Monday, January 24, 2011

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

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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.
My Thoughts:  I had a hard time getting through the first 30 pages or so of this book.  I can't even pinpoint why.  I even put it aside for a bit (which is something I rarely do) before coming back to it and deciding to jump in with both feet.  So to speak.  And the second time around it really took.  Maybe it was Sam.  Once he was able to communicate in a human way I got sucked in.  It's that tortured hero thing I have going.  I just can't resist them.

So, yeah.  I loved Sam.  Gorgeous, tormented by what he is... he played out perfectly for me.  His love for Grace was so sweet.  His fears that he'll never see her again... oh, Sam.  We got a few peeks into his life with the human side of his pack and I loved those.  I wanted more of that.  I loved his interactions with Grace.  All of them.  The way he was so hesitant to touch her, kiss her, be near her.  The way he saw the way she was an outsider in her own family.  Oh, I just liked the guy.

Since I'm talking about Grace, probably the biggest leap of faith for me was that her parents wouldn't notice that she had a boy living in the house with them.  I made the leap, don't get me wrong, but I had a few times where I scrunched up my nose and wanted to give them a good shake.  That's the point, though, isn't it?

I really liked the mythology of this book.  It was a different take on werewolves and I thought it was interesting and so sad.  At least from Sam and Grace's perspective.

There you have it.  I adored Sam, wanted to smack Grace's parents with a shoe and liked the mythology.  *thumbs up*

More books by Maggie Stiefvater

Reading challenges: The Shifter Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. It's getting old having everything compared to twilight. I didn't know what I was in for and I'm sure glad I purchased this book. The chemistry and struggle between the main characters is unforgettable. It's the best. I can't wait for the next book and it comes out like a year from now.