Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

 
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Lovely
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4.3
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4.0
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5.0
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4.0
This book is lyrical and lovely. Grace and Sam are beautiful together, and the mystery of what will happen to Sam hangs over their heads the entire time, lending a sense of urgency to their romance. I felt like there wasn't any plot beyond Sam and Grace spending time together and hoping to find a cure (some outside plot lines would've been welcome). They did have to hide what Sam was from the town so he didnt get hunted, but it didn't play a signficant role. I also would've loved to have Sam and Grace's narrative voices sound a bit more distinct from each other. I sometimes got confused as to which of them was narrating a chapter because they sounded so similar. However, this is a gorgeous book, with a compelling romance, and interesting characters. I recommend it.
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Gorgeous
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4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
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4.0
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5.0
Maggie has a real gift with words. Her prose is magical and delicious. I loved her unique take on werewolf mythology and the eerie and frightening nature of their existence.

I do wish there had been more focus on plot and conflict, though this hardly diminished my enjoyment of the book.
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I loved the writing and unique take on werewolves.
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Great but not perfect
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3.7
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2.0
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4.0
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5.0
Sometimes I can be the biggest idiot on the planet. You see I had this book for a year and a half but I waited until all 3 were translated to Croatian. I didn’t want to read the first two and then have to wait a lot for the last part.

Maggie sure knows the world of Mercy Falls. The descriptions of nature were amazing. You get the feeling it’s cold and the stillness of forest captures your attention. Melancholic and really magical if you ask me. If I could associate this trilogy to an artist it wold be Lana Del Rey. Her songs encourage you to feel not just listen.

Grace is girl who lives with her parents but they aren’t usually around so she is very independent and knows how to take care of herself. There was this thing I didn’t like about the book and that was the fact she could sneak Sam in her room without her parents checking up on her. I get it, they aren’t around but I find it hard to believe they don’t enter her room at least one a day.

Sam is a werewolf who falls in love with Grace and he is desperately trying to stay human even though the cold is making him change into wolf. He reads a lot, plays the guitar and writes poetry. Basically he is an old soul. He reminds me a little of Jem from The Infernal Devices.

Even though this book is obviously beautiful I didn’t fall in love with it. The main reason for this is the relationship between Sam and Grace. They get together too quickly. I like a good chase before characters settle down and start to date. I usually complain how there isn’t enough romance in paranormal books but this one had plenty, I just didn’t connect with it.

Also I wanted to quit several times because I felt nothing was happening. But I am glad I stick to it and I liked it very much in the end. The last few lines made the book so much better
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Shiver
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5.0
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5.0
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Reader reviewed by Erica

Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 400

Rating: 5 stars

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.


Shiver was one of those addicting books that you cannot put down! With the first words, I was hooked. Shiver is a perfect title, because while you read it it kept you "shivering" from the beautiful imagery Maggie Stiefvater uses. I simply fell in love with basically everything about Shiver. The writing was beautiful and flowing. Maggie Stiefvater adds so much to the story writing in alternating POVs between Sam and Grace.

Sam and Grace's relationship was really something! You could feel the intensity of it, especially when Sam was still a wolf. The longing they had for each other was so apparant.

All of Shiver's characters were well-written and just seemed to click with the story. Grace was such an amiable character. She was one of those characters that everyone could relate to. Sam was just so sweet and another character you really could relate to. I also really liked Isabel as a character. She played a more minor role but she was such a strong character that she stood out among the others. The one character I would've liked to know a bit more about is Shelby. She is hostile and wants Sam and to be at the "top", but I didn't feel her as a threat as much as I think she could've been. At different points in the book, they refer to Shelby's past but you never find out what that actually is.

Shiver was an absolutely phenomonal start to the trilogy. I cannot wait for Linger, and hear more of Sam and Grace's story!
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The sweetest thing I've read in a while
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by Sab H.

I loved this book. It's the sweetest thing I've read in a while. I was
prepared to cry, but I didn't; I loved every step. It was a truly
amazing story, with wonderful supernatural elements included. The
writing was great. Maggie is a wonderful writer. She makes the reader feel so much when reading.

The
characters were incredible. I'm running out of praise for characters,
specially for the lovable male character. Oh Sam, I loved Sam. I loved
Grace too, she's a simple normal decision-making girl. The plot was
superb, I never lost interest. Not once. It has a steady pace and one
moment you are drooling because the romance is so yummy, and at the
next minute you're turning the pages wanting to find out what happens,
as if your life depends on it.

The cover is not one of my
favorites but it suits the book quite well. For those Twilight fans,
and those who love wonderful love stories with a supernatural edge, go
pick this New York Times Best-selling title right now!

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Review of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by cbrett60

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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.


Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
Language: English



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A perfect 5/5

<span style="font-weight:bold;">Pros:</span>
-Transition is flawless
-Passion is felt
-Ending is amazing

<span style="font-weight:bold;">Cons</span>
- Starts of just a little slow
- One character is two-dimensional to me. Her motivation isn't explained


<span style="font-weight:bold;">Writing;</span>
Maggie knows what she is doing. Her writing takes you from this world to the one she has created. Smells, sounds, descriptions are all flawless to give you the sense of belonging, desire and want. With such a well written book and a perfect ending, I do not know how Maggie has found a way to write a second book. But she has and if it is anywhere as well written as this book then it is bound to be Phenomenal.


<span style="font-weight:bold;">Characters:</span>
Sam is a wolf, and his is human. His motivation, back story and needs all convey who his is and what he is aiming for. What is it that he truly wants? You will have to read the book to find out. Hehe. (I want to be Sam)

Grace. Her name says it all. She knows what she wants, and she is going to do everything in her power to keep it safe. What is she protecting? What keeps attracting her to the woods? I believe girls will want to be Grace.


