BOOK REVIEW: Shiver {The Wolves of Mercy Falls, # 1} by Maggie Stiefvater

”Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture.”

Seventeen-year-old Grace Brisbane’s life has never been the same since the wolves. Though she has never taken a place that she feels she rightfully deserves alongside them, she has been unable to remove her focus from their presence. Especially one wolf, her wolf. A yellow-eyed creature who saved her during a backyard attack as a child, and who has remained a constant in her life ever since. From afar, at least.

Then there’s Sam Roth. A boy who has lived two lives for as long as he can remember: a winter life and a summer life. In the winter, he runs with the wolves, watching his girl from afar with his piercing yellow eyes. In the summer months he runs free as a human – writing his songs, working at a bookshop, and soaking up the warmth that keeps him on two legs.

This year, things are different. Grace meets a boy with yellow eyes, a boy she knows is her wolf in human form; and Sam, human Sam, allows himself to get close to the girl he has always thought of as his from afar. The two, it seems, are fated to be together; but winter is coming, the temperature is dropping steadily, and keeping Sam warm enough to maintain his human form is becoming increasingly more difficult. It will take a miracle to stop Sam from being taken by his wolf form; but Grace and Sam are counting on that very thing.

Just as the wolves call to Grace, this book calls to me every. single. winter. And for good reason. Shiver was made for more than one read. It is a book comprised of characters who feel like home - from the practical Grace to the mesmerizing Sam, and even the irritating meets irresistible Isabel Culpepper. These characters, and Mercy Falls as a whole, welcome you with open arms and wrap you in warmth as you reacquaint yourself with the people, the wolves, and the charm of it all.

Though Shiver is forever compared to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight {if you were Team Jacob}, Shiver, while harboring a love at first sight romance is, IMO, vastly different from Twilight, so don’t let the comparison chase you off. Each are very intriguing tales in their own right – as such they both deserve a chance. Shiver, however, stays more prevalent in my heart because…wolves, obviously. Pick this one up on a cold winter’s day - it will warm you up in minutes.

Star Rating: *****



ellie said...

Great review! a perfect time to read it too!

Caitlin'nMegan said...

Love this. I love stories about the "wolfish" male leads!

Gus'nAustin said...

Such a great review! Love it!

Ananka said...

Worth a read for sure :-D

Ivy's Closet said...

So happy you reviewed this book!

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