Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

 
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Shiver
(Updated: May 12, 2014)
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I thought Shiver was an amazing book. I liked the POV's changing between Sam and Graces characters,to see what each of them is thinking. I also liked how the wolves are different in this book than in others I was a nice change. My favorite character was Isobel, I mean I love Sam and Grace but, Isobel is a very interesting character.
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'Shiver' Me Timbers
(Updated: December 04, 2013)
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Move over vampires., it's time wolves got the spot light. And not just any wolves; werewolves. Let’s face it, regular wolves are great, but it’s that much better to think said majestic beast can either turn into a toned fella ready to sweep you off your feet or potentially stay bloodthirsty and rip your face off.

Maggie Stiefvater’s "Shiver" is the perfect example of such tension. There are multiple things I love about the wolves Stiefvater presents in the first book of her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. First, these guys don’t turn into crazy feral beasts of lore. Instead they just turn into regular ol’ wolves. That makes them that much sexier that they become a beautiful part of nature as opposed to something that is trying to destroy life.

Next, these guys ain’t trying to get up all in people’s business. They don’t have any beef with vampires, they’re just trying to lead their own wolfy lives. Furthermore, in sort of a twist in the werewolf genre, the Mercy Falls wolf pack in particular is trying to find a way to live in a world full of bloodthirsty humans who want nothing more than to see wolves dead. Who says werewolves have to be the bad guy?

Ultimately, what I love the most about the werewolves of "Shiver" is that Jacob Black doesn’t live among them. That’s because where Jacob roams Bella Swan is soon to follow and she is my least favorite literary character of all time. Stiefvater’s Grace is so much more headstrong and likable and it’s no wonder she can cruise just fine with a pack of wolves.
Good Points
Werewolves who are so much better than the vampire-hating, feral beast type you see elsewhere.
A heroine who is not nearly as whiny as Bella Swan.
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Beautiful
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Shiver, and all the Wolves of Mercy Falls books, I think, are the best books that Maggie Stiefvater has ever written. This book was the first book that had instant love that I liked, as the connection was very real, so much that I could actually feel it flying off the pages and into me. Maggie Stiefvater must have a lot of talent to able to write such an amazing book.

The things that I liked most about this book was that she made up a whole different side of werewolves, and that it was written in both Sam's and Grace's view. This new side of being werewolves was very different to any other werewolf books that I have read. I loved the idea of them shifting due to the temperature changes, it was so clever and peculiar. But it was also so sad that they have only limited numbers of years before they stayed a wolf forever, this made for a great plot.

Because Shiver was written in both Sam's and Grace's eyes, you got to feel more for both of them. If it was only written inn Grace's view, than you wouldn't be able to learn as much about Sam's past and emotions. I found this clever and its not very common in books. It made it more of a interesting read.

race is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him, but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.

The characters are great, the plot is amazing, and the writing style is stunning, Shiver is one of my most favorite paranormal romance.
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Gorgeous writing, one of my favorites so far this year!
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Reader reviewed by iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books

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Wow. This is possibly one the best books I've read this year, and I've read quite a few so far. This is one of those heart-wrenching, tear-jerking books that leave you in an emotional wreck. Kind of. I actually read this in a car on a four-hour road trip with four other people, and I don't like being seen crying, so I had to HOLD IN THOSE TEARS. It hurt my throat. :(

Sam and Grace have developed a special relationship over the length of six long years that spans between two different species; one that's so fragile, it can be completely ruined with just one small change. 

I loved the switch between the point of views. I'm a huge fan of these types of books, because sometimes, I just don't want to hear the entire story told by one person. It makes the novel more... round. It's more in-depth, and you feel into the book. 

The werewolves in this book change with the seasons. When it's warm, they're human. When it's cold, they're wolves. This continues for some time, until the wolf eventually matures and remains a wolf forever. This seems to make Grace and Sam's separation inevitable. There is no known cure, and it looks like their love is doomed.

Maggie Stiefvater is just a wonderful writer. She incorporates poetry into the words, and also writes in a lyrical way. The relationship that developed between Grace and Sam didn't seem cheesy. It seemed very real, and complete, and one that you absolutely did not want to break!

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Shiver -- literally
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Reader reviewed by Sierrabellaaa.?

Shiver.
The name of the book.
The name of what I did when I read it.
The author, Maggie Stiefvater, really captured everything in the book. From her vivid descriptions of the characters and settings, this book was a page-turner.
Grace, the main character, is in love with her wolf. It's been her wolf for awhile. The one way she can find him is because of his eyes. Those yellow eyes that seem to watch her. It wasn't until one day when Grace found him naked on her porch. Everybody's fantasy, right? To find a hot naked guy on your porch? Grace cared for Sam, the human wolf, and they later bonded. A typical love story, with a lot of twists, including Sam's last change before he's a permanent wolf. He'll never be human again and won't be able to physical be with Grace...
I recommend to this...everybody. Especially those wolf lovers.
*cough, cough* Team Jacob *cough, cough*.
You guys won't be disappoint.
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Shiver made me shiver with excitement!!!
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Reader reviewed by Lulu

