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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

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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 sh ...more
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Published August 28th 2009 by Scholastic (first published August 1st 2009)
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Jan 13, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here's how I imagine Stiefvater's meeting with the publishing house.

Stiefvater: I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a vampire!
Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Twilight. It's terrible!
Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a zombie!
Publisher: Sorry, Maggie. That's been done before. Read Generation Dead. It's terrible!
Stiefvater: Oh. I want to write a book about a girl who falls in love with a werewolf!
Publisher: Bin
Kat Kennedy
Dec 04, 2013 Kat Kennedy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniacs... no, sorry, even then it's too cruel.
Recommended to Kat Kennedy by: The world. A very gender confused world.
I started reading this book and a curious thing happened. Suddenly my house was sparkling clean, my bills were filed away, I started playing Farm Story and reached level 13 in one day, I did my tax, I spent two hours chatting to the chatbott, Jabberwocky...Anything, and I mean ANYTHING to avoid the boredom of reading Shiver. Shiver, the story of a girl drastically into beastiality, only to find out her wolf lover was really a boy. As I read this book I had the strange urge to lock up my German s ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to the end so you don’t have to. Shiver should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning. I think all the purple prose has blacked out my eyes! Too bad the swelling didn’t prevent me from noticing the ginormous plot holes. And I need some aspirin because my head aches from clenching my jaw as I am certain all the sappy sweetness contained in this adverb infested book was injected straight into my molars. I am very much at a loss as to how this book has received so many glowing revie ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Twilight fans, especially those on Team Jacob
Recommended to Tatiana by: YA Book club pick
To sum it up, this book should have been called "Twilight: Team Jacob Version." Why? Well, while I understand that the author wrote her first draft of "Shiver" before "Twilight" came out, still, the similarities are striking. A boring girl whose only personality traits are obsessing about her supernatural boyfriend, doing homework and cooking dinner for her parents - check; an emo supernatural boyfriend whose life revolves around his human flame, who plays an instrument and writes songs for his ...more
Wendy Darling
Lovely, lyrical, and achingly sad. Shiver is more introspective than most YA books and is sometimes criticized for being too slow or wordy, but I found it to be beautifully written, tragic, and a gorgeous take on werewolf lore. Sam's desperate struggle to hold onto his humanity is incredibly poignant, and his heartrending relationship with Grace is deeply emotional and sweet. It's a book that makes me cry every time I read it.

Sam cupped my face in his hands and looked me in the eyes. His eyes we
Who is publishing these horribly written YA novels? Who? (every publisher, ever) And more importantly, why? (for tons of cash)

First off, I didn't finish this book. I couldn't finish this book. I couldn't get 1/4 of the way through, even though I have the audiobook. Actually not only is this book boring as hell but the audiobook was poorly cast (more on that later). This is another book I picked up because of the pretty cover. *kicking self, a lot*

I have to admit the premise sounded interesting
Feb 16, 2011 Cory rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots
Recommended to Cory by: No-one
Trolls: You are welcome to comment on my review. I won't delete your comments. Curse my name, curse my mother, I don't care. But please, don't forget to leave a comment. And make sure to send my review to all of your friends.

And the award for worst book of 2009 goes to: Shiver

What makes this book so bad, you may ask? Well, in layman's terms, I'm going to give a logical, detailed explanation as to why Shiver sucks--alliteration unintentional.

1. Grace

Grace has to be the worse heroine ever. Excuse
Miss Kim
Apr 21, 2011 Miss Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miss Kim by: YA PR fans
This is a different take on werewolves, and I really liked it. Grace and Sam first meet when she is eleven, and attacked by his pack of wolves. He was a wolf and for some reason he didn’t understand, he saved her and took her away from the attack. Grace has been fascinated by this yellowed eyed wolf ever since. Her backyard touches the forest, so she is able to observe the wolves all winter.

These wolves shapeshift based on the temperature changes of the seasons. During summer, they are human an
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
6.5 stars!

