Friday, October 16, 2009


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Book 37 of 50 for the New Author Challenge
Book 7 of 55 for the Countdown Challenge (2009)

Series: Book 1 of 3 (The Wolves of Mercy Falls)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grace Brisbane lives in Minnesota at the edge of the woods. When she was younger, the wolves from the woods pulled her off her tire swing and attacked her. But she was saved by one of them--the wolf with the yellow eyes. And since that time, Grace has watched him intently.

Sam Roth is a teenage werewolf. When the weather gets warm, he shifts into human form. But when it gets cold, he retreats into the woods behind Grace's house. He would give anything to get to know Grace in his human form. But he never has...until now.

I have to admit that I really vacillated between giving the book 3 stars or 4 stars. I loved the setting and thoroughly enjoyed Steifvater's beautiful poetic language. I appreciated that the swearing in this book is relatively minor. There is a lot of sexual tension in this book and while there are no explicit details, it isn't chaste either. I did have a problem with the fact that there were no responsible or trustworthy adults in the book. The chapters alternate between Grace's and Sam's perspectives and that really worked for me. But, the plot was a little bumpy in spots and I felt the resolution was a little cheap. Having said all that, I went with 4 stars because I stayed up late to finish it and I definitely want to read the next book in the series.

Those who like Twilight, especially Team Jacob members, will enjoy this paranormal young adult romance. You can't go wrong with this one if you just want to curl up with a light and fluffy romance on a cold day.

Read the first chapter here.

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Suey said...

A YA librarian where I work totally ripped this book apart! Now, I'm trying to decide if that makes me want to read it, or stay far far away from it! But I love Twilight and perhaps I should still give it a try, hmmmm?

Thoughts of Joy said...

Thank you for the shout out, Tricia - even though it was a DNF for me. I just couldn't read anymore. Werewolves and I don't get along. :)

Charley said...

I liked this book, too. It's not one that will change my life in any way, but it was a fun read while it lasted.