Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)


by Maggie Stiefvater
5 of 5 stars

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.

Main Characters

My Grace Brisbane

Grace Brisbane: She has dark blonde hair, is kind and intelligent. She is somewhat uncomfortable in her own skin and has an aura of loneliness. Her parents are kind but distant. She has been fascinated with the wolves in the woods by her house after she was attacked as a child. Especially the yellow-eyed wolf.

My Sam Roth

Sam Roth: He is a werewolf who fights to keep his humanity and has a troubled past.  He is tall and lean with shaggy black hair and yellowish hazel eyes.


I’m actually really surprised that this book didn’t get higher reviews. It was such an interesting take on the whole werewolf genre, all of the emotions felt strong and genuine, it was well edited, and the writing style was poetic without being difficult to read.

The love between Sam and Grace felt like destiny without the taint of insta-love, which when you think about it is really hard to pull off.

“It is possible to be in love with you just because of who you are.”

For those who are looking for an action-packed romantic suspense novel, this is not for you. The only real enemies that exist are time and temperature since in this series the catalyst that causing “the change” is the temperature. There are only a small amount of times that a person can shift before the “wolf” takes over for good and they lose their humanity. Like I said, I very new spin on werewolves.

The whole book as an overall feel of yearning and longing.

“If that moment had been a real thing, it would’ve been a butterfly, flapping and fluttering toward the sun.”

It isn’t all seriousness and sadness though. Grace and Sam are so cute together, and absolutly have playful interactions.

“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 highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a heart wrenching love story with a bit of humor sprinkled on top for flavor. There are some intimate scenes but I wouldn’t say anything over PG-13, certainly nothing overly graphic.

"Books are more real when you read them outside." Maggie Stiefvater (Really, it's me), Shiver

“Books are more real when you read them outside.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

Book Info

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Point of View: Alternating first person (Sam and Grace: clearly marked)
Length: 390 pages

Three Book Series
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) 5 of 5 stars
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)  5 of 5 stars
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) 5 of 5 stars

Maggie Stiefvater
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