Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Although attacked by a pack as a child, Grace is fascinated with the wolves living in the woods behind her house, particularly one wolf, who appears to take a special interest in Grace. After the wolves attack a local boy, Grace discovers that they are actually werewolves, and that “her wolf” is a boy named Sam. However, Sam will soon be permanently changing into his wolf form, and the two must race against time to attempt to find a cure for his condition.

Ok, so I did NOT like this book. It was decent for a fantasy book, and it has werewolves, so if you really like that genre, this might be a pick for you. My problem with the novel wasn’t the fantasy or the werewolves, though. It was the romantic relationship between main characters Sam and Grace, and the fact that their relationship is passed off as love when it’s actually more abusive than it is romantic. I could go into a lot of detail here about exactly why I feel this way, but I’ll spare you. Plus, it’s all in the analysis, so, if you’re interested, click there. Suffice it to say that both Sam and Grace exhibit obsessive, codependent and emotionally abuse behaviors that are called “love”. They’re also very flat characters, who are more focused on each others’ physical qualities more than their character traits — also not love. Books like this one perpetuate the belief that emotional abuse is at all ok or normal, and it’s not. At all. 

However, just because I didn’t love it, doesn’t mean you won’t. You may feel very differently about the romantic relationship in the book. So, if it looks interesting, give a read. There were some decently exciting parts. And werewolves can be cool. This is first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so if you read it and like it, there’s more. 

Rating: 2/5

For full analysis, including flags and SPOILERS (and more ranting), click here.

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