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

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

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...

Details Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

TitleShiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2009
PublisherScholastic Press
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Shapeshifters, Werewolves

Reviews Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

  • Kat Kennedy
    I started reading this book and a curious thing happened. Suddenly my house was sparkling clean, my bills were filed away, I started playing Farm Story and reached level 13 in one day, I did my tax, I spent two hours chatting to the chatbott, Jabberwocky...Anything, and I mean ANYTHING to avoid the boredom of reading Shiver. Shiver, the story of a girl drastically into beastiality, only to find out her wolf lover was really a boy. As I read this ...
  • Joe
    Here's how I imagine Stiefvater's meeting with the publishing house.Stiefvater: I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a vampire!Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Twilight. It's terrible!Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a zombie!Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Generation Dead. It's terrible!Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a gir...
  • Heather
    I read this book to the end so you don’t have to. Shiver should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning. I think all the purple prose has blacked out my eyes! Too bad the swelling didn’t prevent me from noticing the ginormous plot holes. And I need some aspirin because my head aches from clenching my jaw as I am certain all the sappy sweetness contained in this adverb infested book was injected straight into my molars. I am very much at a los...
  • Tatiana
    To sum it up, this book should have been called "Twilight: Team Jacob Version." Why? Well, while I understand that the author wrote her first draft of "Shiver" before "Twilight" came out, still, the similarities are striking. A boring girl whose only personality traits are obsessing about her supernatural boyfriend, doing homework and cooking dinner for her parents - check; an emo supernatural boyfriend whose life revolves around his human flame,...
  • Wendy Darling
    Lovely, lyrical, and achingly sad. Shiver is more introspective than most YA books and is sometimes criticized for being too slow or wordy, but I found it to be beautifully written, tragic, and a gorgeous take on werewolf lore. Sam's desperate struggle to hold onto his humanity is incredibly poignant, and his heartrending relationship with Grace is deeply emotional and sweet. It's a book that makes me cry every time I read it.Sam cupped my face i...
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    ”I saw it. I saw her, in a way I’d never seen anything before.And I stopped it.I really liked this one, I really did and considering the many negative reviews I read I can’t help but wonder if I’m truly that easy to please. *lol* I guess the answer is “yes” because I definitely would read every single book Maggie ever wrote and if possible I’d even read her grocery list! I just love her writing style, the way she always manages to c...
  • Miranda Reads
    3.5 Stars To summarize: Boy loves girl. Girl loves wolf. Possible bestiality (new edgy YA twist?)Wolf is actually boy who loves girl.Wolf turns into boy. Girl loves boy. Kisses. Many kisses. I stood on my toes and stole a soft kiss from his lips. "Surprise attack," I said.Sam leaned down and kissed me back, his mouth lingering on mine, teeth grazing my lower lip, making me shiver. "Surprise attack back.""Sneaky," I said, my voice breathier than I...
  • Penny
    Who is publishing these horribly written YA novels? Who? (every publisher, ever) And more importantly, why? (for tons of cash) First off, I didn't finish this book. I couldn't finish this book. I couldn't get 1/4 of the way through, even though I have the audiobook. Actually not only is this book boring as hell but the audiobook was poorly cast (more on that later). This is another book I picked up because of the pretty cover. *kicking self, a lo...
  • Cory
    Trolls: You are welcome to comment on my review. I won't delete your comments. Curse my name, curse my mother, I don't care. But please, don't forget to leave a comment. And make sure to send my review to all of your friends.And the award for worst book of 2009 goes to: ShiverWhat makes this book so bad, you may ask? Well, in layman's terms, I'm going to give a logical, detailed explanation as to why Shiver sucks--alliteration unintentional.1. Gr...
  • C.G. Drews
    READ #3 || 2018So I hadn't read this in...woah, 4 years?! Which means my sieve-brain and I remembered next to nothing. I didn't even remember how Sam and Grace finally met (THERE WAS BLOOD. SO ROMANTIC) and overall reading this was just like coming home to a really warm and cosy chair with soft blankets and the warmest hot chocolate and I just...I have so many feelings. I absolutely love ALL Stiefvater books and every time I reread I remember why...
  • jessica
    that fact that you guys (aka my GR friends) have given this book a collective average rating of 2.98 made me believe i was in for a pretty disappointing experience. so it feels strange to be on the other side of a minority opinion - to enjoy a book most seem to not like - as its usually the other way around. although this isnt a perfect book by any means, i honestly think its entertaining enough. if you dont read too much into it (that a girl fal...
  • Miss Kim
    This is a different take on werewolves, and I really liked it. Grace and Sam first meet when she is eleven, and attacked by his pack of wolves. He was a wolf and for some reason he didn’t understand, he saved her and took her away from the attack. Grace has been fascinated by this yellowed eyed wolf ever since. Her backyard touches the forest, so she is able to observe the wolves all winter. These wolves shapeshift based on the temperature chan...
  • Emily May
    I can sum this book up in one sentence: Beautiful writing that cannot make up for the Twilight-esque depiction of creepy love interest and boring main character.I would, however, happily try out some of the author's other work and I just hope it doesn't focus so heavily on obsessive emo teen love.
  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    6.5 stars!I don’t know how to review a book that took my breath away. Shiver left me with a feeling of complete satisfaction, joy spiced with sadness - as weird and paradoxical as that sounds. I’m so grateful to have read this book after all… There aren’t many books on my 'books that changed me' shelf. In fact, there were only seven until today. But Shiver deserved its place, and now there are eight. What’s so special about it? I’ll t...
  • Melanie
