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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Review: Shiver

Reviewer: Drea
Title: Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0545123267
Release Date: August 1st 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Mild
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Mild
Maggie's Website: http://maggiestiefvater.com/
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Years ago wolves dragged young Grace off her tire swing into the woods, nearly killing her until one yellow-eyed wolf put a stop to it. The yellow-eyed wolf has watched from the woods behind her house ever since. Years later an animal attack incites a hunting party. Terrified for her wolf, Grace tries to stop it and nearly fails. But a nude boy with yellow eyes and a gunshot wound appears on her porch.

This story featured clean, often lyrical writing. The main characters were identifiable. And the author put a unique twist on werewolf lore. I found myself crying at the end of this sweet love story. I rarely give out five stars but this one earned it--even with a male lead described as "fragile". That said, I'm hesitant to pick up the other books in the trilogy because this one ended so perfectly.




5 comments:

  1. I'm in the minority with this book. I really, really disliked it. I thought it was very formulaic, and I felt that the series should have finished with book one, unfortunately. I'm a huge fan of Maggie's writing though, and if you like her work, you should definitely try LAMENT and BALLAD :)

    Great review!

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    1. It was the writing that got me so I'll definitely add those to my TBR pile. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  2. Oooh! I love this series! It's over the top drama compared to other YA books but I saw this interview Maggie did and it was really intentional. She said she wanted to ruin her readers' nights by writing something really heartbreaking. The bitch! LOL

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    1. I might have to read this lmao

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    2. Wow, really? lol
      It was definitely tense there for a while but I wouldn't have called it heartbreaking.

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