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.

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Hear What Others Say About Shiver...

  • Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Stiefvater leaves the faeries of Lament and Ballad for a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love . . . her take on werewolves is interesting and original while her characters are refreshingly willing to use their brains to deal with the challenges they face.”

    School Library Journal, starred review

    “beautiful and moving . . . The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today’s world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money.”

    The Observer

    “If you are a fan of Twilight, then you will love Shiver. Beautifully written, with alternating chapters from Grace and Sam’s points of view, this a wonderful debut.”

  • Booklist

    “Stiefvater would like to remind you that werewolves can be just as sexy as those headline-hogging vampires.”


    “The first volume in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is yet another winner for the author of Lament . . . sensuous, intense, riveting, and so very satisfying.”

    Sunday Telegraph

    "If you’re trying to wean your teenagers off vampire romance, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is literary methadone, but has more in common with The Time Travellers Wife than Twilight. Yes it’s a supernatural thriller, but refreshingly free of cliches… all consuming."

  • Children's Literature

    “Shiver is a teen love story that is difficult to put down, gently haunting its readers with the agony of lost identity and a hope for the impossible.”

    Romantic Times Book Review

    “This book gets big points for originality…”


    “After devouring dozens of fast-paced, very plot-centric books, you sometimes need to settle down and sink in to something slower and more contemplative. You need to be reminded that sometimes words can reach into your chest and wrench your heart.”


I have to have music playing non-stop while I write, or I can't focus. All I can think about is doing laundry, taking a walk, making cookie dough, or laying on the floor. So I create focused playlists for each book, every song picked to reinforce the mood or help me through a scene. They tend to be hours long, but here's a selection from each book. If you love a song, please buy the track and support the artists so they can keep making more music.

  • 1 The Ocean The Bravery
  • 2 Sundrenched World Joshua Radin
  • 3 Run Snow Patrol
  • 4 Matroshka Dredg
  • 5 Underwater Vertical Horizon
  • 6 Star Mile Joshua Radin
  • 7 Set the Fire to the Third Bar Snow Patrol
  • 8 Jeremiah Starsailor
  • 9 Bug Eyes Dredg
  • 10 Everything'll Be Aright Joshua Radin
  • 11 Hide and Seek Imogen Heap
  • 12 A Clock is Ticking Snow Patrol
  • 13 Peter Returns James Newton Howard
  • 14 Wake Up, Open the Door, & Escape to the Sea Blaqk Audio
  • 15 Cemeteries of London Coldplay


  • Indies Choice Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • 2011 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • Amazon Top Ten Books for Teens
  • Border’s Original Voices Pick & Finalist
  • Barnes & Noble 2009 Top Twenty Books for Teens
  • CBC Children’s Choice Awards Finalist
  • SIBA 2010 Book Award Finalist
  • Glamour’s Best Book to Curl Up With
  • Winner, 2010 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Children’s Literature
  • Winner of the 2011 Georgia Peach Award
  • VOYA: The Perfect Tens
  • YALSA Teens’ Top Ten
  • Silver Inky Award Winner (Australia)
  • CO Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2011
  • FL Teens Read Award Nominees 2010-2011
  • MD Black-Eyed Susan (High School) Book Award Nominees 2010-2011
  • NC YA Book Award Booklist (High School) 2010-2011
  • NH Flume Teen Reader’s Choice Award Nominees (9-12) 2011
  • OR Young Adult Network Book Rave Reading List 2010
  • PA Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominees (Young Adult) 2010-2011
  • TN Volunteer State Award Nominees Young Adult (7-12) 2011-2012
  • 2011 NCSLMA Young Adult Book Award Nominee (North Carolina)
  • 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Nominee
  • 2010 TAYSHAS Reading List (Texas)

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