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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:
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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.


  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!

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

  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

    1. I might have to read this lmao

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