I finally read Shiver. It’s been on my to-do list for a very long time. My daughter has owned this book for a few years now but I’ve just never found the time to sit down and read it.
I’ve actually been following Maggie on Facebook and love her posts so decided it was time to read the book.
And, unfortunately, Shiver just wasn’t the book for me. There were a lot of things I loved about it: character development, setting, premise. But when it came down to it, I actually had to force myself to finish it.
So what was my problem? A lot of the book seemed a bit Twilight-ish to me (and I hate saying that because Shiver is much better written than Twilight). I think it was the werewolf story itself. I’m just not intrigued enough by vampires, werewolves and such. They don’t grab me and pull me into the story. A part of me is always hanging back thinking “Oh really?”.
When I think about it now, the only vampire or werewolf book, or even movies/television series, I truly became hooked on was Buffy.
That aside, if you do like paranormal themes, Shiver is well done. The fact that you are able to get into both Grace’s and Sam’s head is a bonus. Maggie does an excellent job of switching point of view and that really gives this book some depth.
You can also see how the secondary characters she introduces in Shiver may come to play an important role in future books. They are interesting and developed enough that the reader feels curiosity as to what will come of them.
I’m not sure if I will read any more of the Shiver trilogy but the writing is strong and the characters are engaging. If the paranormal appeals to you, then this is definitely worth a read!