Publisher: Five Mile Press Australia
Release Date: November 6th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A small town in Ireland, a chilling mystery, a teenage detective - and a message from the dead.
After months of bullying and romantic heartbreak, seventeen-year-old Aidan Flood feels just about ready to end it all. But when he wakes up one morning to find that local beauty and town sweetheart Sláine McAuley has actually done just that, he discovers a new sense of purpose and becomes determined to find out what happened to her. The town is happy to put it down to suicide, but one night Aidan gets a message, scratched in ice on his bedroom window: 'I didn't kill myself.' Who is contacting him? And if Sláine didn't end her own life ... who did?
1. The main character is basically everything you don’t want in a person. Introducing Aidan Flood, whiny, rude and absolutely inept. I get that Aidan was bullied a lot, but maaaaan I was getting sick of Aidan and his constant whining about LITERALLY EVERYTHING. His narrative voice was most definitely not like a 17 year old because he felt more immature than my eight year old sister. Furthermore, Aidan came off as a really inconsiderate person in the way he treated his friends and family. He pretty much brushes off his ‘friend’ Podsy almost every time they talk. Also, Aidan seemed to have a real issue with people’s names. Especially his ex-girlfriend, Caitlin’s. Apparently the Irish way to pronounce Caitlin is ‘Cate-leen’ but Caitlin pronounces her name as ‘Cate-Lin’ and Aidan gets really annoyed that she pronounces it the non-Irish way. DUDE. It’s not even your name therefore NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. The girl can pronounce her own name however she wants and you have no damn power to change it. DEAL.
You know what’s wrong, Caitlin-with-your-stupid-incorrect-pronounciation-of-your-own-name? Nothing, that’s what. Or nothing I’d want to discuss with you anyway, no offense.
2. The romance was overdone and insipid. This is one of those really awkward and terribly constructed romances that made me cringe and roll my eyes so much that all my face muscles hurt after reading this book. I was also incredibly disturbed that the love interest was a freaking GHOST. In some cases, it works like with Anna Dressed in Blood but here? Not so much.
3. The only thing I actually enjoyed was the involvement of the Irish culture. I don’t think I’ve ever read about the Irish culture until now so it was really interesting to pick up a few things along the way. I also found out that I was totally pronouncing everyone’s names wrong in my head. Apparently Sláine is to be pronounced as SLAWN-yeh.
In summary, Shiver the Whole Night Through was a total miss for me due to the main character’s terrible and completely unlikable personality and the romance. The plot left a lot to be desired, too and the only positive thing that I got out of this read, was the involvement of the Irish culture.
~Thank you Five Mile Press Australia for sending me this copy!~
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