Published in: 2010
Edition read: E-book
Book #: Book 2 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?
This book was better, but worse, than book one. Better, because it has Cole in it, and he is hands down my favourite character in this series. Since he was introduced, the story went from high school romance that was good, to damn awesome werewolf story with complex characters. It was worse, however, because Grace went from an okay character to just insufferable. She is sick, but does she go get herself checked out? No. She knows she is dying, her nose is dripping blood, but does she stop to go “hmm, should get myself checked out”? No. She also fights with her parents and then runs away from home, because that’s the grown-up thing to do, clearly.
So annoying main character aside, I am enjoying this blossoming thing between Isabelle and Cole, I like the complexity of Cole’s character (and I have a thing for the dark damaged ones, it would seem) and I am liking reading about Sam’s adjustment back to humanity- he’s still freaked out when it’s cold that he might change, and he’s just realising that he can actually have a future, and the possibilities that that may afford.
I think this series may have died a quiet death had they not thought to introduce these new wolves, but since they did introduce them, the story has grown from just Sam and Grace to involve Cole and Isabelle, who bring this new dynamic to the story and the relationships, and has really kept me interested. I am looking forward to the next book as I want to see how Grace fares with her new lifestyle and more importantly, I wanna see how Cole and Isabelle’s relationship/non-relationship develops.
Linger rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of werewolves, paranormal romances, young adult fiction.
Author’s website: http://maggiestiefvater.com/the-shiver-trilogy/