. I was intrigued by the wolves only shifting when it was cold (though I was also confused by its lack of explanation too). I just didn’t feel that it lived up to my expectations, and felt disappointed in the jumpy pace of the story, and the lack of explanation of everything involving the wolves.

I had made it to around page 260 when I started to feel like I had no interest in continuing the series. I was slightly bored, confused, and turned off by the weird vibe of the relationship. But, I continued on because there was nothing so terrible, or offensive, that gave me reason to “DNF” the book. Now, after finishing it, and being left with an intriguing, cliffhanger ending, I may pick up book 2 and give The Wolves of Mercy Falls series a second chance to see where everything was headed.

So, I didn’t love it. I didn’t completely hate it either. I’m sitting right in the middle, and not sure if I would recommend it or not. Have you read it? Do you want to? Did book 2 get better? I’d have to give it about a 2 to 2.5 star rating (or 2 faeries, since we don’t want to tempt a wolf with an easy meal of half a faerie).


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28 thoughts on “Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) (Mild Spoilers Ahead)

  1. I’ve been so excited for this one, at least I was when I bought the book, before I read all of the somewhat negative reviews for it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve come across more than one or two positive ones. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. The insta-love would have been a really big no for me, too.

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    1. I know! I wish I loved it. I had seen so many great reviews. It just wasn’t for me. I think I may have enjoyed it more if I had read it when I was younger. I’ve just read a lot of romances lately that have had slow developing love stories, and didn’t have the insta-love thing, and now I’m used to those, lol.


  2. I wasn’t a huge fan of this series either. Actually, reading Shiver confirmed for me that I don’t enjoy werewolf novels. I don’t like the obsessive relationships that seem to be a staple feature in them. Grace drove me nuts because of it. I really liked Isabel though. She was one of the reasons I kept reading the series.

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      1. I think the obsessiveness is closely associated with the “alpha male” hero/pack leader. The idea of being a possession or belonging to someone else. Sometimes the unspoken “natural instincts” that draw these couples together. I find it’s more common in the adult paranormal reads but I’ve noticed it in YA books too. (One that comes to mind is Twilight with the imprinting aspect. Nightshade too). I think in Shiver’s case, it’s more of “all consuming” young love that drives the obsession.

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      2. It did, and its something that I don’t think I have seen actually explained in the books themselves. I think we would be a little more okay with these relationship types if we were somehow told that they were due to the pheromones that the werewolves put off or due to the supernatural pull of the creatures. I read The Night Realm by Annette Marie and enjoyed the fact that there was a spoken reason for the female main character being pulled to the male main character. It would be hard to resist and Incubus, lol.

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  3. I recently finished this book and enjoyed it. I also had Twilight vibes from it, but there were more compelling stakes for these characters and a unique obstacle that threatened to keep them apart compared to Edward and Bella. I could have used a bit more emotional connection before they instantly fell in love too, but I just assumed it was a ‘wolves mate for life’ kind of deal and they recognized each other instantly. I think it’s always a bit of a tough sell when one character immediately develops feelings for another they’ve previously only known as an animal.

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    1. My buddy read friend mentioned the wolves thing too. Apparently its an attraction thing that is supposed to be implied, but it just makes it feel too much like “insta-love” to me. I am glad you enjoyed the book. I will probably get in to book 2 at some point.

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      1. I thought I grabbed book 2 from my library this week but apparently I got books 3&4. For whatever reason, the editions I found seem to want to keep the order of books in the series a secret.

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