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Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1)
Shiver - Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
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 ....  more »
ISBN-13: 9780545123273
ISBN-10: 0545123275
Publication Date: 6/1/2010
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 143 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book has been quite a disappointment to me. I cannot find a reason for the hype it has caused, and I had an extremely difficult time keeping through with it 'til the end -- it was a page-turner, but only in the sense of wanting to hurry up and get to the end, not to the next page.
For one, the plot was awfully sub-par; it was like an offshoot of Twilight (that being said, I'd recommend this to any of those Twilight 'junkies'). The female, Grace, was very strange and one-dimensional, crying at everything, and fostering an intense love for an animal she didn't even know was a man. A pathetic make-up of a man, at that. You think a werewolf would be masculine, hard and tough, but this guy is extremely feminine and seemingly has no common sense whatsoever - I do not understand his point for being there, nor why he depends on Grace so much (they've known each other for, what, two days?), nor why he repeats himself so often and tends to act like a frilly, emotional wreck of a 12-year-old.
And for two, the writing style is very childish and youthful (as was the almost nausea-inducing "romance", if you can even call it that). It did not capture me in any way, and in some parts I just wanted to throw the book down and give up. The authour takes way to long to get into things, and when she gets into them they aren't even worth all the pages it took to get to them.
I suppose this story could've been decent if executed better, but it still feels way too Twilight-y to me (and not in a good way).
Yet... there was something in it that made me keep reading. Even though there were countless times I just had to shake my head and set the book down, I always picked it back up again. My guess is that I looked through the cheesy written romance and the hopeless romantic deep inside of me connected with the "love conquers all things" theme.
*Also, the blue type is killer on the eyes; hope the next book's not in green...
reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Loved Loved LOVED This book!! It was amazing. Sure, that's probably just my lame girly side talking, but I really did love it.
It's the story about two people who fall in love under impossible circumstances and what they do to keep it together. I got the audio version of this book because I have such a huge stack of unread paper books. I figured I could just listen to it at work and mark it off my list. Well, I listened to it at work for the last two days, and now that it is finished I miss it. I miss Grace and Sam already.
The next book, Linger, doesn't come out until July 20 so I have a little while to wait. What I hate more than waiting the 3 months for the next book is that it's only the second in a trilogy and book number three, Forever, wont come out until 2011.
Why do get so wrapped up in books that take forever to complete the series?! It's because they are good. That's why.
reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
There are spoilers in this review!

This book was given to me as a gift because normally I'm not interested in any of this teen-wolf hype. But I started reading it and I didn't stop because I liked the characters and I was curious to find out what happened.

Other reviewers describe Stiefvater's writing as slow. I would agree, but it a good way. I enjoyed how the book took it's time to describe characters and situations and locations. I am left with a very distinct image of Mercy Falls, the woods, and the people that live there.

However, I was very disappointed with her choice to "cure" the wolves with an injection of bacterial meningitis. I mean really! In any other situation I would have probably stopped reading at that point but you know how that goes. I felt that it was a pretty cheap way to wrap things up.

But maybe if I read the second book I will find out why Jack died, but Sam miraculously is cured? Guess I just got suckered into reading book 2.
reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1) on + 59 more book reviews
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This was a great YA Book. Sam and Grace are great characters. Its the beginning of a love story that goes above and beyond average. Sam is a werewolf who must change into a wolf at the end of the summer until the beginning of spring until one day he just wont change back. Grace its just your average teenage girl right? Wrong she was bitten by the werewolf's one winter then saved by Sam. Something happens and she ends up not changing but sam must still follow the cycle. Will they ever get a chance to be together and if they do how will it work out?

I really loved this book I enjoyed all of the characters even the ones your supposed to hate. The writer makes it easy to even understand the point of view of the bad characters.

If you love YA were books you should try this series!
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So I read Shiver long after its initial hype. I have read Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater, and I really didn't like it. That is one reason I waited so long to read this one, and I finally did, so here goes.

It was OK, not really more than that. I think Grace could be a strong character, if she wasn't such a wimp with the world. Sam is just annoying sometimes, whinning and crying about things he can't change. I get it, you don't want to be a wolf!

Also, it seems when it goes back and forth between characters, they suddenly change who they are, or rather, maybe it is they are seen differently by someone else? For example, when you are reading Grace, she seems like a quiet, keep to herself girl. Yet when you are reading Sam, it is like Grace is this bouncy, always happy, playful girl. Where does that come from? It was very confusing at times.

Anyway, I read it. I probably wont re-read it, but at least I got through it once! 3 out of 5 stars.
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I never even glance at vampire or werewolf books the hype is just too crazy. I love new books however so, when I saw this book at my library I thought I'd give it a try.

The plot of the book isn't very original, a girl loves a werewolf and can't be with him. Surprisingly, it did catch my interest, but not until the end... I enjoyed the story, but Stiefvater's writing is just so meticulous and slow. I won't be reading the next two in the series.
reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Bk 1) on + 39 more book reviews
Loved this one even if it is more for a teenager. The story grabs you right away and makes you wonder what's next. Eagerly looking forward to getting the next book and reading about how the story progresses. Highly recommend for teens that enjoyed Twilight or that sort of on the edges of humanity kind of paranormal thing.