So Shiver is about a disease running rampant where people are transforming into wolves. At the start, we don't know that for sure, but in Chapter Two, it talk about someone named Sam who saved the life of a girl named Grace in Chapter 1 who was about to be bitten, as Sam explains how all his pack members are trying to eat her. At the high school, everyone hates wolves - except Grace, even though she was almost killed, because she's always had a fondness for them and one looks at her all the time - but everyone else does because a boy named Jack was killed, seemingly devoured by them. Not only that, but as Grace looks into this, she realizes she might belong with someone else - and that someone else might be transforming.
To be honest, I think the long-dead Team Jacob crowd from Twilight should love this, and people who just want a straightforward romance might want to take a look. But for everyone else, step away from the interesting formatting. This is the sort of book where I felt if this can get published big, any book can. In all honesty, one of the strengths of this book is its descriptions; Grace says how she gets most of her books from the library because she can't afford them, she says Sam is like "a song I heard as a child and forgot about and heard all over again." There are songs I've listened to in my childhood that bring a nostalgic feeling. Sadly, the story and characters are so weak and shoddily imagined it took me a week to read this whereas Golden Son which was much longer, took me only less than four days. The characters like Beck, Paul and Jack and even the two lovebirds don't have much colour to them or diversity. Or maybe it's because they don't crack jokes or are any different from people you walk past on your way to class. I didn't care if anyone was going to get hurt and I didn't care if there ever was a misunderstanding, and though there was a small small twist at the end, about not who you think, I didn't care about the prosecution that would bring in the next book either.
Not only that, but these characters don't really act human, I feel. When Grace is attacked at the beginning by a pack of werewolves, she isn't scared of them still and is willing to go outside her door, pat one, and stand beside him. There's a personal reason for this but I didn't buy it. Also, one character's dog gets killed, and she yells, "You killed my dog?! Are you kidding me?!" Beep beep, backup there, backup there. Her dog got killed? She should be heartbroken, sad, wanting to kill herself, rather than sound annoyed. When our dog died of old age, we cried for days and we haven't gotten a new one because we don't want to take it again.
The story about werewolves is also I don't think ever quite clear and I don't want to spoil the circumstance if you still want to read this book , but if Sam was destined for this fate why did he admit his feelings and keep hanging out with Grace? While I understand his motivations, he's essentially breaking her heart. Something not quite made clear either is the antidote, that story smothered by the two sharing saliva without any of them in any of the interesting love conflicts Shatter Me and The Selection had and talking about occasionally how wolves smell like pee. Romance only works in literature if there is a decent story around it and while Grace and Sam have an adequate beginning, they have a not-so-adequate turnabout into book form.