I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
on July 13, 2010
Also by this author: Forever, The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys, All the Crooked Saints
Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Also in this series: Forever
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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 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.
I know that whatever I say about this book is not going to covey what I really feel about it. It’s impossible to put it into words. You may think that’s silly but it’s true. So I’m going to start off by repeating something I said in post awhile back: I rate a lot of books 5 stars. To me 5 stars means I loved it. It let me escape my everyday troubles and just have some fun for a bit. 5 stars means I cared about the characters and I would read the book over again, if I had time. But in light of just finishing Linger, I feel that I must clarify, there is a class higher than 5 stars. Only very very special books make it into this category.
As you have already guessed Linger definitely makes it into this esteemed category. Linger was one of my most anticipated books of 2010. It made me do a happy dance in my PJ’s in the middle of the road when I got it. Not many books make me do that. Scratch that, no books make me do that. So of course I started reading asap and I was not disappointed. From the very first page Maggie Stiefvater pulls you right back into the beautiful world she created in Shiver. Her writing is like nothing I have ever read before. It’s beautiful and lyrical and maybe just a bit magical. In this book, like in Shiver the tension builds slowly throughout the book until you just can’t stand it anymore! And then BAM! I need Forever NOW! These aren’t action packed books but I think I like that better. They slowly draw you in until you realize that Sam and Grace are all you are thinking about and you just have to finish the book.
Speaking of Sam and Grace….sigh. What a incredible romance! I love them. I love Sam….Their relationship was put to the test in this book and they still have some very big hurdles ahead of them. Did I mention I can’t wait for Forever? They are the new YA it couple in my opinion. Maggie has created characters that you can’t help but love and we get to meet some new ones in this book. Like Shiver, the point of view alternates between Sam and Grace, but in Linger we also get Isabell’s POV and a new character Cole’s. Cole is one of the new wolves and he’s got a huge set of baggage. At first I wasn’t happy about Cole taking my Sam time but I grew to really like him and his part in the story. I can’t wait to see where Maggie takes his character. Isabell is a lot of fun. She has a lot of problems but she’s snarky(aka bitchy) and it was fun to get to read more about her.
These characters aren’t just words on a page. Maggie Stiefvater brings them to life in a way that some authors only dream of. They get in your head and make their selves at home.
Like I said before, whatever I say in this review will not do this book justice. You just have to read it yourself and experience it first hand. That’s what this book is, an experience. That’s what puts it in a class above the rest. I’m really proud of getting through this review with just saying OMG I loved it!!!! Because that’s how it makes me feel. I hope you love it as much as I did.