<span style="font-weight:bold;">Dialogue:</span>
When the characters speak to each other, the dialogue is truly how someone might say it. Even with there is no dialogue there is still dialogue. Unspoken words that say it all. You know that there is a connection between people when they don't have to speak to have a conversation.


<span style="font-weight:bold;">Book Excerpt:</span>
<blockquote>"She kissed me harder, breath huffing into my mouth, and bit my lip. Oh, hell that was amazing. I growled before I could stop myself."</blockquote>

<span style="font-weight:bold;">About the Author</span>
"I'm an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and play several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes. I also make great cocktail party conversation." -Straight from her <a href="http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/me.php">site</a>


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Beautiful, Real Book
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by Katie

"For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolfher wolfis 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 humanor risk losing himself, and Grace, forever." - From author's website
This book was amazing. You know, I like Twilight just as much as the next [average] person, but all the vampire copycat stories were making me dread going into the teen section at bookstores. Shiver is why you should do it anyway. This book is about werewolves, and Maggie Stiefvater puts a creative new spin on the human/wolf thing. This was the best book I have read in a long time, blending the unusual cross-species romance with the everyday. The characters were so genuine, and even their flaws just made you want to love them more. For those who love Twilight and those who hate it, this is one of the best books you will ever read. Definitely going up on my list of favorites with books like The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and The Host.
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You May Shiver, But Not From The Cold
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by Margay Justice

Maggie Stiefvater is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors. She has a way with words and prose that is awe-inspiring. With just a few key details, she places you right into the heart of the story and there you will remain until the conclusion. This is simply a stunning book about love, yearning and facing the prospect of loss head-on and taking the risk, anyway. Stiefvater takes you right into the heart of teenage angst and first love, adding a supernatural element that blends so well with the story, you soon forget that this is a paranormal tale. She has a way of bringing a sweet humanity to the paranormal characters in this book, even as those characters struggle with the inevitability of the loss of that humanity. The choices they make might not always be of the most noble nature, but they are understandable when you take the time to understand them.

From the main characters to all of the secondary ones, the portraits the author draws are each unique and heartbreaking, in turns. You end up feeling sorry for the characters you didn't like in the beginning and wondering at the choices made by characters you did like. All of them are beautifully flawed. And so, in telling the tale of a girl whose boyfriend just might be a wolf, the author manages to tell a bittersweet story of love and humanity that will linger in your memory long after the last page is read. I look forward to reading the sequel, which appropriately enough, is titled Linger.
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Cold World, Hot Romance
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5.0
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5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by Penultimate Page

My Thoughts:

Shiver has definitely made the list as one of my favorite books.

Shiver is one of the few books that left me absolutely speechless (not to mention bawling my eyes out). I was completely attached to the characters practically right off the bat. Grace is a girl that seems, on the outside, to lead a totally normal life. However, her parents, though alive, are never around. This has forced Grace to grow up and take responsibility for herself. One of her only comforts is the pack of wolves that live in the forest behind her house. She is a likable character that I wouldnt mind having a cup of coffee with, in the least.

Sam, oh Sam. Sa-woooon. Stupid in love? Check. Dark and mysterious? Check. Works at a bookstore? Check. Writes music? Check. Where do I sign up for one of those? Sam is a tortured soul that is forced to harbor a dark secret, even from Grace, in the beginning.

The pair are totally in love and completely dynamic. The chemistry between Grace and Sam left me wholly unaware that there were other characters in the book until those characters threatened what Grace and Sam had.

When I was forced to notice the other characters, it was easy to see that, while not as close to my heart as Grace and Sam, they too were dynamic. Graces group of friends acted like a real group of teenagers, while Sams pack behaved with the world-weariness and volatility you would expect.

Maggies writing style, whether in ShiverLament, or Ballad, always draws me in.
I love the dual points-of-view in Shiver, and not just how refreshing it is, but that there is an actual purpose to it. In my opinion, the emotions, memories, and ideas conveyed by both Grace and Sam would not have hit home as hard if Shiver had been written entirely in third person.

The Verdict:

Maggie Stiefvater draws you in the a no-nonsense quick start and sinks her claws in. There is no getting out of this story, even after the last page.

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This Book Will Steal Your Breath Away
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
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0.0
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0.0
Reader reviewed by Manda Kay

I've been
sitting for a while trying to compose this review.  This book has
totally stolen my words.  That's a scary thought, since I'm pretty sure
that has never happened before. 

Shiver
is the story of Grace and Sam.  Grace is a 17 year old girl whose
obsessed with the wolves that live in the woods behind her house. 
There is one wolf who she loves to watch, he sort of feels like "her"
wolf, but she doesn't know why.  Sam is that wolf.  During the summers,
he lives human and is able to be around Grace from a distance.  In the
winters, he is her yellow-eyed wolf that protects her and watches her
from afar.  What draws them to each other?  What is in their pasts that
makes them made to be together? How will they conquer their pasts to be
forever in love?  You'll have to read for yourself to find out. I know
the suspense is killing you.

I am
absolutely, without a doubt, in love with this story.  The tale that
Maggie Stiefvater spins of love, pain, and suspense is one you'll feel
in the depths of your soul.  After reading this book, I felt lost for
words.  I sat clutching the book to my chest with tears running down my
face, wishing that it wasn't over.  The emotions that are painted into
the voices and thoughts of Grace and Sam are those of first loves, old
loves, and forever loves.  I feel the love that Grace and Sam feel for
each other.  I want to live this love.  After reading, Shiver by Maggie
Stiefvater, I assure you you'll feel the same way too.

Reprinted here with author's permission. --I am that author.

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