Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her but she doesn’t know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then — for a short time each year — he is human, never daring to talk to Grace ... until now.
For Grace and Sam love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human — and Grace must fight to keep him — even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present and the impossibility of the future.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.
All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she's tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She's made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.
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Comments about Shiver:
'Shiver' felt a little long for me – only because it was hard to get into; the pace was slow and not a lot happened. I did enjoy the relationship element between Grace and Sam, even if it was a little stalker-esque. I'd hoped for a darker tone with the werewolf treatment for this novel, but it focused more on the pack mentality and 'canine' forms rather than something monstrous and half-human-half-wolf, fighting against an inner evil vying for control over the physical body. It was very light and fluffy and failed to hook me in.
Maggie Stiefvater does have a beautiful way of writing though, she has a lyrical turn of phrase which helps paint beautiful scenes in the imagination. She also has a great knack for great world building and underlying mythology in her novels, and where 'Shiver' failed to captivate me, it was still an interesting concept.
As far as story goes, I found it ultimately very predictable and unoriginal. It followed a formula rife in YA paranormal romances; which I could have overlooked if there was something that hooked me, but unfortunately 'Shiver' fell short.
Grace was a strong character, which is the most redeeming quality of this book. She is intelligent and observant, juxtaposing Sam's alternate point of view (which I had a little trouble relating to). As the narration alternated between Grace and Sam, I kept getting pulled out of the novel, distracted by trying to find a connection and get my bearings. I felt if the novel had remained with a single character and was only half its length, if would have been a far superior story.
There have been a lot of parallels drawn between this book and 'Twilight' – and even the sparkly vampires were more menacing than the wolves of Mercy Falls. I wouldn't particularly recommend this book; maybe to a younger audience – early teens – but I'm uncertain if many would have the attention span to complete the novel.
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14+ years old
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.800