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The Shuddering

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,468 ratings  ·  546 reviews
Ryan Adler and his twin sister, Jane, spent their happiest childhood days at their parents' mountain Colorado cabin -- until divorce tore their family apart. Now, with the house about to be sold, the Adler twins gather with their closest friends for one last snowboarding-filled holiday. While commitment-phobic Ryan gazes longingly at Lauren, wondering if his playboy days a ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by 47North
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The Shuddering is a classic-feeling gore fest with horrifying monsters. What's not to like about that?

This story follows a group of friends on a snowboarding holiday in the unforgiving mountains of Colorado.

The Adler twins, Ryan and Jane, spent a great deal of their childhood at their parent's posh ski cabin. Now that their parents are no longer together, their father has decided to sell the memorable property.

Ryan, who has just accepted a job overseas, decides to plan one final weekend at the h
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ryan and Jane are brother and sister and they want to have one last hurrah up in their father's cabin in the mountains of Colorado. Together with three friends they kick off their party very well. But little do they know that something is lurking deep in the dark woods. Creatures beyond imagining. Creatures with a thirst for blood and a taste for human flesh!
This book was not scary per-say but it was very intense and thrilling. It was very well written and easy to follow the storyline in
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading all of Ania's novels I was certain that she has that something. A certain spark that promises good reads in the fold of the velvet curtain covering the opening of each mysterious plot she plans, each idea is so distinct and worth the reader's time that I can't wait to see what else she can come up with. The Shuddering did something different for a change, it made the monster second in place of the characters that were so unbelievable that I stopped, gasped and cringed as I read. Ev ...more
Five young adults in a cabin surrounded by a dense forest, in the midst of a snowstorm that is burying everything in sight. Food is scant, cell phone reception is nil, and the power is flickering . . . and now out.

The trees appear to be shuddering, raked and disturbed by the frigid winds, and teeming with something else. They are out there - all teeth and skin and claws, joints grotesquely askew, limbs contorted at impossible angles. They are hungry, and they are hunting.

Although I did not like
This is my first full book by this author. I say that because I started to read The Devil Crept In once and it was a sample of the book, and the club ended up not reading it. Something like that.

So; The Shuddering isn’t like what I pictured from what I knew of it, which was just the title. I am not sure if it is better kept that way or if you know a little something about it beforehand. Looking back, in some ways, I wish I would have known.
I listened to audio and read the book at the same time
A Solid 3.5 Stars for the prowling, creepy man-eating skeletal creatures, and my favorite kind of wicked ending, hehehe....

"They only come in the snow." Beware, they're hiding out there and it is NOT safe!

Wonderfully frightening start and great remote setting out in the middle of nowhere land in a frozen south western Colorado cabin mc-mansion.

One last fun-filled trip is under way with five adults, one an outsider and OONA the Husky when there is dissension among the troops and a

THE SHUDDERING, by Ania Ahlborn was a novel that I had a great deal of trouble in deciding upon a rating for. On one hand, the writing is strong and fluid--a style that I would easily describe as fast-paced. The problem, for myself, was that I didn't feel any "connection" with any of the characters. They were "stereotypical", in that the author attempted to portray them as the "opposite" of what we'd expect emotionally. Example: The great-looking rich boy that actually "cares too much" about hur ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
I downloaded The Shuddering for free as part of Amazon/Samsung monthly deal, and was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into a gory, riveting horror. It started off very strong, intriguing. Sending shivers down my spine by the gore and unexpected savageness.

A local resident out for his morning walk in the snowy Colorado Mountains in search for firewood, is surrounded and brutally attacked by unidentified, ghastly creatures. We are then introduced to four long time friends, vacationing i
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good ! Entertaining ! Update: i have changed it from 4 stars to 5 stars since i find myself still thinking about this book 5 months later.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
"They only come when it snows."

Creature features can be hit or miss with me. I really love some, and am not crazy about the rest, so take my review with a grain of salt. I think the setup of The Shuddering was intriguing, but I had a tough time connecting to the execution of the story.

I think The Shuddering may have worked better as a novella for me - there was so much whining and banter, and there was less focus on the creatures than I expected. The creature moments were definitely promising,
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I really loved the monsters in this book. They were so creepy and I would like to know more about them. I think this would make a great B movie or graphic novel just so I can see the creatures :)

The people got on my last nerve and I didn't much care for the ending. I wanted to see Oona walk off into the sunset all happy and going home!

I loved this was set in a cabin, or should I say an estate sized cabin, in the woods in the middle of no where with all the snow! And then you add in the creepy
Cindy Newton
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! I found this to be a very gripping story. I was reading this on plane trips over Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so there were short periods of reading interrupted by long periods of festivities and merry-making. Of course I was happy to be celebrating with my loved ones, but I wanted to know what happens in my book!! I'm from Houston, and just had my first real encounter with snow this week, in Oregon. So this book was particularly compelling for me, given that the protagonists are a grou ...more
Tracy Robinson
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my third novel by Ania Ahlborn; I’ve previously read Brother and The Devil Crept In and I loved them both.

I loved the premise of The Shuddering. Remote cabin. People with tangled relationships. Characters to love. Other characters to hate. And spectacular monsters in the snow. It fed my need for a creature feature; it moves quickly and the ending was great.

