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''Wolves of Mercy Falls'' is a book series written by Creator/MaggieStiefvater which takes place in Mercy Falls, Minnesota.

At the start of ''Shiver'', Grace is bitten by the wolves that live behind her house, but she is saved by a different wolf with mysterious yellow eyes. After that incident, Grace becomes obsessed with the wolves; more specifically, her yellow-eyed wolf.

The yellow-eyed wolf, however, lives a double life. During the winter, he is an animal wandering through the forest, but when summer arrives, Sam and all the other wolves behind Grace's house turn human.

The second book, ''Linger'', was published in July 2010. The conclusion, ''Forever'', was released in July 2011. A fourth entry in the series ''Sinner,'' a continuation focusing on side characters [[AscendedExtra Cole and Isabel]] was released in 2014.
!!Tropes used in this series:

* AbusiveParents: ''All of them''. Sam's parents take the cake, but Grace's should've been put away for neglect long ago. Also Shelby's parents, and possibly the Culpepers as well.
* AlphaBitch: Isabel starts off as this.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Shelby
* ArtMajorBiology: The series has a rather... odd explanation for werewolf transformation. Once you're bitten, the transformation into a full-blown wolf is triggered by cold temperatures. (Living in a hot climate to stop this has no effect, since even a sudden blast of air conditioning can kick off the transformation.) But it's not this. In one of the books, one of the characters has not taken well to being bitten, and it is then discovered that perhaps bacterial meningitis could stop the transformation, seeing as breaking out into a fever pre-transformation almost cured one of the characters. So yeah... injecting somebody with bacterial meningitis somehow ''helps'' rather than hinders.
* AscendedExtra: Isabel and Cole went from being supporting protagonists to getting an entire book focusing on them.
* BrilliantButLazy: Cole
* CallingTheOldManOut: Grace does this to her parents [[OnceASeason Once A Book]].
* ChekhovsGunman: Officer Koening
*ContrivedCoincidence: So, wait, our [[HeelFaceTurn new ally]] [[spoiler: Officer Koenig]] just ''happens'' to have [[spoiler: inherited a tract of land which is absolutely ''perfect'' for relocating the pack?]] Really?
* DiabolusExMachina: Shows up in ''Shiver'' in the form of [[spoiler:a white-tailed deer. It appears in the middle of the road at exactly the wrong time, causing the crash that wrecks Grace's car. Both occupants survive, but with no way to keep Sam warm until help comes, he turns wolf for good. The characters are forced to try an incredibly dangerous plan to bring him back]].
* DownerEnding: The end of ''Linger'' [[spoiler:undoes ''everything'' the protagonists tried to accomplish in ''Shiver'', only mixing it up by having Grace turn into the wolf]].
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The girl Shelby kills in the opening of ''Forever''? [[spoiler: Olivia, absent since the end of ''Shiver''. We don't find out it's her until later.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* FakeOutMakeOut: Cole and Isabel in ''Forever''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''Shiver'', while Grace is buying a new car [[spoiler:Sam jokes to Grace that if the car "hit a deer it would just hiccup and keep going". Much later the car does in fact hit a deer and breaks down. To make matters worse, without the car heater keeping Sam warm, he finally shifts permanently into a wolf but not before tearfully saying goodbye to Grace and Beck]].
* FollowTheLeader: For ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', having a similar "angsty teenage girl falls in love with a boy who turns out to have a supernatural secret" plot.
* FoodPorn: The description of the candy shop in ''Shiver'' may make you drool. * FreudianExcuse: Subverted. Although readers are told that Shelby's past life was appalling (and heck, it must have been to create someone so spectacularly fucked-up) her backstory is never used to justify her AxCrazy deeds.
* FullyEmbracedFiend: Shelby. And Cole to a lesser extent
* GenkiGirl: Grace's friend Rachel.
* HandsOffParenting: Grace's parents. Her mom cares more about her art than her daughter essentially. In ''Forever'', she claims this is because [[FreudianExcuse her parents made her life miserable]] [[MyBelovedSmother by never letting her do anything she wanted.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Cole towards the end of ''Forever'' injects himself with his personally created serum shifting himself into his wolf form so that he may fight off Shelby giving Sam enough time to escape and lead the pack to safety from the aerial hunt, causing himself to end up getting shot after killing Shelby. He manages to survive though - just barely]].
* IAmTheBand: Cole St. Clair in relation to NARKOTIKA. He's the one who jumps out on album covers, and he's most likely the one who leads his friends Jeremy and Victor into temptation.
* IChooseToStay: At the end of ''Shiver'', [[spoiler: Olivia]] chooses to try and live with lycanthropy rather than gamble on an incredibly risky cure.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: OneWordTitle, and all titles of each book, end in "-er". Shiver, Linger, Forever, Sinner.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Many of the werewolves feel this way.
