Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie StiefvaterShiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Maggie Stiefvater

Published: 2009
Purchase at: The Book Depository or Amazon

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

What would you do if the one you loved was forced to leave you? How would you spend your days with him or her?

This is how Shiver’s Grace and Sam enter their relationship — with an expiration date already stamped upon it. To say it’s a new romance wouldn’t be fair. The two have been drawn to one another and eyed each other longingly for the last six years. This year, however, is the first time they have ever talked. Before now, Sam was always a wolf when Grace saw him; he was her wolf.

It is easy to become emotionally invested in the lead characters Maggie Stiefvater crafted in this first Wolves of Mercy Falls book. Both have flawed home lives (Sam’s pre-wolf backstory is heartbreaking and shocking), which adds to the desire to hold on to one another and need for an alternative family/support system.  Both Sam and Grace feel real, a necessity in any novel, but particularly vital in a young adult title. Stiefvater elected to alternate points-of-view between the two leads. A very smart choice that allows readers to be consumed by Grace falling for Sam, but also ache as Sam deals with the growing cold that will take him from her.

Our hope for fated love kept us flying though Shiver. We were swept away by teenage love and the need to hold on to it.

The last third of the novel moves quickly, but for those needing plots that charge forward from the beginning may have a hard time getting into the book and will find the mid-section drags a bit.

The lag in pacing wasn’t enough to stop us from enjoying Shiver. We already have the recently-released sequel Linger on our bookshelf.

6 Responses to “Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. This is a great review. The book sounds sweet even though these characters are dealing with very serious matters. I will be giving this a go. thanks.

  2. Nikki says:

    I loved both books and Maggie is a great girl to follow on FB. It think in Linger there is an even bigger lull but Maggie has beautiful writing, detail and character depth that is negates it in my opinion.

  3. Jenny says:

    Thanks for the review, I enjoyed this one as well. I haven’t made it to Linger yet, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you think of that one!

  4. Aashna says:

    This series is awesome! It’s different from the usual but really good. I love the blur writing in the book.

  5. Brookelynn says:

    I loved this book I read Shiver and Linger in 2 days!!! the story like just had me reading I couldnt put it down between Sam and Grace relationship and cole and Isabel’s its intense =] I love it.. I recommend it too anyone..

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