Book Review: Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy


Shiver, Linger, Forever

each by
 Maggie Stiefvater


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.



I enjoyed this trilogy.  I know what you’re thinking.  It sounds “Twilight-ish,” but in my opinion, it has a lot more depth to it.  Don’t get me wrong.  I enjoyed the Twilight series.  The books were a nice mindless read.  The characters in the Mercy Falls books though have much more depth and seem much more “real”, in my opinion.  One thing I appreciated about these books is that they were each finished on their own.  Yes, I wanted to read the next book, but the first two books didn’t end on huge cliffhangers that left me having to immediately pick up the next book to continue the story.  Each book was complete on its own.  I liked that.

The first book went back and forth between two narrators, Sam & Grace.  The second two added additional voices, which I at first was leery of, but it also worked.  I liked looking into the mind of each of the characters.  The writing was compelling and enjoyable.  The author is great at imagery and paints wonderfully vivid pictures with her words.


Would I recommend this to my BFF?  Definitely.  Loved these books.  Sad they’re over.

Would I recommend this to my daughter?  Nope.  There are several instances where strong language is used, and a lot of teen rebellion / troubled youth situations.  Also premarital sex – not written in detail, but implied.



4 of 5 stars.

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