The Shape of Desire by Sharon Shinn

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

Although not as action-packed as many fantasy novels in today’s market, The Shape of Desire is a deeply satisfying read. It is filled with the wonder and marvel of magic and the hope that maybe, if we look hard enough, we’ll find such mysteries in our everyday world.
-Owlcat Mountain

Synopsis

ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Master storyteller Sharon Shinn has thrilled readers with her national bestselling Twelve Houses series. Now experience her original new novel in which love and loyalty are tested at every turn....

For fifteen years, Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But Maria knows that Dante can never give everything of himself back—at least not all of the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. He can’t choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt, and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing.

Maria has kept his secret since the beginning, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occurs in local parks while Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she’s been telling about her life have turned into lies she’s telling herself...
 

About Sharon Shinn

See more books from this Author
Sharon Shinn is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has lived in the Midwest most of her life.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Ace. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Shape of Desire
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Leigh Davis

Ms. Shinn is a very talented author, but her vision of romantic love is so far removed from mine that I kept wondering if she was writing a satire of a romance novel showcasing abusive physical and emotional relationships.

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire | See more reviews from All About Romance

The Bookpushers

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Mar 29 2012

Like I said earlier this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from Ms Shinn but the journey she took me on was a good one.

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 05 2012

The Shape of Desire was a different and refreshing take on the shape-shifter myth and I can’t wait to see what is next.

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

A Book Obsession

Good
Reviewed by Kt Clapsadl on Mar 27 2012

So, if you enjoy a book with great characters, mythology, and the more normal side of the paranormal then The Shape of Desire is one book you won't want to miss!

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

Book Spot Central

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 04 2012

I also really liked what I took as the theme of the novel–that love comes in as many shapes as humans (or shifters) and that we should never try to judge how or what someone else loves.

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

Owlcat Mountain

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 19 2012

Although not as action-packed as many fantasy novels in today’s market, The Shape of Desire is a deeply satisfying read. It is filled with the wonder and marvel of magic and the hope that maybe, if we look hard enough, we’ll find such mysteries in our everyday world.

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

Reading by the Fireside

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 05 2012

It's a slow story.  But it is also a simple and heartfelt story, told with grace and stark beauty, with complex characters who have complex motivations, who make difficult choices. 

Read Full Review of The Shape of Desire

Reader Rating for The Shape of Desire
57%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 48 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

jan d.

jan d. 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×