Linger {book review} * * * * 3/4

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Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

– paranormal, YA, romance –

reviewed by Tara SG

purchased eBook via Amazon

Book Order (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

  1. Shiver * * * * 3/4
  2. Linger * * * *Β  3/4
  3. Forever (2011)

Links

Author’s Website : www.maggiestiefvater.com

Amazon : hardcover / eBook

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This book in 6 words:

exceeded expectations. I’m left needing more.

Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?

I LOVED Shiver so it’s really no surprise that I had to read this. For those of you who are new to my blog (Hi!), I just wanted to mention that this high rating is rare. This is only the 10th book out of close to 100 to have gotten above 4 1/2.

I bought this the day it came out and put off reading it because I was A) worried that it would not live up to my high expectations and B) afraid it would induce some severe P.A.B.D.. Luckily only the latter proved to be true. This book left me in tears. I need the next one NOW!

Since EVERYONE is reviewing this right now, I’ll try to be brief…

Brief 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.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.

– via GoodReads.com

Plot/Pacing/Writing Style

While I can’t say I’m “happy” with where Maggie has taken the story… It is a great new plot that advances what was started in Shiver and allows us to learn more about the wolves while also allowing the characters to grow and show new sides of themselves.

The pacing was perfect. Each character was dealing with their own issues and it balances out and kept up the pace without being confusing.

I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style. It is poetic without being over-done. She has a way with emotions and scenery and characters that have me stunned. I also love the literary references.

Characters

I did not think I would like the addition of Cole and Isabel as narrators. I really loved them both. Cole was dark and messed up and somehow redeeming. He was extremely interesting and I found him to be quite funny (and maybe just a little sexy). Isabel cracked me up. I was surprised at how often I laughed out loud during such an emotionally draining book.

Poor Grace. I just ached for her this entire book. She is so strong-minded and independent (to a fault). Sam is still emo and trying to figure out what to do with himself. I really loved that they didn’t just jump into their new “happy, perfect” life like nothing had happened. Sam has to learn to trust that he is human and that doesn’t end up being very easy. (I also share Sam’s incredible taste in music.) I really love Sam and Grace’s relationship. They seem to have a mature, balance love that goes deep (I’ll try to find a quote for an example).

Favorite Quotes

Oh there are so many….

“What’s that thing called – that doorstep of a book? The one that covers everything that can go wrong with a person?”

“Candide,” I said. But there wasn’t anyone in the shop to get the joke, so after a pause, I suggested, “The Merck Manual?”

– Sam and Isabel (LOL moment)

I thought about telling her what I was thinking, like you’re beautiful and you’re my angel, but the thing about Grace was that words like that meant more to me than to her… To Grace, these were the things that mattered: my hands on her cheek, my lips on her mouth. The fleeting touches that meant I loved her.

– Sam (Not that I don’t like to be told how pretty I am… but I’m more of a show me how you feel person and I liked that Sam realizes the difference between what he wants and what she needs. She later returns the favor in a sweet gesture of her own.)

Recommendations

If you read Shiver, you probably already own this πŸ™‚ If you haven’t read Shiver, PLEASE try it!

Going Deeper – NO spoilers!!

Grace’s Parents

I had VERY strict parents growing up. They made the hubs sleep two floor away from me until we moved in together (which was 3 years after we started dating and at the age of 22). They would possibly have reacted the way Grace’s parents did. HOWEVER, my parents were there for me and involved in my life. They knew what kind of guy I was dating (well if I had had a boyfriend they would have…) and it wouldn’t have been a sudden “Well shit I guess we should act like parents now!” moment. I didn’t like them in the first book. I really don’t like them now.

Tara SG
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13 Responses to Linger {book review} * * * * 3/4

  1. Jennifer says:

    I could devote an entire blog post just to Grace’s parents. I don’t usually have that kind of reaction to secondary characters.

    I have a new award for you here.

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Jennifer : I really could have gone on and on about it… I couldn’t believe how they acted and yet it still felt realistic and not overly imagined.

      Awww thanks!!

  2. Natalie says:

    Eek! I have Linger sitting on my shelf now, but I’ve been wanting to re-read Shiver before I pick it up. But I’m SO glad you liked it! Especially since we seem to have pretty similar taste in what we like/dislike! πŸ™‚

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Natalie : I will warn you that you need to have time to finish the last half without a lot of interruptions πŸ™‚ It will also make you cry…

  3. cynthial11 says:

    Great review! I felt the same way about Grace’s parents, ugh! I wanted to kick them.

    • Tara SG says:

      @ cynthial11 : Thanks πŸ™‚ I was really shocked that they reacted the way they did, but it seemed realistic even if it was out of line.

  4. Felicia says:

    So what you are saying is you liked the booK?

    Actually I have heard that this is a very good read. So I am guessing the parents are quite a piece of work? That is sad!

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Felicia : You could say that πŸ™‚

      I would recommend you give this series a try even though you don’t read a lot of YA!

  5. Amanda says:

    Re: the second quote

    To me, actions will always mean more than words. Because if one’s actions do not align with his [or her] words, the words become empty and meaningless.

  6. DJ says:

    Great review! I really loved Linger, but I didn’t love it as much as Shiver, which is odd. I think it’s because Shiver was the first book and all. And I love the Candide quote! I read it this year and boy is it a strange, sad book. πŸ™‚

    • Tara SG says:

      @ DJ : I keep meaning to read it. I got to see a really interesting Candide exhibit at the New York library while visiting my sister πŸ™‚

  7. I really like what you say about the two new narrators, just the way I felt about them!I really enjoy reading about Cole and from his POV. I even asked Maggie to write a novel just about Cole and Isabel:D

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