Friday, August 6, 2010

Review: Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls 1) by 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 . . . 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.

The Elliott Review:

What to say about this book? It is the first book I've read in a while that impacted me. At a certain part in this book, I felt tears forming in my eyes - something that does not happen to me very often when reading. The narrative flows back and forth between Sam and Grace, and both of their perspectives are authentic and engaging right from the start, especially Sam.

I love that, as per the current YA stereotype, they are not nervous or awkward around each other when they get together. Their relationship is just a natural by-product of the years they spent watching each other. Both of them do have some sadness to them, but it's not the complete focus of the story or cause for any melodramatic ramblings.

There is a sort of heartfelt tension throughout the entire book, leaving the couple's future up in the air. Sam becomes a wolf when it is too cold, and eventually all werewolves phases to wolves and stay that way. The fact that each chapter has the temperature is listed at the top of each chapter is a steady, quiet reminder of all the couple risks. The sense of angst and anxiety surrounding Sam and his history is a big part of what addicted me to this story.

Shiver Trailer: Still Wolf Watching

1 comment:

  1. And the words, oh the words! The language is more than descriptive; it's poetic. When I wasn't busy being absorbed by the plot, I was drinking in Stiefvater's descriptions; I felt the Minnesota winter of the novel. I frequently reread sentences and lingered over well-worded paragraphs. And on top of that, Maggie Stiefvater is funny! I laughed many times, and you probably will too.