    I probably should wait a little bit to write this review, but I can't! I guess I will start out with saying that this book drew me in from the moment I laid eyes upon it. The book cover is breathtaking. Even when I opened the first page of the book I was still taken back by how simple and beautiful it was. Yet, I can not judge a book just by its cover. I am not sure I can even find the words to describe how much I loved this book. It gave me an a...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I love this book as much now as I did back in the day! And I still want to be a werewolf 😉🐺Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Meredith Holley
    The bestiality was definitely the most beautiful part of this story. It may seem obvious to you that such would be the case, but it was not obvious to me. I am not typically a fan of falling in love with dogs. There was truly something surreal and creepy about that part of this story that grabbed me, though. If only this had been a short story about one girl’s creepy obsession with wolves, I think I could have really liked it. It starts out wit...
  • Lisa
    Note: After rereading this review, I decided to make some changes. While I stand by my opinions, I was unhappy with some of the ways in which I chose to voice them. The language of this review has been edited, however, the opinions are unchanged.I read Shiver because it was recommended to me by someone who wasn't impressed with Twilight and insisted this was better. Well, it's not, although I wouldn't go as far as to say it's worse. Mostly, I was...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    **1.5 stars** I'm just going to come right out and say it:This book is emo bullshit. I listened to 8 hours of this story on audiobook before DNFing this at 75%. That is 8 hours of my life that I will never get back.I know I'm in the minority here. I'm accepting it. However, I just can't see why people are so enamored with this book. I'll get all of my frustration out now by explaining a few of my main issues with this book. **Some minor spoilers ...
  • Jeff
    So the story goes with Grace, a simple girl, who is protected by wolves that hang out around the woods near her backyard.First of all: you have wolves near your house? YOU BETTER RUN I don't know what kind of idea the author's trying to pull but trying to create a bold main character by saying she ain't afraid of wolves is pretty darn unimpressive to me.See, the normal human wouldn't stay at a house like that, much less live there.Unafraid. By a...
  • Fuzaila
    Someone please tell me The Raven Boys is nothing like this book. Or else Stiefvater and I are done.When you pick up your first book by an insanely popular author, you naturally have some expectations. Or at least expect a good story. But this was bizarre and so Twilight-esque, I could hardly try convincing myself that it would end better.The only redeemable quality was the writing. And the only reason I picked up this book in the first place was ...
  • Kai
    “The world needs more love at first sight.”When I first read this (years and years ago) I totally fell in love with Maggie Stiefvater. I don't know what did it for me, but this just made me feel good. It's a perfect snuggle-up-on-a-rainy-autumn-day book.The plot wasn't overly exciting, but I think it was the writing and the characters that I enjoyed (especially Isabel).This series is so completely different from The Raven Boys . You can clear...
  • Thomas
    Shiver is narrated by the alternating points of view of Sam and Grace, two unbelievably different people drawn together by the power of love and devotion. When Grace was little, she was attacked by a pack of wolves but miraculously survived due to a certain yellow-eyed wolf's protection. Now her growing fascination is fixated on the wolves of Mercy Falls.Sam isn't a human for as long as he would like to be. When the temperature drops and winter a...
  • megs_bookrack
    **3.5-stars**Ahhhh, young love. Isn't it grand? You know the story, the tale as old as time:Girl meets wolf. Wolf and girl fall in love. Angsty things happen.Wait, is that not how the story usually goes?In Shiver, we follow two perspectives, Grace, a girl low-key obsessed with the wolves in the woods behind her house, and Sam, a werewolf. Sam has golden eyes and beautiful fur that Grace is instantly drawn too**3.5-stars**Ahhhh, yo...
  • Lora
    When I made the decision to reread Shiver and its successor, Linger, in preparation for this trilogy's conclusion, Forever, I honestly got little butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. I originally read Shiver back in October of '09, and it hit me like nothing had before — and nothing has matched it since. Shiver mixes some of the sweetest, most realistic and heartwarming characters with a wonderfully chilly and melancholy atmosphere...
  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestThere's an old joke about TWILIGHT that you've probably heard: that it's the story of a teenage girl's struggle between necrophilia and bestiality, hurr hurr hurr. Well, here in TWILIGHT: Team Jacob Edition - *cough* - I mean, SHIVER, Maggie Stiefvater takes that a step further by writing about a girl named Grace who has romantic feelings for the wolf in her backyard. And when I say "wolf," t...
  • Kristen
    Shiver I did not. Oh, another alluring, romantic-sounding novel about the relationship of a school girl and the wolf that has always protected her. Sounds soo good to all us teen girls and older women who loved Twilight. And yet, the equation is this: Appealing storyline + a gorgeous, mysterious cover = disappointed reader. To be frank, reading Shiver was like labor outside on a hot day, with beads of sweat stinging my eyes, and a strong urge to ...
  • Julie Kagawa
    Picked up a copy of Shiver last night, sat down to read it, and did not get up until 2am, when I finished it. I went in expecting an eerie, bittersweet love story and that's exactly what I got. Shiver is told from alternating viewpoints, and you will easily fall in love with the characters of Grace and Sam. The writing is lyrical, the descriptions are breathtaking, and you can acutely feel the longing between the two teens, and their desperate st...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    Oh, my. What a book. I am going to flub writing this review very badly, I think. I just plain loved this book. This book is so gorgeous in the writing, and like poetry, but more readable than poetry, because it's prose.Do you like reading about soulmates? Then you will like this book. Sam and Grace are soulmates. It doesn't matter that Sam is a werewolf, and that Grace is a human girl. They connected years ago, and that connection bloomed over ti...
  • Lara
    “What do you eat?""Baby bunnies." She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, "Adult bunnies, too. I'm an equal-opportunity bunny-eater.” I tried...I really had high hopes for Shiver.This is the story of Grace and Sam,and how Sam tries to stay human for their love.It was cute but there was nothing interesting about the topic. The book was kind of boring. I turned every page with hope of action but, nope... I liked the characters. Grace was...