Shiver Cove Part 1: Tamyra
T.J. Shortt pulls you in with her characters and makes you want to discover what the big secret is in Shiver Cove.
Publisher’s Description: Tamyra Costa flees the complications of big city life and becomes the new girl in mysterious Shiver Cove. She’s a painfully shy girl starting her senior year and is terrified of being left an outsider. Luckily, one of the popular boys has taken notice of her. Too bad his interest also draws a bully’s attention. Unfortunately, dealing with bullies isn’t the worst thing Tamyra will have to face in her new home.
Tamyra has a secret she’s desperate to protect. Her family genetics are of a long line of werewolves and her wolf form is emerging.
Something stalks the streets of Shiver Cove. Could her deepest fears be coming true? Could her werewolf side be killing or has something far more sinister than Tamyra can imagine made Shiver Cove its home?
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
After being deserted by her father at her first “change,” Tamyra and her mom move to her aunt’s house so that she has more support and guidance about her developing werewolf form. As she gets ready to start her senior year in a new school, she dreads the idea of being the focus of the mean girls crowd again. And she’s so shy she can barely talk to people she doesn’t know. But when a friendly group of kids invites her into their inner circle, she decides Shiver Cove may not end up being that bad of a place.
The story we read here deals a lot with making new friends in a new place and how much trust you put into those people. Do you divulge every secret to them? What is it that you choose to share and you choose to hide from those in your life? As the friendships develop and her friends start to open up to Tamyra more, you learn more and more about each character. As the book progresses and strange things start happening around town, this group of friends decides to do some sleuthing to see if they can discover what is really going on.
The style of this book was a little odd to me, but that helped make it interesting and enticing. So, the way this series setup, I believe you are going to hear each person’s side of the story as the main overarching storyline develops. However, because of that, there was no major climax in this book and it seemed to end abruptly.
Despite that, it kept me turning page after page wanting to know what was going on, what’s going to happen with these characters!!! There was certainly build-up and the main character in this book, Tamyra, had her conflict/resolution story — there just was no big reveal/fight scene/whatever like there normally is in stand-alone books.
The writing was good – simple, yet in depth. I liked that. Easy to get through, but still had substance and didn’t play down to the younger audience. The character development was really good. I mean, really good! It definitely made me want to read more details about each character individually.
If you liked this book, try…
- Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong
- The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith
- Into a Million Pieces by Angela V Cook