Friday, July 22, 2011

Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, July 13, 2010
Pages: Hardcover, 360
Series: #2 The Wolves of Mercy Falls
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From Goodreads: 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 Isabelle, 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.

My Rating: (4.5/5)

I am a huge fan of Shiver, the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but now I’m an even bigger fan of Linger. This is one of my favorite follow-ups in a long time. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful and sad at the same time, which made me feel for the characters and their predicaments even more this time around.

Sam and Grace are wonderful characters and they don’t disappoint, but Maggie added two more perspectives to the mix: a new character, Cole, and Isabel. I loved these characters and they couldn’t be more different from Sam and Grace, which provided a nice balance.

I like that Linger took a more scientific approach to explain the wolves — you don’t see that in most paranormal novels – and I think it worked. It wasn’t overly complex yet I found myself believing shifting could be possible and I like how Maggie makes this paranormal world seem completely normal. I think that’s what makes a great story.

For some reason I can’t explain how much I love this series in simple words. Once again I stayed up very late reading this book and considered starting Forever, the next in the series, right away because I couldn’t get enough but now I think I’ll try and pace myself and make the series last longer. I just don’t want it to be over!


Beth S. said…

Glad I'm not the only one who loved Linger. Seems lots of reviews I've read didn't care for it as much as Shiver.

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