I don’t know how to review a book that took my breath away. Shiver left me with a feeling of complete satisfaction, joy spiced with sadness - as weird and paradoxical as that sounds. I’m so grateful to have read this book after all…

There aren’t many books on my 'books that changed me' shelf. In fact, there were only seven until today. But Shiver deserved its place, and now there are eight. What’s so special about it? I’ll try to be polite and refrain from gushing, but it won’t be easy
Dec 04, 2010 Sparrow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bertrice Small
The bestiality was definitely the most beautiful part of this story. It may seem obvious to you that such would be the case, but it was not obvious to me. I am not typically a fan of falling in love with dogs. There was truly something surreal and creepy about that part of this story that grabbed me, though. If only this had been a short story about one girl’s creepy obsession with wolves, I think I could have really liked it. It starts out with a ghostly beauty that is legitimately respectable. ...more
I probably should wait a little bit to write this review, but I can't! I guess I will start out with saying that this book drew me in from the moment I laid eyes upon it. The book cover is breathtaking. Even when I opened the first page of the book I was still taken back by how simple and beautiful it was. Yet, I can not judge a book just by its cover. I am not sure I can even find the words to describe how much I loved this book. It gave me an amazing feeling throughout the whole entire book. F ...more
Note: After rereading this review, I decided to make some changes. While I stand by my opinions, I was unhappy with some of the ways in which I chose to voice them. The language of this review has been edited, however, the opinions are unchanged.

I read Shiver because it was recommended to me by someone who wasn't impressed with Twilight and insisted this was better. Well, it's not, although I wouldn't go as far as to say it's worse. Mostly, I was bored to tears by the lack of a solid plot and su
Shiver is narrated by the alternating points of view of Sam and Grace, two unbelievably different people drawn together by the power of love and devotion. When Grace was little, she was attacked by a pack of wolves but miraculously survived due to a certain yellow-eyed wolf's protection. Now her growing fascination is fixated on the wolves of Mercy Falls.

Sam isn't a human for as long as he would like to be. When the temperature drops and winter arises, he painfully transforms into a wolf. Howeve
Kristen "Kirby"
Shiver I did not.

Oh, another alluring, romantic-sounding novel about the relationship of a school girl and the wolf that has always protected her. Sounds soo good to all us teen girls and older women who loved Twilight. And yet, the equation is this: Appealing storyline + a gorgeous, mysterious cover = disappointed reader.

To be frank, reading Shiver was like labor outside on a hot day, with beads of sweat stinging my eyes, and a strong urge to just give up and quit. I was oh-so bored, sufferin
When I made the decision to reread Shiver and its successor, Linger, in preparation for this trilogy's conclusion, Forever, I honestly got little butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it.
I originally read Shiver back in October of '09, and it hit me like nothing had before — and nothing has matched it since. Shiver mixes some of the sweetest, most realistic and heartwarming characters with a wonderfully chilly and melancholy atmosphere and it is written with stunningly lyrical prose. If
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**1.5 stars**

I'm just going to come right out and say it:

This book is emo bullshit.

I listened to 8 hours of this story on audiobook before DNFing this at 75%. That is 8 hours of my life that I will never get back.

I know I'm in the minority here. I'm accepting it. However, I just can't see why people are so enamored with this book. I'll get all of my frustration out now by explaining a few of my main issues with this book. **Some minor spoilers ahead**

1) The whole "I shift when it's cold" premi
May 01, 2016 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointed
“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.”

I tried...

I really had high hopes for Shiver.
This is the story of Grace and Sam,and how Sam tries to stay human for their love.
It was cute but there was nothing interesting about the topic. The book was kind of boring. I turned every page with hope of action but, nope...
I liked the characters. Grace was tolarable and Sam was cute. I adored the way Sam lov

Julie Kagawa
Aug 06, 2009 Julie Kagawa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up a copy of Shiver last night, sat down to read it, and did not get up until 2am, when I finished it. I went in expecting an eerie, bittersweet love story and that's exactly what I got. Shiver is told from alternating viewpoints, and you will easily fall in love with the characters of Grace and Sam. The writing is lyrical, the descriptions are breathtaking, and you can acutely feel the longing between the two teens, and their desperate struggle to keep Sam from changing. The ending was p ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Oh, my. What a book. I am going to flub writing this review very badly, I think. I just plain loved this book. This book is so gorgeous in the writing, and like poetry, but more readable than poetry, because it's prose.

