Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
Start Date: May 26, 2017
End Date: May 29, 2017
Firstly, I want to mention that I love Maggie Stiefvater’s work with all my heart and soul. I have read only one of her other series – The Raven Cycle – and fell in love with it. So I decided to give the first book of this series a try. Although I did not find it as wonderful as TRC, it was still a good read and something I would recommend to paranormal, romance lovers. However, I have only read Shiver so I don’t know what to say for the series as a whole. Back to the main review.
Shiver is the first novel in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. It follows the life of seventeen year old Grace who, as a child, was bitten by werewolves but never shifted like she should have. Instead, she lived a normal, human life – well, as normal as it can get with her parents constantly neglecting her.
Every night Grace would walk out onto her back porch to watch one particular yellow-eyed wolf, feeling a connection towards him. Until one day, the murder of a known local citizen, Jack Culpeper, causes a wild wolf hunt to occur and for this yellow-eyed wold to turn into the boy Grace always thought he was.
The one thing that I loved most about this book is the connection between the two protagonists, Grace Brisbane and Sam Roth, before the real story begins. Their connection lead the book to become fast paced the way I liked it and it allowed the plot to immediately begin since there didn’t need to be too much building between the characters. To talk about each character:
- Grace Brisbane. I loved her independence and ability to hold herself. She didn’t stress out or panic in any way when something happens but instead took the situation into her own hands. Her character development was also well written as she went from, you could say, slightly timid to quite brave.
- Sam Roth. From the moment he entered the plot, I loved him. His trust in Grace, his timid personality, everything. I found him so adorable and different compared to other characters in paranormal romances.
- Isabel Culpeper. She is, hands down, my favorite character of the whole novel. Everyone, at first glance, would look at her as the “mean girl” but I loved her insistence, confidence, and sassiness in everything she does. My love for her grew as she slowly became Grace and Sam’s good friend – with her sassiness still there of course.
It was easy for me to get directly into the plot, although at some points it did miss some flourish. The book is a paranormal romance so it was bound to have a similar plot like any other. But I did enjoy it overall as Stiefvater added a twist to the werewolf mechanism unlike in usual werewolf novels. In Shiver, werewolves only shifted into their human form during the summer due to the hot weather. Once it was cold, they shifted back into a werewolf – the human completely incapable of controlling the shift. They communicate through sending images and they each have a distinct characteristic that connects them to their human – their eyes.
What made me give Shiver a 3.5 star overall for me was because of the lack of action. I mean, there was a climax in the book that got me reading on the edge of my chair but the lead up to it was lacking. At some points I thought there could be something added into the mix to make it a bit more exciting.
I do, however, love Maggie Stiefvate’s poetic writing. The words flowed so easily, the forest, the town was built through intricate words and through an easy flow.
Overall, Shiver was an enjoyable read even thought it lacked some flourish here and there. I will definitely be reading the next book!