Well, I've found a new favorite author! It's not a honor I hand out lightly, but when I do, I'm (usually) a fan for life.
WHY I READ IT
It was one of my Goodreads book club reads, and it was seasonal. Perfect for winter.
WHAT I LIKED
I like an author that can treat teenage relationships realistically. So often in YA novels there's this insta-love thing that really gets under my skin. And while the book makes one mention from an outside character about love at first sight, and yeah it kinda is, it has the ring of truth to it rather than something forced so it fits the genre.
It feels authentic. The characters are aware that love is fragile, and the people and things around you that you know and love and trust can be whisked away from you and broken in a flash. That's real.
And not that this is a major plot point or anything, but Sam and Grace do have sex. It isn't wildly graphic or anything, but there's no rule I'm aware of where it HAS to be. I can pretty much figure it out. That's what I mean by realistic. Teenagers have sex, duh. I hate authors who treat teenage sex like its a disease, or have some hidden purity message.
So, anyway, that's my take on Shiver. I now have more books to add to my TBR pile!
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
If there was anything I didn't like, it was not knowing too much about Sam's pack. I completely understand the author's choice to leave some background undisturbed--this is a story that happens in the present after all, not a werewolf history lesson, but I would have liked to have known more about Paul and Beck and Salem and Shelby. It seems there were stories unwritten there, even if the story was really about Sam and Grace.