Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press on August 1, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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.
What I Thought…
The Wolves of Mercy Falls series wasn’t one that I had planned on reading, but when the whole trilogy came up for sale on Amazon for $3.99 it was too good of a deal to pass up. Since everyone has been talking about Sinner lately it put me in the mood to read Shiver.
Before I even talk about Shiver I need to talk about Stiefvater’s writing. It’s absolutely amazing. She could make the dictionary sound pretty and poetic. She could rewrite my least favorite book ever and I would read it, and I would probably like it. She’s very talented.
As with other books I’ve read by Stiefvater Shiver isn’t exactly fast paced, but it’s seriously hard to put down, there are things happening, it’s just at a more lingering pace. Except for Grace and Sam’s interest in each other, which is instalove, or maybe even instaobsessed as they have both been obsessed with each other since the incident. Despite their obsession Grace and Sam are cute together as they work through their relationship as humans, rather than Grace the human staring at Sam the wolf.
Stiefvater’s werewolves are a bit different from traditional werewolves. They are controlled by the moon phases, nor can they change at will. They change based on temperature. Even after one book I’m not completely sold on this idea for werewolves, but I trust that Stiefvater knows where she is going with it. It did present some unique challenges for Sam and his pack (and for Grace) as winter sets in.
One of the things I always hated about the Twilight series was that the wolves carried around clothes in some little container thing strapped to their leg. That idea was completely ridiculous in every way. I’m happy to report Stiefvater didn’t have any crazy ideas for her werewolves!
I liked Grace well enough, but I liked Olivia and Isabel a bit more (which has me very excited about Sinner). There wasn’t anything specifically wrong with Grace, I just didn’t “get” her. I liked Sam as well. I liked how focused he was on being human and how much love he had for his pack, even though they aren’t perfect.
I’m normally terrible at predicting things in books, but everything that was going on with Olivia seemed so obvious! Other than that though I didn’t really pick out much else, though after finishing there were some clues along the way.
Overall Shiver was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what more is in store for Sam and Grace.