I found very few reasons to like "Shiver." In fact, I spent most of my time while reading it commenting about how much I hated it. And the terrible th...moreI found very few reasons to like "Shiver." In fact, I spent most of my time while reading it commenting about how much I hated it. And the terrible thing is, it had the potential to be an interesting book, but the plot and the flat characters just didn't live up to that potential.
None of the characters aside from Sam and Isabel were very interesting, there was no discernible plot until the last 80 pages, and the villains were predictable and lackluster. Not to mention Sam and Grace's relationship, which was the focus of the entire book, was totally unbelievable and I didn't buy it in the slightest. Their relationship was based on nothing but watching each other from a distance (which was totally creepy on Sam's end, especially the part where he said he saw her naked multiple times and Grace was COOL WITH IT, WHAT) and they had absolutely nothing in common. Stiefvater dropped and picked up plotlines and characters left and right so she could focus on their stupid romance, and the story never felt like it flowed coherently.
I was also annoyed by the portrayal of the parents, who seemed to be characterized as air-headed for the convenience of letting Sam sleep in Grace's room for weeks on end, and with the portrayal of the female werewolves. Why is it that female werewolves are always the ones in the pack who are disagreeable and murderous? Not cool. And don't even get me started with the fact that yet another male love interest does the whole I STALK YOU BECAUSE I LOVE YOU thing. Ugh, YA paranormal authors, can we please stop this trend already? Thank you in advance.
To sum up, I basically couldn't stand anything in this book except Isabel, who was the only character who had a likable personality. (less)
Although I burned through the first two books in the Shadow Falls series and moderately enjoyed them, all the flaws of the series I was content to ign...moreAlthough I burned through the first two books in the Shadow Falls series and moderately enjoyed them, all the flaws of the series I was content to ignored seemed to come out and hit me while I was reading Taken at Dusk this week.
Exposition is not C.C. Hunter's friend and it really shows it this book. I don't know how many times information was repeated over and over between scenes. Kylie couldn't have one thing happen to her without having it be re-explained to Holiday, Lucas or Derek two pages later. It's necessary for the characters, but annoying for the readers who already know what happen.
Like with the other two books, there's not a lot of plot or anything particularly suspenseful happening. When something does, it's lackluster and fizzles out almost immediately for more on Kylie's ridiculous relationship drama. If only the focus of Shadow Falls series wasn't the Lucas/Kylie/Derek love triangle because I was over the, "Omg, which one do I pic?!" drama in the first book already.
I was also really not a fan of Kylie this time around. I didn't mind her in the first part of the series - she's bland and relatively unoffensive except for her inability to not judge people who have had sex - but there were certain parts of this book that she was really self-righteous and obnoxious. Like the whole scene with confronting Ellie about having sex with Derek? What business was that of hers? Why should Ellie have to explain and apologize for having sex with Derek who isn't Kylie's boyfriend? What the hell. And don't even get me started with the way she's treated Sara the entire series.
Since I've already invested so much time in this series, I'll probably read the fourth book when it comes out in the fall.(less)