Shiver ( The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: YA paranormal romance
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.
What a good book!
I decided to read it because almost everyone in my GR friend's list has read it and loved it. So I said: 'Why not?' I wanted to know if it was thaaaaaat good...
The story line is compelling, simple but captivating. The writing is awesome and smooth.
Typically, when everything is so simple it puts me off, but not here. Yes. I admit the beginning was slow and it took me longer than usual to get through it but at some point, I don't know exactly how or when, I was sucked in the story. The whole book is good but the second half is outstanding.
The characters are lovable and well developed. I felt this all the time and not only because the story is told from different perspectives. No. You can feel the connection between Grace and Sam. Even when Sam is a wolf.
Honestly that may sound weird and it's a bit creepy if you think about it rationally but it works, and you do perceive what's growing inside them. And the truth is, that it is a beautiful and innocent feeling.
Another thing I really liked is that the author achieved depth in every character and not only in the main ones: Grace, Sam, Olivia, Beck, Jack, Shelby and my personal favorite, Isabel.
Also, a positive thing to highlight is that the plot is somehow different, the take on werewolves is unique. Who doesn't like a bit of originality?
I know this is one of my first werewolves books (I mean purely about werewolves) but I have to say that it changed my mind about them.
It is by no means perfect but it is a very good book that made me want to continue the series.
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And for those who love to know a bit about their favorite authors, here you can watch a hilarious interview that Maggie did for Goodreads.
She is super funny and now that I think of it... chuckle is an awful word indeed! Lol. I'm with you in that one Maggie!