I just finished reading “Shiver” for the second time, and was just as impressed as I had been when I first read it. This book is another in the current trend of paranormal romances for teenage girls, yet it stands out with its quality of writing and the characters actually thinking through their predicaments rather than the old “teenage stupidity” idea made popular by “Romeo and Juliet”. I hate “Romeo and Juliet”. Romeo is a weak character, overreacting to everything and Juliet is not any better. Lovers of the story can rail and moan as much as they please, but that doesn’t change the fact that the play is a tragedy because of stupidity, plain and simple. Rushing into things, including the declaration of their love, and getting married incredibly soon after meeting.
“Shiver” has two protagonists: sensible, pragmatic Grace Brisbane and poetic, damaged Sam Roth. The novel puts a clever new twist on the werewolf legend that is unique and interesting. Even without the name of the character on top of the first page of each chapter, it’s clear which character is narrating the story. Both characters have interesting perspectives and predicaments that eventually crash together. “Shiver” is a must-read for romance-lovers, and has a sequel called “Linger” that comes out later this year.