Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release: July 13, 2010
Hardcover: 360 Pages
Publisher: Scholastic
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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. (Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
Linger is the second in Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls.  It picks up where Shiver left off, only this time Stiefvater included two new narrators: Isabelle and new wolf, Cole.  I have to say I really enjoyed the new additions.  I was prepared not to like Cole - I generally don’t get along with jerky guys.  But Cole had a lot more depth than I expected and ended up being a really fun character.  I also enjoyed Isabelle’s point of view.  She is definitely working out some grief issues and is not afraid to call people out on their crap.  Love that.  

I also enjoyed following Sam and Grace’s continuing romance.  There is much less of a hurried feeling now that Sam is remaining human during the winter.   But there sense of foreboding as Sam can’t quite let himself believe that everything will remain ok (and he’s right about that).

Where Shiver was like a time bomb counting down, Linger is slow and simmering.  Stiefvater is a great writer and has a knack for setting the mood through her words.  Linger has a melancholy feel with a touch of foreboding.  And of course, it ends with a cliffhanger like Shiver did.  

If you enjoyed Shiver, you will like Linger.  I can’t wait to read the final installment, Forever!

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Shiver
2. Linger
3. Forever

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