Review : Linger

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Pages : 360
Genre : YA, Romance, Werewolves
Series : The Wolfes of Mercy Fall, Book 2
My Rating :

From the series’s website :

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.

I was really looking forward to reading Linger, sequel to the beautiful Shiver. While it didn’t live up to my expectations, I still enjoyed it enough to get to the end – and now I’m a bit impatient to read the final book of the trilogy!

Stiefvater writes beautifully, I can’t deny this. And while I loved the fact that, in Shiver, the narration alternated between Sam and Grace, this time around I found it less enjoyable ; mainly because the author chose to narrate the story from no less than four points-of-view, sometimes changing in the middle of a scene. I get that she tries to take the reader into the characters’ minds, but for me it got a bit confusing.

But back to the story : Sam and Grace are still completely in love, a love that I found to be intoxicating. They depend on each other so much that I wondered if one stops breathing, will the other survive? Their love is strong though, and believable, and I do think they belong together. I was glad to see more of Isabelle, whom I loved in the first book, and while Cole is a difficult character to “get”, I really enjoyed what he brought to the story’s dynamics. I also found interesting all the “science” surrounding the wolves, and it really makes me want to know more about it.

Finally, I have to mention Grace’s parents! Many readers have noted how absent they were in the first book, but this time around their presence can’t be denied. To me though, they weren’t suddenly being good parents : on the contrary, I thought their motivation was a bit selfish! They didn’t take care of Grace as long as she was perfect, and the day she “acts out”, they suddenly want to put rules and constraints : I felt they were more annoyed for having to care for her, than really worried for her.

Like in Shiver, I thought the story was slow to start, but once again the author created a very strong ending!  Like I said, I loved the last pages and I can’t wait to put my hands on Forever. Oh, the wait!

Also, how beautiful is the cover? As lyrical as the writing is, for sure!

Series Reading Order :

  1. Shiver
  2. Linger
  3. Forever (coming 2011)

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8 responses to “Review : Linger”

  1. bermudaonion says :

    I just won copies of Shiver and Linger and I’m so excited because I can finally see what the fuss is about!

  2. christina says :

    I know this series is so popular. And I’ve heard that they’re awesome. Unfortunately I just cannot get into werewolves (which made the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob easy for me).

  3. Emily and Her Little Pink Notes says :

    Today I finished reading Shiver and I really did not like it, a shame because I am into werewolves and I enjoy romance. Superb style but overall I couldn’t get into the story, those characters, their motivations. One of those scenario in which I should say “it’s not you, it’ me” as I read many good reviews

  4. toothy says :

    this is another series that i haven’t read. i really need to start the hunger games and this one too. every time i open up my google reader all i ever see is posts about the hunger games and shiver/linger. i’m starting to feel a little left out of everything.

  5. kay says :

    Kathy : I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on those!

    Christina : Haha, yes, that would solve that debate quickly for you!

    Emily : I’m sorry to hear that. I agree with you that the style is superb though. They’re not my favorite characters but the writing is one of the main reasons I’m still reading those.

    Toothy : I would recommend to start with The Hunger Games, which in my opinion is far superior! It’s true these books are everywhere, but The Hunger Games really deserve the hype in my opinion.

  6. Tara SG says :

    I think I liked this a little more than you did only because I really enjoyed Isabel’s and Cole’s POVs (which surprised me).

    I completely 100% agree about Grace’s parents. I had strict parents that would probably react like they did, HOWEVER, my parents were always strict.

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