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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Stiefvater
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Book Description

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.


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Brenna Yovanoff and Maggie Stiefvater: Author One-on-One

Brenna Yovanoff is is the author of The Replacement and has published in various journals. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Recently she sat down with Maggie Stiefvater to discuss Stiefvater's Ballad and The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Read the resulting interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Maggie interviewed Brenna.

Brenna Yovanoff

Brenna: Even though we all know that characters are not authors, we also know that characters sort of are their authors (at least a little bit). Which of your characters would you say is most like you as a person?

Maggie: Well, most of my characters are delightfully single-minded, because that is what characters do. So if I were arguing a high-level thesis paper, I’d probably declare that, in fact, all of my characters are really me, just exaggerated, stripped of gray areas and less than crystal clear motivations. Even the evil ones. Maybe especially the evil ones. >br/>
That said, I’ve been told I’m quite like Isabel from the Shiver [Wolves of Mercy Falls] series and James from Ballad.

Brenna: If Cole from the Shiver trilogy and James from Ballad had to fight each other in a snark-off, who would win?

Maggie: James, I’m afraid. Cole has learned to rely far too much on his appearance to win these things and sometimes, my friends, a finely crafted chin will just not get you ahead in life.

Brenna: When your characters are romantically involved, they’re willing to fight desperately to be together, often against seemingly insurmountable odds. Like when their significant others turn into wolves and run away into the forest. Where do you stand on the topic of true love?

Maggie: I’m a fan/ believer/ proponent of true love. I think it’s worth waiting for, and I also think it’s worth fighting for once you’ve found it. I’m one of those madly in love people who just doesn’t understand why anyone would stand for anything less. I also find long-term dating confusing. I was engaged after a month and a half because, like Grace in Shiver, I am bad at shopping. I just see what I want, and then I go and get it.

Maggie Stiefvater

Brenna: Cole St. Clair’s band Narkotika is, understandably, not a real band. However, if it were a real band, what would it sound like?

Maggie: Well, I think that Narkotika, like love, is in the eye of the beholder. It’s supposed to be an edgy, hard, slightly unsettling band, and that varies depending on what you listen to. Also, it was originally an electronica band (think Blaqk Audio). These days I go through life thinking that possibly they would sound like Ringside. Or Korn. Or Carolina Liar. Or Three Days Grace. I realize that these bands sound nothing like each other. I have no good explanation for that.

Brenna: What would you say to all the woefully optimistic girls out there (i.e., me) who want to know if Cole would date them? What if they said please?

Maggie: Oh, Cole would date you. I guarantee you he would date you. If by “date,” you mean “make out with you in a dark hallway, remove some of your clothing, completely avoid giving you his contact information, disappear, and make you have a resulting existential crisis about why you date boys who treat you badly.”

The please wouldn’t be necessary.

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Grace, 17, loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home. It is here during the cold winter months that she gets to see her wolf—the one with the yellow eyes. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the ensuing years he has returned each season, watching her with those haunting eyes as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party decides to retaliate. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows and intensifies, so does the reality of what awaits them. It is only a matter of time before the winter cold changes him back into a wolf, and this time he might stay that way forever. Told from alternating points of view, the narrative takes a classic Romeo & Juliet plot and transforms it into a paranormal romance that is beautiful and moving. Readers will easily identify with the strong, dynamic characters. The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today's world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY END

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  • File Size: 11961 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002JWD6AS
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180 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly executed fiction for teens May 23, 2009
Format:Hardcover
The book tells the story from the alternating points of view of two characters. Grace has been watching the wolves outside her Mercy Falls, Minnesota home every winter. She is drawn to one in particular that has stunning yellow eyes, and she's certain that it is the same wolf who saved her from a pack of wolves who attacked her when she was a young girl.

Sam leads two lives. In the spring and summer, he's human, but when the cooler temperatures of autumn descend upon him, it's not long before he turns into a wolf for the winter. The problem with being a werewolf is that the longer you're a wolf, the less time you spend in your human form until one spring, you don't change back and are forever a part of the wolf world.

When Grace meets Sam, one look at his yellow eyes makes her certain that he's her wolf. They are drawn to each other and it doesn't take them long to realize that they've been in love for years as impossible as it may seem. As the temperatures get cooler, Sam and Grace struggle to keep him human, but the bitter cold and other obstacles threaten to take him away from her forever.

What I love about Maggie Stiefvater's writing, especially in Shiver, is that it's completely seamless: the transitions between the two main characters' points of view and the way that she brings werewolves into what seems like a perfectly normal world. I'm one of those people who rarely reads chapter titles or headings because I find them distracting, and not once did I have to glance up at the beginning of a chapter to see who was speaking. Sam and Grace have their own distinct voices and characteristics, but the switch from character to character is not jarring the way I've seen it in a lot of other books. And the coolest thing?
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92 of 109 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I adore this book.

