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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Maggie Stiefvater Gets New Covers

Saturday, 12 April 2014
We've seen it happen to The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and the Divergent series, now it's happened to Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls.  The black covers are BACK. I'm actually kind of a sucker for them, which is annoying since I've already read the whole series. 


For anyone who hasn't read them yet, you can read my review of Shiver, the first book in the series, below - I wrote it back in 2011 so don't expect it to be mind-blowing. It's a werewolf story, totally adorable and really well written with an adorable guy. What more could you want??

We've also got a special giveaway for our blog readers - if you're buying any of these covers in store and tell us that you've read this post, we'll give you a special 'I love Maggie' keyring!

These will be available from the 1st of May.

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SHIVER - Maggie Stiefvater

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 448
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

Book 1 in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series.


Grace is fascinated by the wolves in the woods behind her house; one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Every winter, she watches him but every summer, he disappears. Sam leads two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack. In summer, he has a few precious months to be human ...until the cold makes him shift back again. When Grace and Sam finally meet, they realize they can't bear to be apart. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, for ever.

I had been putting off reading this book because I was becoming sick of reading the same type of story over and over again. However, it had been sitting on my shelf for so long that, after taking a deep breath, I decided to make a go of it. I'm so glad that I did! I am usually sceptical about the whole teenage romance plot and really didn't want to read the same formulaic forbidden/excessive love, but something about this book really caught my imagination. Both Grace and Sam are brilliantly written and stayed with me long after I finished the book.

The structure is great, it alternates chapters between Grace and Sam's dialogue, which gives a great incite into Sam's life as a wolf. Although I found the end a little far-fetched and over simplified, the story itself was engrossing and unstoppable, and left me with a real feeling of loss. A lot of people have referred to this book as the werewolf version of Twilight, which I personally feel is rather unfair - Shiver seems to be much more poetically written and with any luck will not go off in an odd tangent in Linger, Steifvater's sequel.

My overall rating is 4 stars. I was tempted to award 5 but I felt that the idea that Steifvater uses as way of a 'cure' was a little dodgy and difficult to believe (which actually sounds silly of me to say considering it is a book about werewolves!). A recommended read.


  1. Do you think these covers are in preparation for 'Sinner' the companion novel (maybe?) which follows Isabel and Cole's story (I believe)! :D xx

    1. I would have thought so, but the cover for Sinner matches the old covers. Weird!


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