Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
(Wolves of Mercy Falls)

77%

35 Critic Reviews

I love this book and there's a lot more to this story than meets the eye. The characters are quirky and memorable, the plot is genius and there's a twist on every page.
-Guardian

Synopsis

From a dazzlingly talented young writer, a haunting and original supernatural romance in the vein of TWILIGHT.

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.
 

About Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater is the author of the bestselling Shiver Trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever) and Raven Cycle Series: The Raven Boys (The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves). She is also the author of a book in the Spirit Animals Series (Hunted). Maggie attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. She is also an artist, equestrian, musician, and technical editor. She enjoys writing full time from her home in Virginia.
 
Published August 1, 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 402 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 35 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 7

Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Sapphirebooklover on Oct 22 2012

I love this book and there's a lot more to this story than meets the eye. The characters are quirky and memorable, the plot is genius and there's a twist on every page.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Bookworm 55 on Dec 30 2011

I would recommend this book for girls aged 12+ but I think the odd boy would probably like this book. This is not like Twilight! It is its own original book and I loved watching the plot unfold and Sam and Grace's desperate attempt to stay together.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Courtney Webb on May 01 2014

Readers will be captivated by Stiefvater’s ability to make werewolves believable and love possible in Shiver. She has created characters that leap off the page. Overall, a satisfying read for lovers of paranormal and those simply in search of a good book.

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Dear Author

Above average
Reviewed by Jia on Sep 18 2009

It simply lacked the visceral undercurrent that ran throughout Blood and Chocolate. I do think this novel has a lot to offer potential readers but I also think people who tend to focus on the specific details might find themselves a bit dissatisfied.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jeni Williams on May 24 2011

With SHIVER, Stiefvater has crafted a jewel of a story, one that will leave the reader breathless at its end–and in awe of the way in which Stiefvater uses words to capture an emotion or set a scene.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Mechele R. Dillard on Aug 31 2010

Maggie Stiefvater is a gifted storyteller, and wraps much more into this tale than her literal words convey. Ups, downs, joys, despairs and everything in between are illustrated in the personalities of the characters, the changing of the wolves, and the inability of any of them to control what is happening around them.

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Teen Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Norah Piehl on Aug 01 2009

...SHIVER offers readers just the right tone of resolution to a suspenseful, romantic fantasy --- one that audiences may just read in one sitting, as it’s just the kind of perfect beach book to be consumed on those lazy late-summer days we all cling to before the chill of autumn sets in.

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Alma A. Hromic on Apr 08 2015

It's still a great book, a fantastic read, but not succumbing to the lure of the happily-ever-after would have made it, in my own opinion, much more memorable and a far stronger work.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Aug 01 2009

Compared to other paranormal romances like the Twilight saga, this novel stands out in the genre. The writing is fresh and lyrical, and the characters well-developed and credible.

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'Bout Books

Good
Reviewed by Sam P. on Jan 19 2011

The point of view in this story is very interesting. It is told in first person, but it switches from Sam telling the story to Grace telling the story with each chapter. Shiver is part of a trilogy (Shiver, Linger, Forever). I cannot wait to read the rest!

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Strange Horizons

Good
Reviewed by Hallie O'Donovan on Nov 06 2009

Shiver's flaws, weighed against one of the most engaging and emotionally involving reads I've had recently, are slight—a few slightly off images, a few careless details. Even the book itself is beautiful...

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The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by Rebecca Davies on Dec 01 2013

To be perfectly honest, there’s not a whole lot of substance to the story beyond that (despite shoehorning in the odd line of Rilke) but Stiefvater’s prose is uncharacteristically well-crafted for a teen page-turner...

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Teen Ink

Below average
Reviewed by bookcrazy on May 01 2014

...even though I liked the new concept of werewolves, there could be more explanation to it. Also, though Grace and Sam were described and fleshed out, many of the minor characters were shallow...

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by WolfyRawerz on May 01 2014

The book Shiver is what I would have to say the best book I have ever read and is a wonderful first book in this heartwarming dramatic, magical and original trilogy.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Trilobite on May 01 2014

Fans of romantic fantasy will enjoy Shiver, but do not expect it to score a perfect ten in every category – just most.

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Rhapsody in Books

Good
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Feb 01 2011

There is not a lot of “depth” to Shiver...Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book as a combo animal and love story, and I liked the way the chapters alternated between the points of view of Grace and Sam.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
on Jun 16 2010

Overall, Ms. Stiefvater has penned a good novel. The prose is beautiful and I loved how the alternating POVs were detailed. Shiver is a beautifully constructed story, written in such vivid detail.

