By: Melanie | January 6, 2015 | (43) Comments

Mini Review: Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManusShiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus
Publisher: Five Mile Press Australia
Release Date: November 6th, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, YA
Pages: 337
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?

stickers-my-review (1)I’m going to keep this review real short and sharp because in all honesty, this book is not worth my time.

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!~

1.5 Stars
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43 Responses to Mini Review: Shiver the Whole Night Through by Darragh McManus

  1. Alreem says:

    This book sound so creepy, I don’t think i will read it, like never 🙂
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  2. Oh dear. I was really hoping this one would be good! I love thriller stories, and it sounded like something I would like. But then again this is not the first not-so-sparkling review I’ve read of it, so that’s kinda making me really hesitant. But yeah, a whiny and rude main character? No thanks! Also if the romance isn’t any good that usually means I won’t like the rest of the novel, either. But, in saying that, the inclusion of Irish culture sounds awesome. (I mean, how many YA books have Irish culture in them!?) So I’m a little torn aha!

  3. Ugh. Honestly, just from the blurb this does not sound like I would enjoy this book, but I really hate reading about unlikeable characters. It’s just so annoying to read if the main character is also annoying.
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  4. Stuti says:

    Two things: 1) NIRVANA WHERE’D YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT 2) IRISH CULTURE YAY (their constitution on abortion: ugh)

    my girl, my girl, don’t lie to me
    Tell me where did you sleep last night
    In the pines, in the pines
    Where the sun don’t ever shine
    I would shiver the whole night through


    the cover is so very enticing and i LOVE rude people in books so maybe I’ll give this one a try. and Irish culture. Iiiiiiiiirish culture. I just hope she wasn’t a redhead, that would be so tropish. 😀

    (my girl, my girl where WILL you go)
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  5. Sorry this was such a miss Melanie! It’s hard for a book to have any saving graces when the main character is unlikable:( I hope whatever you pick up next knocks your socks off:)
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  6. The Irish culture element does sound enjoyable, but sorry to hear that other things didn’t work.

  7. Oh no. This does not sound worth the read. I can’t stand irritating, whiney main characters and a not good romance, well I am goign to pass on it even though I have never heard of this.
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  8. Oh, that’s too bad. You’re right about the Irish culture, though: there really aren’t that many YA books that incorporate it. The only one I can think of is A. S. King’s The Dust of 100 Dogs… and the Irish parts were historical, not contemporary.

    Thanks for the review!
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  9. Sorry this didn’t work for you- it sounds like it could have been SO much better. I really like novels that take place in other countries too!! 🙂
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  10. I know how you feel Mel – this one didn’t really work for me either, which was a shame since it did have a lot of potential. The main issues were Aidan and the weirdly developed romance which just didn’t seem to make much sense, but yes – the Irish culture was its one saving grace. Hopefully there are some better YA thrillers/mysteries coming out this year!
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  11. Missie says:

    I like the cover and that sounds like the best part
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  12. Giselle says:

    Oh wow that cover is really cool I hadn’t heard of this book before. Too bad though it sounded like it had a lot of potential. Ruined by a meh romance and a whiny MC. I can take whiny up to a certain point but I usually get frustrated by this kind of personality. Hopefully the next one will treat you better!
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  13. *hi fives* MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY. I couldn’t even fathom the existence of Aiden. He was so rude and immature and whiny and erghhhh. Ireland is cool, but there so much better books set in Ireland with actually NICE characters. I felt wickedly sorry for Podsy the whole time. (Also for his hame. How come he had the most dorky name of them all yet Aiden didn’t ridicule him?!)
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  14. Note to self: stay away.
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  15. Oh darn! Yikes…. I hate loathsome characters who are whiny, especially when it’s the main character!! And bleh the romance sounds insufferable. Sorry you had to go through this, Mel! Lovely review, though <33

  16. I remember being so angry when Cait @ Paper Fury posted her review, because I HATE this guy! Seriously, why is he so awful? I am with you- it is HER NAME. She could pronounce it as “Ann” and he has no right to say differently. I mean, I cannot get into a book if I hate the main character, and I haven’t even had to read this book to hate this guy! Also, I am thinking that Podsy should have slapped him really hard. Great review, but so sorry this one was such a miss.
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? THIS AIDAN DUDE PISSES ME OFF SO BAD. Yeah, I would be cheering for Podsy if he did that. It would have been awesome if Podsy did lol. Thanks, Shannon!

  17. Alreem says:

    I really think the cover is so cool, and I’m sorry you didn’t like it I really hope your next reads will be a 5 stars 🙂
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  18. Kelly says:

    I love anything with Gaelic or Celtic cultural references, both sides of my family are from Ireland originally. Aiden sounds like an utter jerk off to be honest. If he were the typical teen, he would have been put on his ass by now. The issue he has with the ex not being able to pronounce her own name? Reminds me of the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You know, where he makes everyone give him a random word, and he can prove that the Greek’s invented it.

    Pity you can put Windex on this one too ;D
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  19. So Aidan sounds terribly whiny and immature and I can see why he got on your nerves! I totally know what you mean about those cheesy, overdone YA romances too. Nuh uh, thanks for the warning Mel! Great review as always <3
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  20. Anah says:

    Your review makes me go yikes. It sucks because I love the title, but it definitely does not sound like my type of book. Like, dude get over the name thing. It’s her name, therefor she can pronounce however they want. And I really don’t like the whole ghost/human relationship thing. To me it’s creepy to lust after someone whose body is rotting in the ground. o.O Thanks for saving me from reading this! *high fives*
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  21. Maddy E says:

    A terrible main character is such a deal breaker for me. I don’t care if the plot is fascinating and complex, the world-building is magnificent, and the prose is pretty enough to eat. If i want to punch the hero/heroine in the face constantly, the book will be a miss.
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  22. Valerie says:

    Ahhh sounds like you did not have fun reading this. I too would get really annoyed by such a whiny MC, so I understand. I honestly hope your next read is much, much better. Learning about Irish culture is cool, but not in this book haha. (Also, Anna Dressed in Blood has a ghost romance? What? Why have I not heard of this? I need to read it)
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