- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls / Shiver Trilogy
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545123275
- ISBN-13: 978-0545123273
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,186 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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: 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.
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.
Praise for Shiver:
#1 New York Times Bestseller
*"A lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love... Stiefvater skillfully increases the tension throughout; her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This novel is perfect for Twilight fans or a Romeo and Juliet list. It is sensuous, intense, riveting, and so very satisfying." - Voice of Youth Advocates
"Readers will be able to enjoy Stiefvater's fast-paced storytelling and dedication to the old-fashioned art of creating a believable and enduring romance. Shiver is beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages." - Bookpage.com
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The most romantic image I'll carry with me is Sam Roth, standing in front of that store window and looking at that white dress he wants to buy for Grace, and later when Grace is wearing that dress and we all know what he is thinking even if that scene is from Grace's POV.
Damn, Sam Roth even loves German poetry.
This is a great love story and I think it's a perfect book. I mean I had to go and buy that paperback with its nasty red font (I am ordering hardcover for my collection cause I marked this book to pieces as I read it. No one could read it now cause I marked the pages, folded them, pinched corners, tore some pages, cried on them, cookie crumbs are everywhere) and fragile paper.
I still don't like Grace's parents and glad I didn't have to see them much. I am glad I got to meet Cole, such a book boyfriend and the perfect bad boy and gawd, he's even smart too, and figures out how to save the wolves who are endangered. Oh, yes, this book has tension, all kinds, and this tension and dread is moving against all the characters, it's never sentimental, it's never easy, it's a mess and even gory sometimes, and everyone smells like wet dogs.
BUT. I. LOVE. IT.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. BUY THIS BOOK.
The characters are compelling. The story of Grace and Sam has a poetic flow that sweeps you from page to page. I wanted to bundle Sam up and take him home with me. There are so many parts throughout the whole trilogy that are heart wrenching. With so many werewolf stories out there, it is difficult to stand out from the pack. Yes pun intended. Shiver manages to do so from the first few pages. The seasons, the love story, the loss... You have GOT to read this.
I've read the whole series several times now and something new always comes to light. Another piece falls into place or another question forms. The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy has become one of my favorites. It you enjoyed these books you might want to check out The Dire Wolves Chronicles by Alyssa Rose Ivy. It has a similar tone and texture.
I thought Shiver was a very sweet love story. Grace and Sam's romance was captured beautifully in the writing. Maggie Stiefvater's writing is so poetic and it really added depth and richness to the story. For me, the book was never boring. However, I can see how some people might become bored reading Shiver, because there isn't a lot of action, and it is more slower paced than other Young Adult series. But, I don't need a lot of action to be entertained by a book, and I actually enjoyed the book's pace.
I liked both of the main characters and I loved their relationship. Was it a bit love-at-first-sight? Yeah it was. But to me, it was as superficial as that. I thought the way Grace and Sam's relationship evolved was much more mature and innocent than other character relationship in other books/series.
The storyline was engaging, but not one I was completely immersed in. Maybe it's because I'm not into the whole werewolf-human romance thing. However, I did think it was more unique than other werewolf stories, with the idea that they transform into a wolf in cold weather.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and their relationships. The story flowed really well and the writing was gorgeous. Much of the book was focused on the romance and the relationship of main two characters. Again, that didn't bug me, but for people who don't enjoy a more love driven story, this probably isn't the book for them.