September 8, 2011

Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls 1
Format: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Source: Library
Excerpt here
Genre: YA
Purchase Link: Amazon

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon. A stirring supernatural teen romance. 

I know I'm playing catch up here and from what I've gathered we'll see The Mercy Falls Trilogy in the theateres soon. It's been reported that the screenplay has been written by Nick Pustay (Ramona & Beezus, Camille) and there is a Director on the chair but they're keeping mum about the cast.

Anyway, I'm a sucker for Werewolves and I must say that this is a beautiful book. It is a sob story for some reason I didn't feel it weighing me down like some YA books that I've recently read. The story is indeed sad and I feel like my heart was literally wrenched from my chest when they were trying to save Sam on the last couple of chapters of the book.

It's so funny because before I started to read this, I saw an interview by Maggie Stiefvater during her visit to Australia. I never expected her to be so bubbly and young. But what got me cracking up was when she said that the idea to write The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy came to her one night when she was reading a book and by the end of the night she was so heartbroken and doing the ugly cry. So she decided that she'll write a book designed to ruin our nights from heartache. Boy, she was serious when she made that promise.

What I like about the series is that I understood what Sam and Grace are going through but the way it's told is NOT dark which is the current staple in the YA genre. I can feel Olivia's fear about the unknown, Jack's desperation and Isabel's denial. The feelings, mood and temperature of the story is written in a subtle manner and not in an ingratiating way where every scene is tear stained and foreboding. Unlike some books that dictates what I should feel, in this one I was given a choice to either be emphatic or just sympathetic with the characters. Nobody wallowed about their fates, they understood that nothing can be accomplished by worrying too much about something they have little control over and instead chose to live their lives as if it's their last.

The only inconsistent thing is the absence of parents. Although it's been explained why Grace's parents seems to be emotionally detached from her, I feel like it's a hasty explanation just to sort of get them out of the way. Grace seems to be a very put together girl and with that kind of set up at home, I'm surprised that she doesn't seem to have a dark side considering that she was attacked by wolves at a very young age and didn't elicit any kind of guilt from her parents by over compensating on certain things.

Nevertheless, I love the story and the way Stiefvater's myth works and the story ended, I want to know how the lovers can break the magic and be together. Plus I want answers as to why Grace didn't turn.


  1. I have the audiobook for this. I really need to start it. I have heard great things about it and I am happy to see you liked it hon. This sounds so emotional actually LOL! I can't wait to read this. Great review hon, thank you :)

  2. It is and I want to read the real story before they make it into a movie. Things always gets lost in translation in the process.

  3. Braine I was wondering if that was our vid interview you saw, we don't have it up anymore as Maggie asked us to take it down, hence why it disappeared as we were I think spoiling the rest of her tour by having it up .....?


  4. Michelle - yeah it was in your blog that I "met" her for the first time. I don't see why it would spoil the tour not unless that's a scripted spiel she was doing up there. You should put it up again.

  5. I got this book because of all of the great reviews and it wasn't a let down. I would recommend reading this in the morning because you won't be able to put it down. Great story line and characters. Maggie Stiefvater is an excellent writer. I would highly recommend this book.

  6. France - yup although it was a little sad the story and writing are wonderful! I'm waiting for Scorpio Races to be available in our local library, I hope her genius didn't stop with Shiver.


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