Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: August 4th 2011
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 first novel by Stiefvater was THE SCORPIO RACES, which I fell in love with. Next was The Raven Cycle series, which I also adored. I figured it was about time to go back and read Stiefvater’s earlier hit series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, especially since I heard so many great things about it. However, I found SHIVER just…average.
SHIVER has been compared to Twilight and while I feel like that is a little unfair, I couldn’t stop myself from making the same comparisons. The underlying concept is the same, the drama is the same, and they both rely on the same tropes. And the angst. So much angst.
The story itself just feels somewhat juvenile, the writing simplistic and the characters a little bland. You can tell how much Stiefvater’s writing has changed, and it was interesting to see that growth. There just wasn’t much going on, and I didn’t think the characters were strong enough to carry the entire plot.
“Hope hurt more than the cold.”
Speaking of the characters, I also have to mention the romance. It was a little too insta-love for me, and yes, I know that there is reasoning behind it but only after a few days the heroine was already asking herself how she was going to live without him in her life. While in bed with him. Again, after a few days. Which of course was okay because this book also has Disappearing Parents.
The ending of SHIVER felt a little rushed, and of course, everything magically works out. Wrapped up in a neat little bow. I do have to admit this was kind of nice because it allows for closure if you didn’t want to continue with the series, something I am still conflicted about.
“I’d found heaven and grabbed it as tightly as I could, but it was unraveling,
an insubstantial thread sliding between my fingers, too fine to hold.”