Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

2010, Maggie Stiefvater, review, Scholastic, second in a series, young adult 3 Comments 6th August, 2011

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: July 13, 2010
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
(My review of Shiver)
Purchase: Book Depository

Summary 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.

Warning: there may be spoilers in this review

I have to say that for the most part, I wasn’t as thrilled with Linger as I was with Shiver. Linger was not written in such a way that I found quotes I loved almost every other page like Shiver. It just didn’t grab me that way. I didn’t like Cole at first, especially once certain things were revealed about him and another wolf, but in the end he grew on me. I’ll definitely be interested in seeing what happens with him in Forever.

I loved the interaction between Sam and Grace, more of the chaste touches, none of the lust you usually find in YA paranormal books now. So I’m glad that continued from Shiver. Grace’s parents behavior throughout the novel pissed me off even more so than it did in the first book though. They suddenly think they can swoop in and actually be parents and have Grace listen to them? No. They’re more naive in that than they should be as adults. Those parts were frustrating to read because I just wanted to scream at them for Grace. I liked seeing more of Isabel this book, as well as actually reading from her viewpoint. I missed the fact that there was no Olivia, but I’m sure she’ll make an appearance in Forever.

I have to admit that when I started Linger, I took a peek at the end, so I knew what would happen. But even with knowing, I still felt the tension in the end when everything was coming to a head. I tore through the last 50 pages like there was no tomorrow. I definitely cannot wait until I can get my hands on Forever, I have to know how this stunning series by Maggie Stiefvater, writer genius, ends.

3 Responses to “Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Kat

    I’m just about to read Linger– at the beach, just like I read Shiver. 🙂 Sorry it didn’t quite measure up to the first book for you, but I’m glad you enjoyed it anyway. I liked Isabel in Shiver, so it will be interesting to see her POV. Great review.

  2. Lisa

    I felt like this book was a bit slower than the first one. I still really LOVED it, but most of the time nothing really happened, until the last couple of chapters.

    I felt like Linger, was just to lead up to Forever, which I can’t wait to read!!:D

    Awesome review though!(:


  3. Natalie (Mindful Musings)

    I really enjoyed Shiver, but Linger and Forever, while they weren’t bad reads, just didn’t capture my attention as much as the first book in the series did. Maybe you’ll feel differently, though!

    Stopped by from the Saturday Situation!

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