Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

  • By Maggie Stiefvater
  • Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
  • Published: August 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
  • Genre: Young Adult Paranormal / Romance
  • Source: own copy
  • In a Note: it was just not for me
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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

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    OK, so I don’t really know why I picked up Shiver in the first place, aside from the ridiculously beautiful cover and the constant praise I was hearing about this book.

    It certainly didn’t live up to its potential. I just simply don’t know what to say about this book, I don’t think it even deserved a rant from me because I just didn’t care about what was happening.

    Sam and Grace, the protagonists, were both so emotionally detached and flat that I had a hard time accepting them as anything more than pre-programmed cliche book characters. The wolf dynamic was interesting enough to hold my attention some, but that just got triumphed with the absolutely shallow world building and characterization.

    I do give Stiefvater props for her writing. It’s beautiful, elegant, and certainly very lyrical, and I enjoyed her descriptions very much, but just couldn’t get into the story being narrated from the POVs of two very un realistic teenagers.

    I do recommend it because it definitely has a cold ring to it, but this time it was just not for me.

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    8 thoughts on “Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

      1. Maddy Post author

        I’ve heard that her Lament was a really good one, but I’m not going to be giving it a try after what I saw in Shiver.


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