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Devourer of Books

Good
on Jul 15 2010

I thought that Stiefvater’s take on werewolves was very interesting, I liked her mythology as to when and why they changed between their wolf and human forms and the fact that they were either wolves or they were humans, but they were never monstrous hybrids.

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It's All About Books

Above average
Reviewed by Suey on Aug 02 2010

...I disapprove of certain teenage choices that are made in this book. Yeah, that seems to happen in these YA books a lot these days. But for the most part, I enjoyed the story and it's premise.

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Jen Robinson's Book Page

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on Jul 02 2009

Fans of Twilight are sure to like Shiver - it has that same quality of romance against seemingly insurmountable odds, but with more nuanced characters. But really, anyone looking for a blend of romantic longing and supernatural chills will want to give Shiver a look.

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Ivy Book Bindings

Above average
Reviewed by Keertana on Sep 25 2013

I won’t deny the fact that Shiver has its flaws, but it was a story that became all too real for me while I read it. While the dual narration works perfectly in terms of the plot, there is no denying that, at times, it can be hard to distinguish Sam from Grace. Thus, I will not say that Shiver is a perfect novel.

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Hobbitsies

Good
Reviewed by Tara on Dec 06 2010

The storyline was great. Even if there were moments where I could totally tell what was coming next, I was usually wrong. Although Sam and Grace were the main characters in Shiver, there were a ton of other really great characters that helped to shape the storyline into what it was and make everything more interesting.

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YA Love

Good
Reviewed by Mrs. Andersen on Aug 03 2010

It didn’t take me long to fall into this book; the cover alone is beautiful and intriguing. I love that Grace is so independent and sure of herself and that Sam is such a romantic.

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Miss Page-Turner

Excellent
Reviewed by Miss Page-Turner on Oct 09 2010

In Shiver the love of Grace and Sam is set under pressure by the ticking of a natural bomb, the seasonal changes. I was really surprised there is no real human antagonist in Shiver, but a 23,5 degree fixing the earth to its position, but that makes this novel even more thrilling and perfectly fits its overall style.

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Jul 19 2011

Romantic and beautifully written, Shiver is well worth a read for a variety of reasons. Don't pull a Lauren, and take forever to read it. Instead, pick it up now, as I am sure you will love it just as much as me, especially if you are in any way a romantic.

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Bart's Bookshelf

Above average
Reviewed by Darren on Aug 26 2010

The mythology of the wolves, was also intriguing and felt well-developed...So, yeah, can’t say loved the story, but I definitely enjoyed it enough to be listening to the sequel.

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A Book and Short Latte

Excellent
Reviewed by ABOOKANDASHORTLATTE1 on Aug 27 2011

...I respect the unique angle she lent to the werewolf legend, one that I haven’t encountered before. Given that the focus of the story was really on characters rather than worldbuilding or plot, I give Stiefvater credit where it is due, for ultimately Shiver is a beautifully told modern fairy tale.

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What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Laurie on May 06 2011

Typical issues: Um, where are her parents...Still, it reads swiftly throughout, and can't be put down at the end.

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Bunbury in the Stacks

Above average
Reviewed by Heidi on Apr 19 2012

I do kind of wish that I had finished Shiver before reading The Scorpio Races, because quite frankly that book was so much better it hurts. Still, I did enjoy Shiver, and plan to read the rest of the series, but am hoping that future Stiefvater work is elevated to the level she presented in The Scorpio Races.

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Musings of a YA Reader

Above average
Reviewed by A Canadian Girl on Jul 16 2011

Although there will be those who love Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, it didn't meet my expectations. The weak plot, instant romance and lacklustre characters left me disappointed.

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My Fiction Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on Apr 12 2014

The actual language of this book wasn't terrible and I know the author can write her ass off, but this book just failed on a lot of fronts for me.

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Girls on YA Books

Above average
on Jun 15 2012

Now...3 stars cus I did end up liking it! It would have gotten two due to the fact of finishing just to finish but I think it deserves the three star rating because I liked it in the end!!

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Wicked Wonderful Words

Above average
Reviewed by Willa on Jan 08 2012

Read it if: You love paranormal romance. You always hurry straight to the wolves when you visit the local zoo. You like a good comfort-read with no big surprises but lots of little ones.

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YA Books and More

Good
on Dec 01 2009

Filled with werewolves, action, and romance, YA readers will keep turning the pages to find out what happens between Grace and Sam, which shows itself only at the end. No peeking allowed!!

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Renee's Book Addiction

Above average
on Sep 23 2009

I had a few minor quibbles with Shiver: absentee, clueless parents (natch) and an amazingly convenient medical skill in a secondary character, an adversary who sort of faded away. However, in light of the beautiful story, it was easy to look past them.

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