By: Maggie Stiefvater
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.
I Love, love, loved this book. As much as I liked the first book in the series, Shiver; it actually pales in comparison to Linger. The story read as if it were being played in my mind like a musical score. The emotions that were translated were gut-wrenching and raw. The story is a more realistic (if that can be said about a book with were-wolves) depiction of trials and tribulations that star-crossed lovers could and might experience in a similar situation.
All the things that annoyed me in the first book, like Grace’s parents semi-neglect and absent role in their child’s life were not an issue. To tell the truth they kinda bugged me with their sudden interest and desire to be an active part of Grace’s life. But, I really can’t complain since that was my only real critical beef in Shiver.
The introduction of Cole (*sigh*) as a new narrator and a major figure in the plot- was done perfectly. He is such an interesting damaged and tortured character. He brings so much contrast to the male presence in the story that it really enhanced the over-all plot. Cole’s relationship with Isabelle is drawn flawlessly and allowed readers to follow more than just the love between Sam & Grace. It was so great to get to see new sides and perspectives of each character!
I really cannot say enough good things about this book. I didn’t just read the pages, I felt them. And, that is a true talent to be able to write that kind of feeling into young adult fiction. I cannot wait to see where the final book in the trilogy takes us. The author has planted several small bombs that she might choose to set off in Forever. One thing is certain…with Maggie Stiefvater behind the pen, her readers need not be worried
-they are in excellent hands! Yes, Maggie Stiefvater is the kind of author I aspire to be some day. She is incredibly gifted and seems to be having fun writing the kind of books she wants and not taking herself SO seriously.
Peace and Love
The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy [YA]
Linger-July 20, 2010
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This book was given to PBD for review.