Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Review #394 - Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
My Rating: 4/5
After reading the first two books in The Raven Cycle series and loving Maggie Stiefvater's writing style I thought I would finally read her more popular series which has been on my bookshelf unread for a while.
I loved the writing so much more in this series. It was very poetic but very descriptive and atmospheric as well. This was definitely the highlight of the book for me.
I liked both Grace and Sam instantly but didn't feel the connection between them until late in the book. For a romance driven novel, I found it surprising this didn't bother me that much.
Sam seemed more developed than Grace as a character. I think this was because of the amount of back story of his that was provided. Plus he had the whole wolf side of him.
There were numerous other characters that were well developed such as Isabel, Olivia, Jack and Beck. Olivia is the character that I am most interested in with regards to her character and story development.
The wolf mythology is completely different to anything I have ever read with the wolves change dependant on the temperature.
The way this book ended, I am very eager to read Linger and Forever as soon as possible.

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