I had some doubts about this book, only because I was a little tired of the whole werewolf craze going around, but I really enjoyed this book. This book still had werewolves in it but it added a little twist to it that was really good. I really loved Sam because, he was so amazingly sweet. Grace was so strong and I loved her for it. Isabel even grew on me after awhile. I was heartbroken when Sam told Grace what his parents to him, and I felt awful for Grace when she had to push Sam into the bathtub. Maggie Stiefvater did an amazing job with this book. No more team Jacob, I am 100% team Sam!!! I can't wait to meet my yellow eyed boy, with a head of black hair. I cannot wait until the next book comes out!!! Good job Maggie Stiefvater!!!!
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Can Grace Save Sam........Or Does a Genetic Mutation Win
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Reader reviewed by LoveLucy269

Can Grace save Sam? This is the question that keeps two fated lovers apart. Separated by DNA, Grace is a girl who hides her emotions and has an obsession with the wolves that linger behind her house; Sam is one of those wolves. As a child he saved Grace's life and now if there to be together she must save his, but can she? As spring changes into winter there time begins to quickly run out......Can love conquer a timeless genetic mutation or will the minutes, hours, and days slowly just slip away......Will they have to make every second count? How many layers do you think it takes to stay warm? Read and find out......Shiver by Maggie Steifvater.
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Shiver
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Reader reviewed by Yiling

When I was reading Shiver, I actually got shivers. hahaha. When I finished this book, I wanted to cry and smile and laugh at the same time. This is one of the sweetest love story I have EVER read. Maggie Stiefvater has a talant for writing such breath-taking love stories. I can barely write this review right now because I am so happy and sad. So beautiful.
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A Shivering Review
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Reader reviewed by john

                     Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was a very fresh, new, amazing new take on a werewolf story.  I fell in love with it ever since the first word.  The way the book was written, in my eyes, was very poetic.  I think Maggie was trying to go for that type of poetic feel especially for the werewold scenes because werewolves can't talk so you would have to find out a new way to express the wereolf's feelings.  I got this book for christmass '09 and I read it Christmass day and finished it Christmass day.  It was really that good.  I love how, in the book, the wereolves only have a limited amount of time of switching back and forth until the dreaded day they become a wolf. . . forever.  I'm not much of a fan of guys with long hair so I didn't really see Sam as a hottie.  Just putting that out there.  Just the way that the book was written, you could feel cold when it was a cold scene, you feel hot/warm when it's a hot/warm scene.  It is really well written.  Some books, just the way it is written takes away from the enjoyment of the book.  Not with Shiver. though. 

           There aren't any slow, boring scenes.  I loved how it flowed.  The author describes the wereolvs so well it is easy to picture them in your head.  Just a perfect, clean, clear picture.  It flowed like a movie, and it just so happens it is being made into a movie.  I can't wait for it.  I think my favorite charecter would probably have to be Olive.  If I had to make a choice to take the disease or just be a werewolf, I would so choose to be a werewolf.  Shiver had happy scenes, sad scenes, adrenaline-filled scenes, excited scenes, and all other scenes that are available.  I was sad when Beck turned for the last time, never to become human again.  I like/d Beck!  He seemed really nice.  I wouldn't want to snap a bunch of chicken necks like he made Sam do, though!  I'm vegan.  The background information about Sam was really intense, you know, with the whole bath tub and everything.  I like/d how throughout the book, Sam had flashbacks of his childhood.  It helped you understand Sam a lot more.

     
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Amazing Werewolf Love Story
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Reader reviewed by Sarah S



Just finished reading Shiver for the second time in
anticipation of the July release of Linger (the second book in the
Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy). It was just as wonderfully amazing as the first
time I read it last December. Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer and I am
so very excited to see where the story ends in the final installment, Forever
due out in 2011.



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, Same 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 ... unitl 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.
-From Maggie Stiefvater's website.



The writing is absolutely amazing; the prose is beautifully crafted. Maggie
knows exactly how to get you really "into" a scene, a moment, a
feeling. The tone - the novel's core feeling - seeps from every scene. The
longing Same and Grace feel for each other and their understanding that time is
running out for them comes through every part of the novel. You can't help but
hope that they will find a way to be together and Sam will avoid shifting.



Beyong the wonderful writing, the characters are all realistic and interesting.
From the very beginning you're drawn into Grace and Sam's story. The novel
opens with Grace being attacked by a pack a wolves. It's not a violent,
introduction, as one might expect; Grace is calm and unafraid. immediately you
want to know why she's attacked, why she's not scared, and who the yellow-eyed
wolf who saves her is.



I especially enjoyed the narration shifts between Grace and Sam. By shifting
the story between the two you are pulled into their story even more. These
shifts aren't every other chapter, but are clearly carefully thought out as to
whose viewpoint a moment would be best told through. The chapters vary greatly
in length as well, which helps push the story forward and keeps the pacing from
dragging in the middle.



Beyond the content, this book is one of the most beautifully designed I've
seen. The cover is gorgeous; the blue graphic art with the red blood spot for
the dot on the "i" all work perfectly. Plus the entire interior text
is a beautiful dark, dark blue! So very pretty and original.



I absolutely loved this book and am eagerly awaiting the next two.



Get this book immediately and begin reading



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