I thought I had struck gold when I saw this book on the Goodwill shelf, looking for a new home. It was in great condition, the cover is simply gorgeous, and a friend of mine (Hi Maggie!) had already recommended another Steifvater book to me (The Scorpio Races, for the curious minds out there). It skipped a lot of older books on my TBR pile, and I finally got around to reading it over the holidays.
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Shiver is part one of a trilogy about the wolves of Mercy Falls, that happen to actually be werewolves. The main focus is the Grace and Sam love story. As a child, Grace was attacked and bitten by the wolves, but never ‘changed’. Sam is the werewolf who saved Grace’s life, stopping the attack. Years later, the two finally meet when Grace helps save Sam’s life while he was in human form. About fifty pages in, I thought okay, this is going to be similar to Twilight, but with werewolves as the focus- and I admit it, I liked Twilight (check your judgement at the door…). So I kept reading.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. As the two get to know each other, Grace learns about the werewolves and Sam questions how Grace never became one. Then a few werewolves rebel and target Grace, thinking she has a cure to stop their “furry little problem” (Shout out to the Potterheads & Lupin fans, haha). The problem I had was how long it took to get to this action. There was a lot of redundant inner-debate from both Sam and Grace about how they love the other and don’t want their time together to end. There was a ton of melodrama about keeping Sam from changing in the cold. And then, there was a lot of random poetic bits- some of them were “lyrics” that Sam made up, and some of it was Stiefvater’s writing style. This really made it hard for me to keep focused on the fantasy of it all, and I admit, I rolled my eyes more than once.
Things picked up towards the end and kept my interest up enough to finish the book. I mostly just wanted to know where this story was going to go. Was it going to maintain the love story? Were the rebel werewolves going to do something shocking? Was there really a cure for being a werewolf? Would Grace figure out why she didn’t change? I was determined to figure out how the book would end, and though I’m glad I stuck with it, it was exhausting. But I do want to add that there were a couple of cute moments between Grace and Sam that did make me smile, and a quote that I totally agree with from Grace:
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When the action was happening, I couldn’t stop reading, so I don’t want to say that I didn’t like this book- it just fell flat compared to my expectations. I’m still going to give The Scorpio Races a chance, and hope that that book is a better example of Stiefvater’s writing, but Shiver just didn’t live up to the hype. Also, out of curiosity, I went on to Goodreads and checked to see what the summaries are of the other two books in the trilogy… and I won’t spoil it for you, but I’d prefer to leave the story as it lies.