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Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review: Shiver

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

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Publication: 2009
Format: Paperback, 392 pages

I wanted to read this book when I saw it in the book store! I absolutely love the cover. I was fascinated with simple and attractive cover, and I love wolves!

Grace was attacked by a pack of wolves when she was small. Sam, as a wolf, took her away from the attack to save her. Ever since the attack, Grace was attracted to this wolf with yellow eyes or Sam. It was when Jack died when the people in Mercy Falls started to hunt for the wolves. It was then when Grace found Sam at her house, as a human.

Shiver was written in Grace and Sam’s point of view. Now, I have read a few books with alternating point of view, but I found that Grace and Sam’s are a bit confusing because it didn’t alternate between every chapter. It was all over the place, and messy.

In the beginning, Shiver was written in a bit of poetic, lyrical way when Sam was a wolf. But the writing style isn’t as lyrical when Sam turned human annoys me. 

I love the idea of Grace, falling in love with Sam, as a wolf, without knowing that he is a human. I think it was beautiful. But the story is mostly about the love story between Grace and Sam (as a human), and how Sam wanted to stay human. I was looking forward to see more suspense, actually. So, I was a bit disappointed when there weren’t much of them.

Book Cover’s Description
the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

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