Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)
Maggie Stiefvater

The Wolves
of Mercy Falls

Scholastic Press
Year Published:
Young Adult;
Urban Fantasy
Why Picked:
I saw it on the British Fantasy Award List
Number of Pages:
Non- Fiction:
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. (from Goodreads)




I think I need a category or tag for books like this one.  Maybe the word would be fine or nice.  It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t all that interesting. I read this because my 10 year old wanted to and every once in a while I want to check out what she is reading and see if it is appropriate.  And it was, well, fine.
Maybe I am just not a werewolf girl. Maybe I don’t get it, but for me the plot was not solid enough and I am the Queen of suspended belief.  When my husband comments on The Dark Knight that something was not logical I replied “It is a movie about a super rich guy who wears latex and fights crime, and you want logic?” But the werewolves who change by temperature not moon cycle need some explanation?  And if that is the case how about we move to somewhere with less winter? The cure is random and means an extended stay in a sauna could work it all out.
The relationship is a bit wonky as well.  And why do these two love each other so very much? At least Twilight had the explanation of imprinting. This just seems to assume that we buy love at first sight, even if we do not see that person/wolf again for years.
While the main characters, Grace and Sam, are the best developed that might only seem to be the case because all the others are underdeveloped.  Grace parents are oblivious and neglectful. The mean girl turns on a dime. And Grace’s friends are ready to run when Grace begins to be less available.
On the plus side, the writing is well executed.  Dialogue is fun and well done. I just wish that there had been a better story to go with the writing.