Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Attacked by wolves and dragged from her swing into the woods, young Grace is rescued by a mysterious wolf with penetrating yellow eyes. Years later, Grace remains devoted to this wolf who watches her from the edge of the woods that lines her parents’ property. While her parents are absorbed in their own lives and largely absent from hers, the wolf is a strange source of comfort that Grace relies on. She dreads his disappearance during the warm months, and knows that he’ll always be there at Christmas time.

When Grace’s classmate Jack is attacked by the local wolves, the community fears for their safety and forms a hunting party to drive the animals out. Arriving home after an aborted attempt at saving the wolves, Grace is shocked to find a boy on her deck – naked and bleeding from a gun shot. It defies all logic, but Grace knows without a shadow of a doubt that this boy, Sam, is her wolf. She has suspected that there was something human about the pack of wolves, and Sam’s yellow eyes are the confirmation she needs.

[amazonify]0545123275[/amazonify]His unexpected switch is as much a surprise to Sam as it is to Grace, and he struggles to stay human and to stay with a girl he’s loved from afar for so long. Their connection is undeniable and although they’ve really only been together for days, both feel that their feelings are rooted in the years they’ve spent watching each other while in different forms. As their bond grows stronger, Sam fears that his human days may be numbered while Grace refuses to give up on finding a way to keep Sam with her. Will their love conquer all or will they be forever doomed to watching each other from afar?

Many YA books fall short in the development of the parental figures, and unfortunately Shiver is no exception. Grace’s parents were very conveniently too occupied to notice that their teenage daughter was harboring a teenage boy in her room for weeks – something that I feel even the most absentee parents would notice at one point or another. Their continuous absence also felt too contrived, as if the author just did not want to deal with the challenges that more attentive parents would present for the story line.

Shiver is another take on the human-supernatural relationship made popular by the Twilight series, and while it has its flaws, it’s certainly entertaining and definitely better written. Some secondary characters provide the necessary conflict and drama, but it’s Sam’s and Grace’s trials that really drive the plot. It was easy to become engrossed in their forbidden/impossible love and root for them to find a cure for Sam’s “handicap”. I, for one, am eagerly awaiting the sequel, Linger.

Watch for Linger book trailer and the Shiver giveaway next week!

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