Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Review: "Shiver"

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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I adored this book. There are wolves in the Boundary Woods behind teenager Grace's house in northern Minnesota. Six years before the events in "Shiver", she was attacked and bitten by these wolves while sitting on the tire swing in her back yard. She was saved by a strange yellow-eyed wolf who she has come to think of as "her" wolf. At night, in winter time, she can pick out his sad beautiful howls from those of the rest of the pack.

These wolves are different from ordinary wolves, though. For one thing, they are strangely absent in the summer. Then there is their eyes...so human. When a boy from Grace's high school is attacked and killed by two wolves, some strange things begin happening. First, the boy simply disappears from the morgue. Then, when some local men go into the woods with rifles to "do something about the wolves", by the time Grace stops them by telling them her friend is out walking in those woods, shots have already been fired. Grace arrives home to find a yellow-eyed young man lying wounded on her back porch. With him, comes a once-in-a-lifetime love, and a battle to hold on to it.

"Shiver" is very romantic, and Stiefvater makes the whole magical story ring true. This novel is intended for a young adult readership, but I think that anyone with an ounce of heart would love it. "Shiver" is the first of a trilogy which includes "Linger" and "Forever". I can't wait to read the next one.



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9 comments:

Shawna said...

Yay! I'm thrilled that you liked it so much. :) What an excellent review! It perfectly introduces the story without giving away too much. At the rate I'm going now, you'll probably finish Linger before I do. :)

Sioux said...

This is not the sort of book I usually read, but you DO make it sound appealing, Shay.

HermanTurnip said...

"Young adult", huh? So was The Hunger Games, but damn it if I didn't thoroughly enjoy the entire series...

Mama Zen said...

I bet I would love this!

hedgewitch said...

I'm all for love among the lycanthropes. It sounds delightful.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I've been curious to know what this book is about - sounds like something I could read.

Grandmother said...

I'm a young adult book lover from way back and I'll check this out- thanks for a great review.

Daryl said...

oh i want more

also can highly recommend Angel Fall its a first in a series .. by Susan Ee

Sara said...

You made me want to read this book and I'm not a big fan of YA books. I have a friend who writes them, however, and you've given me a great idea for a Christmas gift. Thanks:~)