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

Title: Shiver
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Laura’s rating: 3.5 stars
Daniela’s rating: 3 stars

 

 


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.

Mercy Falls is our fictional town for this book, situated near the Canadian border, with houses that are back to back with the woods, and guess what’s out there? Werewolves.

The story center’s about Grace, a teenager that was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was little, but ultimately saved by one of them, a very intense yellow-eyed wolf (wink wink). She now is OBSSESED with the wolves that run around the woods behind her house.

Next in line is Sam, yellow eyed cutie (you see where this is going now?) he is the embodiment of teenage angst, honest I wanted to swoon and love him, but I just couldn’t do it. He has a really dark past that doesn’t let him grab his future by the reigns; he’s just there most of the time making up songs that come out friggin’ nowhere, I mean don’t get me wrong they were cute, but I could’ve lived without them.

But he does have a good sense of humor

“What do you eat?”
“Baby bunnies.” She narrowed her eyes, so I grinned and said, “Adult bunnies, too. I’m an equal-opportunity bunny-eater.”

So boy meets girl and they begin to investigate the death? of Jack, one of her classmates, which brings me to my favorite character in the whole series Isabel Culpeper, Jack’s sister. Dear god she is cunning and harsh. I love her. Her character is a breath of fresh air from all the monotony that sometimes takes over the book.

There’s a big question mark in the story-line, and that is Sam. Werewolves only get a certain amount of years before they become wolves all the time.This is Sam’s last summer as a human, when the temperature drops he becomes a wolf, and when it rises he changes to human form.

I have read some reviews about this book and its either love or hate. I’m in the middle. I want to know how the story will end. I want to know what happens to Sam, is he going to be a wolf forever? Is he going to get cured forever? Are they going to have a little wolf baby? Are Grace’s parents gonna actually act like parents?

There’s only one way to find out.


Daniela’s review

Well. Here goes nothing.

I’ve read so many good things about this book. I’ve seen a good amount of good reviews on this story and I was so disappointed I couldn’t join the hype. I’ve always wondered about this series since I loved The Raven Cycle so damn much. I’ve seen it around and Laura and I wanted to give it a chance, see what it was about and stuff.

Turns out, The Raven Cycle keeps being our favourite.

The story itself is not bad, it’s interesting and there are enough secrets to keep you reading, but still, it didn’t feel like the book was such an epic story. I liked it, I just didn’t love it and I found myself getting bored at times, especially at the beginning.

We have a girl, Grace, who was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was a kid and then was saved by one of those wolves. After that, she was fixed on these beautiful and dangerous creatures, especially with one particular yellow-eyed wolf that came around more often than not. She loved him, even though he was an animal. But was he? Grace’s independence was something I enjoyed. She clearly doesn’t need anyone’s help, especially from her parents, who are complete shits, if you ask me.

Sam is a boy who’s had a pretty rough life. Bitten when he was a kid and being rejected by his own parents in the worst possible way, Sam’s had to split his life in two, one when he can be himself, just Sam, and the other one in which he’s eaten by the cold weather and gets lost in between the fur and paws and snow. Fortunately, he managed to find a family, one that accepted him and his changes, one that changed with him. One that wasn’t afraid of him. I liked Sam, but there was something about him that made him a bit boring at times and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about those lyrics. Out of context they sound good, cute and like something I would like. But when I read it as part of the story, they felt kind of weird and out of nowhere. He is cute and I would love to see those eyes in person, but I don’t know, I just didn’t love him, I didn’t feel those butterflies or the need to go back to his story.

Like I said, I’ve read a bunch of good reviews about this series. I’ve been told that the last two books are the best of the series but I have to admit, this one didn’t necessarily meet my expectations. I enjoyed the last 30% a bit more than the rest of the book, because it picked up and got a bit more exciting, but still it was lacking something. We started getting a few answers, but still there were a lot of things left unsaid, which I guess get answered on the next books. I just wished I’d liked it more.

I do want to know what happens with these characters, with Sam and Grace, with Isabel and Olivia, and with Grace’s parents, because seriously, what the fuck is wrong with them? They can’t just be this oblivious to everything *facepalm*.

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