Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

 
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'Shiver' Me Timbers
(Updated: December 04, 2013)
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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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.
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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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Shiver: An unexpected Beauty
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
WOW I kept putting off reading this book because I was getting sick of the Vampire Werewolf crap and I was wrong about this book! The writing was incredible, the characters were amazing and I just fell in love! Definitely worth reading!
Good Points
The PROSE oh my gosh the prose!
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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
(Updated: September 29, 2012)
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4.7
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4.0
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5.0
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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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Lovely
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4.3
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5.0
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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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Shiver
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4.3
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
I really like Shiver. I picked it up post-twilight because of the cover, but, although they say never judge a book by its cover, in this case it's the opposite, because Shiver is stylish both inside and out. I love the way the chapters alternate between Sam and Grace's point of view. The description of the wolves is amazing!
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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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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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Boring First Half, but I was Captivated in the End
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3.7
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2.0
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4.0
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5.0
I missed the Shiver series train when it came out a few years ago and I’ve always been curious about what I missed, so when Amazon was offering the kindle version of the book for a $1.99, I jumped aboard. Reading Shiver was an emotional roller coaster ride, but not always in the way I think the author wanted it to be. My opinion of Shiver fluctuated while reading more than almost any other book I’ve ever read. At ten percent through the novel, I felt quite uncomfortable as Grace, our protagonist, is obsessed with her wolf. I understand that the yellow-eyed wolf saved her life, but I couldn’t get over the unhealthy obsession Grace had. So when the wolf shows up as Sam and I’m suppose to buy into their instant love, I couldn’t quite get into it. I kept reading though, and my uneasiness subsided into general boredom.

At about forty percent through Shiver, I was ready to put it away. I was bored, lacked interest in the plot, and couldn’t really follow the romance. However, because I’m stubborn I kept reading hoping it would get better. And unlike what normally happens when I assume such a thing, it did.

I loved the last half of this book, and I don’t know why. The entire first half I spent time being uneasy and bored, but around the halfway mark I started to feel myself rooting for Sam and Grace. Their romance fell into an easy rhythm that was much more believable, I enjoyed the story lines, and I actually was eager to know what happened next. The writing, which had been beautiful from the very beginning, hooked me even more. When Grace and/or Sam felt sad, I felt sad. When they had a victory, I celebrated too. Somehow, I became attached to the characters. I also really enjoyed Sam’s exploration of his humanity and how he wanted to stay Sam, in contrast to his wolfish nature. It’s a really great look at what it means to keep your own humanity.

At the last half of the book, all the things that make this story unique really stand out. Maggie Stiefvater is a really beautiful writer. She writes sentences that make me want to curl up next to the window and listen to someone speak her sentences all day. I really appreciated the characters of Sam and Grace, and how they’re not your typical romantic leads. Grace is the practical, less emotional one, whereas Sam is an artists at heart, creating songs and poems in his head during every moment.

In the end, though, I’m perplexed what to rate/how to recommend this book. The last half was really stunning and I was completely captivated, but the first half was a little strange and made me uneasy at times. Ultimately, I think this is a worthwhile book that really establishes Stiefvater as a wonderful writer, and I’ll definitely pick up some of her other books(I’ve heard only good things about The Raven Boys), but I’m not sure I’ll be revisiting this book.

Final Impression: Beautifully written, but the beginning with Grace’s obsession with the wolfs was a little too unhealthy for me. I loved the second half, though, and despite my misgivings I ended up falling in love with the characters. I’ll average my review into around a 3/5 stars, but I would say that while I absolutely loved the ending, this book is definitely not for those who don’t like slow-paced stories.
Good Points
Writing is beautiful and I really came to care for the characters.
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Shiver
(Updated: May 12, 2014)
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4.7
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5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
I really enjoyed this book! It was sweet and to the point. Sam and Grace are great characters, and I'm excited to read more into this series.

I really liked Jack and Isobel. Although, I could have done without Olivia and Rachel. They both annoyed me. I'm interested to see what happens with Olivia in the next book.

Grace's parents frustrated me to no end. To me, those aren't parents.

I love alternating POV's so I'm glad I got to read into both their minds. I liked getting lost in the world of Mercy Falls and seeing through Sam's wolf eyes.
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