Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

30 January 2019

Book Reviews With Tabitha #7
Hello beauties! How are we all tonight? I have had a pretty busy day of lectures and meeting a friend for coffee but it has also been pretty productive. As I said in my last post, I have been feeling far more productive and happy towards university and I feel the same still, so I'm very content at the moment. I have another book review and this week, I will be sharing my thoughts on Shiver.

SHIVER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater

Published 1.8.09 | 434 Pages | GR Rating 3.77

'You're like a song I heard when I was a little kid, but forgot I knew until I heard it again' 
Shiver is about a young girl, a teen who when she was little was attacked by wolves. Pulled off her backyard swing, she was dragged into the forest. However, she was lucky as she survived the awful attack and was left with a memory of one of the wolves staring down at her. Ever since the attack, Grace has felt attached to the wolves and especially one. That wolf comes to her back garden every winter to watch her. Little does Grace know but wolf longs to meet her in his real form, a human. This is a young adult, werewolf romance fantasy story.

I thouroughly enjoyed Stiefvater's writing style. When she described the cold weather, it made me feel really cold inside too. I could also feel Sam's pain when he went through his transition, which made me feel incredibly sorry for him, especially with the emotions he was feeling too. I also felt all the feels when Sam's and Grace's romance began, making me feel all gooey inside and I definitely this it was down to how great of a writer Stiefvater is in regards to her descriptions.
I think my favourite element to this story was the werewolf element, it was like no other werewolf story I had read before. Instead of werewolves turning on a full moon, these werewolves turned when the weather got colder. I just thought this was a really cool idea, a little twist to the original origin story of werewolves. It also gave Sam a little more depth, giving him a pretty upsetting story line. In turn, making the romance between Sam and Grace a little more tragic, when knowing the outcome of Sam's werewolf dilemma. 

I did initially really like this story. The innocence of Grace and her obsession with the wolves. Her friendships between her school friends. I also like the blossoming romance between Grace and Sam too. However, there were definitely some flaws. Though the blossoming romance was sweet, it was very insta-lovey., which I'm not a fan of. You can tell this story is directed to a younger audience because of this theme, as it definitely would have appealed more to more younger teenage self. I also thought that the story took a while to get to the point... Though there are another two, three? books to this series, I think you could have left this book and make it a stand-a-lone. I don't think I connected enough to these characters as much as I thought I would and because of that, I don't know if I will continue on with this series.

My Rating: 
I definietly want to try Maggie Stiefvater's other series 'The Raven Boys' as I have heard so many wonderful things about that series. I also enjoyed her writing style and I have heard it reflects beautifully in 'The Raven Boys' too. Have you read 'Shiver'? or have you read 'The Raven Boys'? What were your thoughts? 

Until next time, 
Tabitha xx 


  1. This book definitely sounds intriguing! I'm not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but this sounds like a great winter-y read, and I like that it works as a standalone piece, too! I'm off to look up The Raven Boys, this sounds like the perfect place to start my TBR being a little more fantasy-novel-led! Lovely cosy post, and glad to hear you're feeling more settled at uni lovely.
    Kate x