Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Young Adult
Length: 392 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Description (from back of book): the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn’t know why.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace…until now.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it’s spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.
So, before I began reading this book, I had extremely high expectations. I watched many reviews on it, and all the ones I had seen, at the time, were excellent, so I thought I should give it a try. Especially because it seemed like a different type of book dealing with wolves that change at times other than when there is a full moon, instead changing with temperature. So I began to read the book, and it was a little slow the first few chapters, but I thought, “Oh, there’s 67 chapters, it’ll get better!” Sadly, I was very wrong. The time it took for the book to progress felt like it was months. I mean, something about how Grace fell in love with Sam when she barely new him was just a bit odd, and the characters, such as Sam, were just a little TOO perfect! Now, I liked the concept of the book, but because the book pace was so slow, it just turned reading the novel into more of a chore than a enjoyable time. Now I have heard tons of fabulous reviews on Shiver, and some not so good ones. I am assuming that the people that loved Shiver were the people that don’t mind books with a slow pace. I, for one, like many other probably, need a fast-paced book that will keep me wanting to turn onto the next page! Don’t get me wrong – I liked the concept, and yes, if there was more action and suspense, I probably would have liked a lot more. And I know tons of people like the book, and who can blame them It’s a nice read! I am just not into slower books. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing in this book was very impressive, and I found it very neat and interesting how she told the book from both Sam, and Grace’s point of view. All in all, the book was a nice read, but I was not too much a fan of the characters, pace, and plot development. I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars, only because of the pace of the book. If you like slower reads, go for it, this book was good! Just too slow for my likings. Now, on a side note, the neatest thing about this book was the fact that the cover is blue, and the writing inside, is, wait for it…..BLUE!!! And the next book is green, and the writing is green, and so on! That is so neat! So I am going to end up reading the next book, Linger, and probably Forever as well, just because I don’t like to start a series and not find out how it ends. I was satisfied with the ending of Shiver though, so I’m okay to not read Linger until I come across it. Good plot, good writing, but slow pace! If you come across the book, pick it up, it’s cute!