* ImportantHaircut: Isabel gets one in ''Linger''.
* InterSpeciesRomance: Sam and Grace.
* InsufferableGenius: Isabel
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: The werewolves. Shifting all depends on the temperature. How cold it needs to be for a werewolf to shift from human to wolf depends.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Isabel and Cole.
* LastNameBasis: Beck.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Grace and Sam.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Shelby.
* LoveTriangle: A small one with Grace/Sam/Shelby. [[LoveDodecahedron Grace/Sam/Isabel and Cole/Isabel/Sam]] are both teased -- most overtly with an IndirectKiss between Sam and Isabel at the beginning of ''Linger'' -- but [[AbortedArc neither goes anywhere.]]
* LowFantasy: Sinner especially has little to do with the werewolf aspect at all
* MadScientist: Cole in ''Forever'', extending to [[spoiler:making himself a guinea pig for his own experiments]].
* MyspeldRokband: Cole St. Clair is a member of NARKOTIKA. WordOfGod states that it's in all caps, because "IT'S LOUDER THAT WAY."
* NakedFirstImpression: Isabel and Cole in ''Linger''
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the end of ''Linger'', it turns out [[spoiler: lycanthropy is actually the body's (super)natural defense mechanism against a toxin- spread by the bites- that kills the victim slowly. "Curing" the shifts merely causes the toxin to kill the victim ''faster'']].
* OneWordTitle: Each of the four books of the series:
** ''Shiver''
** ''Linger''
** ''Forever''
** ''Sinner''
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The wolves receive their ability when they are bitten by a person already infected with the werewolf disease. Unlike traditional werewolves, they turn into wolves only during the winter; in warm weather they are normal human beings. The older they get however, the longer they stay wolves, until finally one summer they don't change back at all. And they can't just move south; if they do they only become more sensitive to temperature change, to the point where even the slightest change in temperature can cause them to shift. The first book ''Shiver'' is about a boy and a girl who try to find a way to fight this. [[spoiler:In the sequel ''Linger'', we find out that the cure from the first book might not be a cure at all -- and that the reason they change into wolves might have more to do with brain chemistry than the weather]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Shelby feels this way about being a wolf.
* RaisedCatholic: Cole St. Clair is heavily implied to be this, without the title "Catholic" ever being used. He is seen holding a rosary, "Fingers grasping the beads as if the gesture was familiar" and later, an interviewer questions his belief in God, quoting Cole's former role as a choir boy. Given that Cole is now a ''SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll'' poster child, he is very much the lapsed sort.
* {{Rewrite}}: WordOfGod says that the third book was finished, then ''completely rewritten from scratch'' because [[DoingItForTheArt the author wasn't happy with it]]. Some problems resulted.
* RichBitch: Isabel. Until she gets CharacterDevelopment, anyway.
* TheRockStar: Cole Saint Clair, former lead singer of NARKOTIKA, an in universe popular rock band. He's loud and abrasive, and utterly charmed by himself. Flashbacks make it clear he had that "rolling in girls and money" thing down pat.
* ShadowArchetype: Cole to Sam, as TheLancer sub-type.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Sam and Grace only have eyes for each other.
* StalkerWithACrush: Sam, even if he was a wolf at the time, and Shelby gets like this with Sam, too.
* SummonBiggerFish: Near the end of ''Shiver'', the protagonists determine that [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropy]] may be curable through [[spoiler:elevating the victim's internal body heat to extreme levels, comparable to a massive fever]]. They attempt to do this by [[spoiler:injecting two victims with bacterial meningitis]] Results? [[spoiler:Mixed. One character is cured, the other dies from the meningitis]].
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Sam in both human and wolf form.
* TechnicolorEyes: Sam's eyes are naturally yellow.
* TheirFirstTime: Sam and Grace in ''Shiver''
* {{Tsundere}}: Isabel. She's almost always in tsun-mode but she does have her occasional dere moments,
* UnusualChapterNumbers: In ''Shiver'' the chapters come with the current temperature of area.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In ''Shiver'', three teenagers [[spoiler:are infected with lycanthropy by Beck]]. One turns out to be [[EarlyBirdCameo Cole]], the second his friend Victor, but the third never shows up again.
** In ''Forever'', chapter fifty-eight: Did [[spoiler:Isabel ask Cole in?]]
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Isabel to Sam in ''Linger'', for [[spoiler:ignoring the fact that Grace is ''dying'' so as not to ruin their "Dream life"]].
** And again in ''Forever'', for ''still'' not doing anything about it [[spoiler:even after Grace turns wolf]].
* WrongGenreSavvy: Rachel displays this in ''Literature/{{Forever}}'', refusing to come near Sam (who is a suspected murderer), and basically displaying more sense than any girl in a horror movie ever has...too bad she's in a teen romance book, and not the next ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''.