What are jorts you ask? BAM! These are!

Character Jacob from Twilight movies wearing cutoff jean shorts

Jorts are cut-off jean shorts… made famous by Taylor Lautner. Be thankful this isn’t the 80’s people. The 80’s didn’t have Taylor Lautner. Consequently jorts were much scarier then. Oh and we called them cut-offs.

And why on earth am I talking about jorts you ask? Excellent question.

Because, for a certain segment of the population (yes, I’m talking about twi-hards here… you know who you are) werewolves and jorts are like oreos and milk. They just go together. Or do they?

Our next review features a book with werewolves; but, strangely enough, no jorts. Go figure, right?

book cover of "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Grace is an ordinary girl. Or as ordinary as a girl can be when she has survived a wolf attack. Sam, well now, he’s far from ordinary. But he saved Grace from the wolves. From his pack. And now they are connected in ways they cannot imagine.

One summer brings Sam and Grace together again. But will they be allowed to stay that way forever?

(Now I know what you’re thinking. What kind of summary is that?!?! But dudes, honestly, I’m not giving you any more. That’s about all I can safely tell you without ruining the book. And I don’t do spoilers!)

But here are two book trailers to further whet your appetites!


So this book and I… we struggled. And I hate to point fingers, but I think it was Grace that I struggled with the most. I just didn’t really connect with her… and given that half the book is from her point of view… well you can see my problem right? I honestly don’t think it had anything to do with the writing, or the idea behind her character… but we just didn’t click. Which sucks. Because I like werewolves. I liked them before there were jorts and Taylor Lautner. She just reminded me of Bella from the Twilight movies a little too much for me to really connect with her character. (And yes, I mean Bella in the movies. I have not read the books, so I don’t know what she’s like in them.)

I really liked Sam, and I was facinated by Maggie Stiefvater’s interpretation of werewolves and how someone lives with the werewolf …. curse? disease? gene? And the rest of his pack? I wanted to know more. More about who they were as people, and as wolves. So she totally hooked me there. Another character I quite liked was Isabel. She’s rude and a total smart-ass, but I dug her. If they make this into a movie, I would not mind at all if they gave her a bigger role. I think Isabel, if cast right, would kick butt.

I’m curious to know where this story goes. I won’t be rushing to read the 2nd book, but I’m pretty sure I will read it eventually.

Oh, but a note to the publisher, Scholastic: seriously people, this is Canada. We use metric. WHAT IS 44°F?? I don’t want to require a farenheit to celcius conversion chart to read a book. Lame. So for all subsequent editions of this book in Canada, change it. KTHXBAI!

Rating: 3 of 5 star rating

This book gets 3 out of 5 stars. Mostly because I highly suspect that the issue was with me, and not the book. 🙂 Let’s just chalk that one up to me being over 18 ok? And, despite my best efforts, I haven’t quite figured out how to change that. Jennifer Garner made it look so easy! 😉

How to get this book:

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If you liked this book, you will be very happy to know that it is part of a trilogy. The ‘Wolves of Mercy Falls’ trilogy to be precise. We have Linger already, and don’t you worry, as soon as Forever is released, we’ll be all over it too.

Other ‘squee’-inducing news? The entire trilogy has been optioned by a studio. This means movies, ladies and gents! In situations like this the first book is almost guaranteed to make it to film, and then the success of that movie determines the fate of the other two. Shiver is due to be released in 2012. When? Starring who? No idea. But if knowing more is what you’re all about… I suggest following this blog. They seem to be all over this.