Its Saturday and that means that it is time for another book review, and this week I am rereading another old favourite. Yep, this week I have started to reread The Wolves Of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. So, here is my review for Shiver.
I have a strange relationship with Stiefvater. I read Shiver and then Linger as soon as they came out. I remember at the time I really enjoyed Shiver but wasn’t a massive fan of Linger. As time went on I never picked up the final book Forever and I started to dislike the first two books and Stiefvater as an authors. and then I decided to give her a second chance a read The Raven Cycle and I freaking loved it. it is now one of my all time favourite series and I love it death. Because of how much I do love it I decided to give Mercy Falls a reread and see how I feel about it once and for all. Now I have read it again……I am just as confused as to how I feel about it.
And I had a strange experience rereading this one. I decided to listen to the audiobook this time around. For two reasons, firstly I always tend to go down the audio route if it is a reread. It is just what works for me. and second, I love the audiobooks for The Raven Cycle. Turns out that the audiobook for Shiver is not very good if I am honest. The narrators don’t really have any chemistry and don’t really show any emotion. I just found them a bit flat and monotone. Plus, the girls voice was super irritating, but let’s ignore all that. I was pleasantly surprised by how much of the story I remember. I read this book back in 2010 but I still remember a lot of the details, which is unusual for me. but I this time around I did notice things that I hadn’t before.
For instance, I became aware of how insta-lovey this story is, and how slightly uncomfortable it is. The whole romance side of this story did feel a bit rushed and forced at times. I swear Grace and Sam went from just meeting to true love in about a chapter and I am not a massive fan of that sort of thing. I prefer to see my love stories build and develop over time. I also found it to be a bit uncomfortable for a few reasons. Firstly, the whole stalker wolf thing. Bit creepy. Secondly, how mature the relationship felt while also feeling very immature. These characters are still children and are in their first relationship. They are unsure and nervous and question everything but they are basically living together and completely obsessed with each other. They are like a couple that have been together for years and it just made me a bit uncomfortable. It felt like they were acting to old and moving too fast.
I did also feel like the story took a bit of a backseat to the romance. This could be a really brilliant story full of heartache and suffering, with dark storylines and intense situations but instead it is a teen romance and not the most convincing one. What you do see of the storylines did fascinate me though. I forgot how intriguing this world could be. I also forgot how much I liked the secondary characters such as Beck and Isabel. Even Jack. I found them to be much more interesting then Grace and Sam.
I am going to try and continue with this series though. mainly because I want to see how it progresses as Stiefvater develops as an author. I can’t really remember anything besides the two major plot twists of Linger so I am interested to see what it is like. at the very least I want to be able to read the spin off novel, Sinner.
3 out of 5
And there we have it. have you ever read Shiver? It is definitely a product of its time. Twilight era and all that. but I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon