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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)
- Shiver * * * * 3/4
- Linger * * * * 3/4
- Forever (2011)
Author’s Website : www.maggiestiefvater.com
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…
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
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.
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).
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.)
If you read Shiver, you probably already own this 🙂 If you haven’t read Shiver, PLEASE try it!
Going Deeper – NO spoilers!!
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.