Shiver is told through the two main characters, Sam and Grace, and I loved them both. The first-person narration moves between them seamlessly and is never jarring. Spending time with Sam and Grace is enjoyable; they are believable, likeable characters with flaws and quirks and all the things that make people people. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn, if not always equally likeable.

Moreover, the plot is original. Sam is a werewolf, and in the world of the novel, werewolves are human in the heat of summer and wolves in the cold of winter. As the werewolves age, however, their human-time decreases until they remain wolves until death. And Sam feels his last summer coming on just as he and Grace get to know one another.

Sam and Grace's star-crossed romance is at times cute and steamy, but always genuine. There are some PG-13 moments, but these are handled tastefully; I never felt that Shiver was dirty or overly descriptive.

And the words, oh the words! The language is more than descriptive; it's poetic. When I wasn't busy being absorbed by the plot, I was drinking in Stiefvater's descriptions; I felt the Minnesota winter of the novel. I frequently reread sentences and lingered over well-worded paragraphs. And on top of that, Maggie Stiefvater is funny! I laughed many times, and you probably will too.

Finally, the ending is abrupt but satisfying. I was left with a smile...and a craving for the sequel (Linger, which is due in Fall 2010). I highly recommend curling up next to the air conditioner with this one.
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125 of 151 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Live Up to Lament August 24, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed Lament, Maggie Stiefvater's first novel and Shiver has been on my radar for several months. Werewolf stories are a regular part of my reading repertoire and I was glad to see that Stiefvater was going to contribute to that genre along with continuing to write in the faery genre (Ballad, the sequel to Lament, is due soon).

Unfortunately, and for a number of reasons, Shiver didn't live up to my expectations.

Plot Issues:

A unique or even somewhat unique twist on vampire, faery, werewolf or other lore entertains me and I love discovering a writer who can weave their own ideas into existing mythology and create a new and believable whole. Stiefvater's idea of werewolves changing shape with the temperature, though, just didn't seem well thought out to me. While we were told that a couple of werewolves tried moving to a warmer climate in order to avoid shifting and that they were unsuccessful (a blast of air conditioning - seriously??), I just didn't get the impression that the pack had put much time or effort into further exploring relocation to another climate or other options. And if shifting from human to werewolf and back again is in any way contributing to the early death of werewolves, you'd think the pack would make finding ways to stop it their top priority. The fact that they continue to live in northern Minnesota where temperature changes can be extreme suggests to me that they have not. And I want to know why.

The parental units in Shiver were presented as having little to no parenting skills whatsoever. Grace's parents - who we see the most of - are completely detached from her life; not only are they not nurturing or caring, they're also oblivious. This is Stiefvater's story and if that's where she wants to take us, fine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliantly written YA novel.
This is a book that I immediately want to re-read to see if there could have been one minuscule thing that I missed. Shiver was better than I could have hoped! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Snugglez7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series.
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to start the next one :) It was definitely a new spin on werewolves!
Published 2 days ago by Sheena Khan
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok.
Pros- I liked the author's twist on werewolves. She had a mildly interesting lore. I loved Sam's makeshift family/pack, especially Beck. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tiffany Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting.....much, much better.
this is a story told from two points of view....excellent character development, great storyline, and plot twists that lead in directions completely different from what I expected. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Robin Cruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Characters
The beginning of Shiver pulled me into the story quick, and I wanted to see what would happen. Grace and Sam were memorable characters, with unique baggage in their past that made... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Elisabeth Zguta
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's an okay read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent character developement, story line and suspense. I loved the ending, it's worth the read.
Published 12 days ago by Kathy Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book was truly well planed through. It was a bit scary to believe this could happen. The author made the writing perfect so you could believe it could or it is true. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Eliana Blumfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter has read this book five times and loves it.
Published 16 days ago by Sydney Chaney Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to read and finish
I did not enjoy this title. The plot or characters were not compelling. Save your money for a different title.
Published 16 days ago by Marissa K Freson
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Hello. After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, I'm now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I'm also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and recently acquired a race car.

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the characters are amazing dont even compare to twilight at all!
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Any theories on how Sam survived, but Jake didn't?
It's because he didn't get the whole dose of the meningitis injection. Jack would have survived too if they hadn't given him so much.
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The POETIC verses made we sway! So beautiful :) And sam is just... "beautiful and sad." His character was very moving. And the romance was sweet, intense, and profound. Amazing :D
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