teen · werewolf · wolves

Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

Shiver is book one in a trilogy of novels by Maggie Steifvater.  The popularity of books like these started with a little series called Twilight…which I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of unless you’ve been living under a rock.  They focus is on paranormal teen romance (some refer to them as teen angst books).  I’ve seen entire sections in Barnes and Noble dedicated to paranormal teen topics.  It would have been fantastic if there were this many choices in this genre when I was a teen.  Nevertheless I’m still alive and kicking so I’ll read any book that interests me regardless of its intended audience.  This book was borrowed from a friend; who consequently didn’t much care for it.
The author has written this book in short chapters and from two first person view points.  That of Grace, the female human lead, and Sam, the male werewolf lead.  Their lives are entwined through an experience that Grace had as a little girl.  Not a fun experience mind you…more of a being almost eaten by wolves experience.  I did find it odd that Grace didn’t attempt to save her life during that encounter but instead depended on Sam to step in.  Maybe shock?

There were many parts in the book that were expanded up on that had nothing to do with the context of the story.  At one point the pair were watching a movie and the author went into great detail as to what was happening in the movie; something about a monster with multiple limbs and so forth.  I’m not sure why the author felt she had to share more with the reader other than “we watched a terrible sci-fi movie filled with tentacles”.  I had a hard time really getting to know either of the characters or their surroundings as they they spent the majority of the story by themselves in bed (just sleeping).

Well I finished the book…which is one of my rules…you can’t start a book unless you’re going to finish it.  The last few chapters had some more exciting activity but not enough to get me to read any more installations in the series (two more).  I’m sure there are those that would enjoy this series but I was not terribly interested.  Cheers to anyone who takes the time and effort to write as not everyone will like your stories.

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