Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
My first thoughts on Shiver was that the storyline was a little slow. I kept waiting for something bigger to happen but it never came. At about 1/2 way through I was texting my book bully asking what the deal was with the werewolves staying in MN. I mean if the change is triggered by cold then why not move south? Seems logical to me. Her response was to just wait. And so wait I did. And an answer did eventually come but I can’t say its one that makes any sense to me. I don’t agree with it on many levels, but its the answer that I am stuck with as that is what Stiefvater came up with. Though my initial response when I did read Stiefvater’s answer was “WTF? Seriously?” and that is still what I think when it comes to it.
Overall the story wasn’t bad but I am not one of the hundreds of Shiver lovers out there. The writing was solid but the world building was just so-so. Grace and Sam often came off as pretty two dimensional. I also hated the utter lack of presence of Grace’s parents who were like cardboard cutouts staged just to show that she had parents but they didn’t add any depth to the story. I’d be amazed if they had though as they had absolutely no depth at all. Saying all that though I didn’t hate the story. I’m kind of ambivalent to the whole thing with no strong emotions either way. If I didn’t pick up a copy of Linger at ALA then I’m not sure if this would be a book series that I would continue. But since I do have Linger I feel as though I should give it a shot….eventually.