“Seriously, I Will Read Your Book”
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Young adult writer Maggie Stiefvater pushes to Grace fulfill her destiny and Sam to grapple with his non-wolf form.
By Maggie Stiefvater
Scholastic Press 2010
In 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.
Lara’s Review: With Sam not shifting he can finally start dreaming of a normal life. But, his ties to the pack are strong and not easily untied. After a run in with Grace’s parents Sam is on their ‘uh-oh’ list and Grace struggles to be with Sam takes on a more complicated tone.
Cole has pushed the limits of his human life and now he seeks the solstice of the mind of the pack, but he finds that sometimes what one wants and what someone deserves are two different things. Isabel discovers that being strong all the time is taxing and when Cole pounces into her life, she becomes further enveloped in the world of the wolves in the woods of Mercy Falls.
Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a different character point of view and mindset. For me, bouncing back and forth between four people created a barrier into really getting into the storyline. It didn’t help that I wasn’t all that interested in two of the people, Cole and Isabel. As a side character Isabel was interesting in the first book. But, for me personally, she is not a character I’d choose to spend one on one time with. Cole, turned out to be an important part of the book, but again, his personality wasn’t that appealing.
I appreciated the new struggles Grace and Sam had to deal with. As a reader I felt bonded to those characters as the story moved along. Their reactions and interactions with those around them felt very realistic. This sequel was good, but not as captivating as Shiver. I plan to read Forever. The end of Linger peaked my interest and I plan to read what Maggie has in store for the wolves of Mercy Falls .
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- Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (veronicam46.wordpress.com)