BOOK REVIEW: Shiver – by Maggie Stiefvater

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Title: Shiver
(The Wolves Of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Fiction
First published: August 1st 2009
Finished reading: May 8th 2015
Pages: 390
Rating 3

“As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air.”

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I confess; this is my first Maggie Stiefvater read. Somehow I have never read any of her work before, which is strange because she is a very popular YA author. I had really high expectations for this first book in The Wolves Of Mercy Falls series, and to be honest I ended up being slightly disappointed by Shiver. It’s not like it’s a bad read, but it was just too… I don’t know, sappy?! I felt the story lacked action and the werewolves could have been made more dangerous. I mean, Sam isn’t supposed to be the ideal friend and boyfriend material right? There was too much focus on the romance scenes and the wolves weren’t scary it all. I had serious Twilight flashbacks and let me tell you: that’s not a good thing. I’m just glad Sam and his friends at least didn’t sparkle. 😉 The prose is easy to read and the pace is fast, so all in all Shiver is an easy and quick read. I own a copy of book two and three, so I will probably end up reading them at some point. Still, I think I prefer finishing other series first. Or maybe try The Raven Boys by the same author to see if I like that series better…

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Grace has an obsession for the wolves in the woods behind her house ever since some attacked her when she was little. One of them, a yellow-eyed wolf, rescued her and seems to be watching over her in the years that follow. The wolf turns out to be more than a simple animal… Grace is shocked when she meets Sam, a boy whose eyes are a carbon copy of the wolf.

Sam has lived two lives ever since I was attacked. During the summer he is like any other teenager his age, but as the weather turns colder he shifts into something else… He is a werewolf. During the cold winter months he is forced to live in the froze woods with a pack of fellow werewolves, and unlike others he doesn’t like living his life as an animal. He has been obsessed by Grace as well, and when he finally meets her he desperately tries to stay human so he can be with her. But will he be able to beat the cold?

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There was too much romance involved for my taste and the plot lacked action. Sure, Grace and Sam were cute together, but I wasn’t convinced by the general story. Then again, I’m not really a sucker for the romance genre. Still, it really shows that Maggie Stiefvater is an excellent writer and the prose itself was good. I just wished the werewolves would have been more… Animal. All in all Shiver was a good read, but I guess expected something different. Still, I would definitely recommend this read to fans of the YA fantasy and romance genre.

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  6. When you finish the Wolves of Mercy Falls series I definitely recommend reading the companion Novel Sinner it is my favorite. I have a review on my blog for it too =) Shiver is just a peek into the wolf side. If you are craving a pack sense novel I recommend Nightshade by Andrea Cremer if you are okay with adult paranormal I recommend Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Sorry wolf/werewolf books are my favorite =)

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    • Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve seen Sinner around the book blogging community so I will definitely keep it in mind… I’ve added Nightshade to my wishlist as well. I like the use of werewolves in fantasy novels; there are too many vampire and wizard themed books out there, and reading one about werewolves is refreshing. 🙂

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  7. I love The Raven Boys and also really liked The Scorpio Races, but I tried this one once and couldn’t get into it, which surprised me because I thought I would love anything by this author. I definitely recommend The a Raven Boys. The synopsis for the first book makes it sound like its heavy on the romance, but it’s really not.

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