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Shiver : Wolves of Mercy Falls : Book 1 - Maggie Stiefvater


Wolves of Mercy Falls : Book 1

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2009
ISBN: 9780545123266
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 15+ years old

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In previous books Maggie Stiefvater has stated clearly her attempts to stay close to faerie lore but with her new novel Shiver she has had no qualms about completely re-inventing werewolf mythology. The result is a young adult love story of surprising emotional maturity and tension.

In Mercy Falls Minnesota a wolf pack wanders the Boundary Wood during the winter months but disappears in the Summer. Grace has been obsessed with the wolves since she was attacked by them as a child. One wolf in particular stands out in her memory: the wolf with the yellow eyes. As the other wolves tore at her clothing and nipped at her flesh, the yellow eyed wolf held her gaze, comforting her and distracting her from her fear. Now she looks for the yellow eyed wolf, her wolf, every winter. And he looks for her, coming to the edge of the forest to gaze at her again.

When a group of hunters go into the woods in search of the pack Grace fear for her wolf and tries to distract them. Returning home she finds an injured boy on her doorstep and recognises him immediately as her wolf. She nurses him back to health and together they try to find a way to stop him turning back. And here is Stiefvater's twist on the myth: werewolves are not turned by the full moon but by the temperature. Once winter sets in and the temperature drops below a certain point the human becomes the wolf until the weather warms again. Shiver is a race against the thermometer to find a cure before Grace's wolf, Sam, turns back for what he realises will be the last time.

Comparisons to Twilight are inevitable, with a young girl falling in love with a paranormal boyfriend. But there is a lot more to like about Grace than Bella Swan - she is not passive and helpless in the face of Sam's paranormal powers and is able to help him come to terms with a tragic past. Neither is Sam simply a beautiful monster, a symbol of restrained danger like Ed Cullen, the lusty but abstinent vampire. The love story between the two is every bit as intense but more equal and definitely more verbose (Sam has a poet's soul and Stiefvater is much better with language than Meyer).

All in all, Shiver is a beautiful love story and the beginning of a powerful new bitter-sweet series that will capture young hearts and old.

reviewed by Richard Bilkey, Booktopia Buzz Editor

Product Description

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.

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have revolved 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 writer (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 twenty-two). Maggie now lives a surprisingly eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dog.

From Shiver
That night I lay in bed and stared at the window, my blinds pulled up so I could see the night sky
One thousand brilliant stars punched holes in my consciousness, pricking me with longing
I could stare at the stars for hours, their infinite depth pulling me into a part of myself that I ignored during the day
Outside, deep in the woods, I heard a long, keening wail, and then another, as the wolves began to howl
More voices pitched in, some low and mournful, others high and short, an eerie and beautiful chorus
I knew my wolf's howl; his rich tone sang out above the others as if begging me to hear it
My heart ached inside me, torn between wanting them to stop and wishing they would go on forever
I imagined myself there among them in the golden wood, watching their heads tilt back to the endless stars
I blinked a tear away, feeling foolish and miserable, but I didn't go to sleep until every wolf had fallen silent
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ISBN: 9780545123266
ISBN-10: 0545123267
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 15+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st November 2009
Publisher: Scholastic US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 15.1  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.54

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