Saturday, July 10, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Details
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Hardcover, 368 Pages
2010, Scholastic Press
ISBN: 0545123283
Series: Book 2 of The Wolves of Mercy Falls

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabel, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

I was hooked on Linger before the prologue ended. I immediately needed to know what would become of Grace and couldn't put the book down until I found out. Linger continues in the same format was Shiver, with alternating character points of view for each chapter. Differing from the previous book was the addition of both Isabel and Cole's points of view. I loved the look into Isabel's thoughts but wasn't too sure of Cole needing his own point of view until later in the book. My concern was unfounded and Cole proved to be a wonderful addition.

I loved the growing turbulence between Grace and her parents. It felt very real and even as a parent, I could see that Grace was on the right side of the argument. Further insight was provided into the werewolves changing due to temperature making things on the werewolf front come together and start making more sense. There was a lot more Rachel in Linger and I have to admit not being a fan of her. She's rather annoying. Isabel's dad makes an appearance that fully emphasizes his horrendousness.

Almost everything that happens in Linger is unexpected. I could never get a hold on where the story was headed, making for an exciting ride. Grace's illness was scary for both the characters and those reading the book. Sam and Grace's romance was at the forefront of the book, once again showing Steifvater's wonderful talent for portraying emotions that deeply impact the reader. In my opinion, Linger was even better than Shiver.


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  1. I'm not sure why but this sereis never interested me but I've read several reviews for bk. 2 and now i'm intrigued. Good review!

  2. This sounds great! I like the fact that she added a few new characters points of view into the mix.

  3. So glad you liked it! I don't normally read these types of books, but everyone has fallen in love with this series. Great review!

  4. This is the only full priced book that I'm allowing myself to buy this month :)

  5. Oh, I can't wait to read this. I adored Shiver and am definitely planning on getting Linger sooner rather than later!

  6. @Karen - I postponed reading it partly because I'm not a huge werewolf fan. I did end up really liking it though. Sometimes it's better to wait until the second book it out to check out a new series. This way if you like it, you can get to know what happens right away.

    @Stephanie - It was nice seeing into the minds of other people. It actually gave the opportunity to see Sam and Grace through an outsiders eyes, which was interesting.

    @Emidy - Thanks! I ended up liking the series much more than I figured I would too.

    @Tara SG - Definitely a good choice!

    @thebookfairyhaven - I think they moved up the release date. If so, it should be out any time now.

  7. Soooo looking forward to reading this one! :) Fab review! :)

  8. Loved Linger! I totally agree with you about Cole's viewpoint. The parents though, I just can't get over how clueless they are about her life.
    Love your blog!

  9. @Christy - Thank you! I liked the parents being portrayed as they were. You could tell it wasn't just because it made the story easier to tell without parental interference. You see how her parents negligence effected Grace and I couldn't help feel that the parents were wrong for trying to tell her what to do after having her basically raise herself and run the house since she was little.