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VINE VOICEon 18 May 2013
'Shiver' is a love story between a werewolf called Sam and a girl called Grace. Right from the beginning we know that as a child Grace was bitten too but never 'changed.' Ever since, though, she has been fascinated by the wolves who live in the wood just outside her home, and one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. Sam and Grace meet for the first time when she finds him human, naked and with a gunshot wound to his neck just outside her kitchen door one evening. She instantly recognises him by his yellow eyes and knows instinctively that he is the wolf she has been watching. From this point we are drawn into Sam's world and the story progresses at a good pace.

For me this novel could have been great but fell down on things which could have been easily fixed. The book began well and the atmosphere was mysterious, beautiful and filled with tense anticipation from the very first page. The writing was at times exquisite especially in the opening chapters. 'Shiver' had an easy reading style and I loved the wolves and the world they inhabited. The descriptions of them 'changing' form were particularly well done. The dialogue between the characters was adequate and the love story, sweet and tender, and at one point, tear jerking.

However, for me, there was room for improvement. Firstly the descriptions of what the characters actually looked like, how tall and short they were was sadly lacking. This should have been basic stuff, and as one other reviewer mentioned, we are told nothing of Grace's appearance apart from her blonde hair. It was also a little convenient that Grace's parents were always out and never realized they had a house guest in the form of Sam on various occasions. Neither were they home on the night Sam was shot, and afterwards he could come and go to Grace's house, undetected by them.

There were also a couple of plot holes. At a very tense moment in the story Grace phones another character, but I couldn't see any reason why she would have this person's phone number. She didn't know this person, only his name through Sam and had never met him, yet once again conveniently has his number on speed dial on her phone at just the right moment!! Also it is never explained why Sam changed when he got shot. For me these are points which could have been tidied up and made 'Shiver' a much better novel.

That all said, I did enjoy it but don't think i'll be purchasing the next ones.

Hope this helps.
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