I did wish that there was a bit more character development and a bit more chomp and stomp, but overall it was an entertaining read
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. God. This book had me on the edge of seat the whole damn time. It's straight up like a horror movie. The ending makes me think there might be a sequel. ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what took me so long to read this one since I pre ordered it as soon as it was available but didn't read it until right now. With only three novels published ania ahlborn is quickly becoming a favorite author, this one is a return to horror for her after the neighbors which was more of just a thriller but still an excellent book. I don't think anything she writes will ever live up to the awsomeness of seed but I have rated everything she has written five stars so far and as long as ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic horror tale from Ahlborn about a group of friends and siblings gathered for a weekend up in the snowy hills who must fight for survival against a horde of tall, vicious creatures that are roaming the surrounding woods. The main strength of the story is the interplay between the characters and the varying relationships, which brings about conflicting emotions of love, anger, jealously, sadness and hope. Ahlborn skillfully makes you feel for each person, so that when things start to go b ...more
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel from Ania Alhborn - Quicker pace and quite different than Seed, but every bit as entertaining. Ania paints the perfect picture of the winter weekend getaway gone to hell. A few friends and family members get together for one last hurrah before the group splits up and goes their separate ways. Unfortunately for them they are not alone and the party crashers are not human. A fast, fun, thrilling read.
Frank Phillips
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
My first Ahlborn read, but it will definitely not be my last! This was as good as I expected it to be, and satisfied my horror craving for the time being. Atmospheric snowed in cabin, with creepy 'The Descent' type humanoid and starving creatures in the surrounding forest inching closer and closer, what was not to like here??! My only critique might be that I wasn't especially able to connect with any one character in particular, and the female characters came across quite annoying at most times ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
3 Stars

The Shuddering by Ania Alborn is simply just OK. I was already a fan of Alborn's before reading this book. I enjoyed The Bird Eater and I loved Seed. I am giving The Shuddering 3 Stars but it may be less.

Compared to my previous adventures with Alborn, the atmosphere set up in this book was weak. Things were too out in the open for us the reader to ever have any sense of dread or unease. There was no scary creature to be found as they are presented to us straight up and in our face. Sure
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
Mild spoilers......

Holy crap! This book had me on the edge during the whole book. The first half of the book was full of tension between the people in the cabin. The whole "who will he pick" drove me crazy, I wasn't sure who to pull for...the girl who holds his future or the girl from the past. Then the blossoming relationship between Ryan and Lauren was such a sweet story line. Then the second half of the book I was on edge for a completely different reason....The Monsters! They were scary and
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
4 stars! Full review to come
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a classic kick-ass people-being-hunted-by-monsters-in-a-secluded-environment kind of story. Not quite on par with Seed, but how do you beat that action?

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Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This was a fun short novel that read like one of those cheesy horror slasher films where a group of young people with a complicated history get together in an isolated cabin. I liked that the monsters were so ambiguous, which made them more terrifying. The cold weather setting created a chilling atmosphere so I would recommend reading this one during the winter season.
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the third book I've read by Ania Ahlborn. I loved SEED and very much enjoyed The Neighbors. The Shuddering was somewhat of a disappointment owning in part to the bar being set so high. But also there was just something lacking, the premise was clichéd, the characters (this was particularly a peeve of mine) were clichéd, the awesomely drawn out (wendigo styled maybe) creatures were totally unexplained. The characters spend entirely too much time matchmaking themselves and bemoaning their ...more
Had to stop at 51% and I'm kinda disappointed in the fact that I could not finish this book. I tried, ya'll, I really tried, but I just could not relate or even like the main 4-5 characters after being introduced to their bad reality show drama. The more interesting horror aspects of the book were too far between the misconception/assumption/misperception of April, the "tagalong" girlfriend and the fact that the rest of the cabin residents thought way too highly of themselves to be able to sit d ...more
Maxine Marsh
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
3.5 stars. Good writing, well-rounded characters, unoriginal plot.
Jen from Quebec :0)
While there were some pacing and backstory issues, the action based plot made up for them! It was like 'Friday the 13th' meets 'Aliens' meets a blizzard! --Jen from Quebec :0) ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A group of twenty-somethings go to a Cabin in the Woods, experience Cabin Fever, and fight an Army of Darkness comprised of the Evil Dead.

Derivative with truly unlikable characters. This was so bad it made me angry.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A secluded holiday cabin
With a group of five
There are creatures in the trees
And they are hungry

This is my second book of Ania Ahlborn's and she has a way of making you pick your favourite characters, kind of like in a horror movie, pick your favourite and hope to God they don't die!
The first two thirds of this book seemed well paced and then BOOM it's all happening very rapidly with plenty of gore and although predicted some spine chilling scenes.
Without sounding too bloodthirsty I would have
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
As a long time Ania fan, I am thrilled to be doing rereads of her work this year. For some reason, I didn't remember a lot about The Shuddering except that somehow, it fell towards the bottom of my love to like ratio - and I've been a fan of every single one of her reads! Sometimes a reread has you see a book in a different light and that's exactly what happened here. I couldn't seem to remember a lot about this novel until I started reading it and yet some pieces still felt new.

The thing with A
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Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She’d spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.

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“ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in Ciechanów, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the supernatural thrillers Seed and The Neighbors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico, enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, drawing, traveling, movies, and exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico,” 0 likes
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