Do you like reading about soulmates? Then you will like this book. Sam and Grace are soulmates. It doesn't matter that Sam is a werewolf, and that Grace is a human girl. They connected years ago, and that connection bloomed over time. You see the pure, powerful love between them,
*To everyone who finds this novel lovely: your opinion is respected here as long as you are respectful. That should go without saying.*

Once upon a time, in a golden wood disguised as a beige and brown apartment complex in the snowy fortress of Rochester, New York, a girl on the brink of her 21st year by the code name Ghirardelli decided that diving into the mind of another author was a good idea. A very good idea. A hopefully life-changing dream that would propel her to drive her own mind’s work
Jul 29, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forget everything you thought you knew about werewolves.

Forget the full moon and silver bullets. Maggie Stiefvater's werewolves are different from any you've seen before. After being bitten, a werewolf changes erratically for a while, then settles into a seasonal cycle. Cold weather brings on a change to wolf form; warm weather returns the werewolf to human form. However, this cycle doesn't last forever. As the years pass, it takes more and more heat to trigger the change back to human, until on
♡♥Ang ♥♡
Shiver is AMAZING!!!

I brought this book at least 4 months or more ago and it just sat on my book shelve...Until i picked it up 2 days ago and then i couldn't put it down!!

This has to be the best Y/A book i have read in ages,from the first page i was sucked into their wonderful story.

Grace and Sam are AWESOME!!
Their story told by both of them was perfect,i am so in love with Sam he was so Sweet,Caring and Sexy but i felt like he was real and i was right there with in the story... Grace is well G
Emily May
Aug 03, 2014 Emily May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, young-adult
I can sum this book up in one sentence: Beautiful writing that cannot make up for the Twilight-esque depiction of creepy love interest and boring main character.

I would, however, happily try out some of the author's other work and I just hope it doesn't focus so heavily on obsessive emo teen love.

Apr 02, 2016 Laz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that's a dnf, which stands for "did not finish". I'm sorry but I just couldn't finish this no matter how hard I tried to go through with it, I just kept yawning like there was no tomorrow. This book is booooooring, nothing happens. The plot seemed unoriginal, and I'm not a huge fan of werewolves.. If it were possible to die of boredom, my funeral would have taken place days ago..

I hated the insta-love thing, I am not a fan of those either. And I'm not a fan of idle storylines.. I don't un
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
I had a lot of trouble reading this book. The start was so slow to get through and I just didn't enjoy it. Nothing happened until the end and even then it wasn't anything exciting.
I am normally compelled to finish a book, and I had to force myself to finish it - it wasn't so bad that I just couldn't continue altogether, but it was a struggle.
Tessa Gratton
Mar 28, 2009 Tessa Gratton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SHIVER is one of those books I thought about for a long time after finishing it. Not only for the emotional journey, but for the writing itself, which was haunting and lovely, with occasional bursts of quirky. My favorite kind!

Grace and Sam have known each other for years, but haven't exactly had a relationship, since Sam spends his winters as a wolf. When circumstances finally bring them together as two teenaged human beings, their love is simultaneously as passionately epic as you'd find in El
Aug 23, 2013 Kiki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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DNF at page 102. I thought I was gonna get through it, but ultimately I just wasn't into it. It's amazing to see how much Maggie Stiefvater's writing has improved. That's not to say the writing isn't beautiful in this because it is, however, the writing in The Raven Cycle is out of this world lyrical and beautiful.
Tamora Pierce
Jun 15, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
A splendid werewolf/human romance with some heartbreaking turns from a writer I am coming to love. This one comes out in August from Scholastic!
H.D. Tolson
Shiver, what a complicated relationship you and I have. It's quite funny, I've actually tried to read you twice. In 5th grade, three years ago, I picked up your pretty hardcover self and was all excited about this wolf novel that sounded amazing. I opened you up and read 70 pages. I found myself increasingly confused and bored. What were all these odd comparisons? Why won't anything happen? Let's get the plot moving people! I'm bored!

Finally, my little brain shut down and I sold the book. I for
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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