Series: Wolves of Mercy Falls,
Published by Scholastic Inc. on July 1st 2010
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
“One thousand ways to say good-bye
One thousands ways to cry
One thousand ways to hang your hat before you go outside
I say good-bye good-bye good-bye
I shout it out so loud
Cause the next time that I find my voice I might not remember how.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Linger
The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller. 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.
This Book Contains Spoilers From Shiver! Beware!
This book made me cry. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction to this book at all. Linger picks up a few weeks after the events in the first book. Sam is now human trying to figure out what that really means, while Grace is grappling with the fear that her future may not turne out exactly as she planned. These turn of events was interesting, because it underscored how little Sam has in his life outside of his relationship with Grace. It was frustrating, because Grace keeps secrets she should never have kept. In Shiver, the two appear to talk about almost everything, so I didn’t understand this intense need to keep such big secrets. However, the two had many nice moments that suffered once Grace’s parents became concerned all of a sudden over her life.
Speaking of parents, I liked how Stiefvater continues to make them a big presence in Grace’s life. It added a realism to the book, despite the other fantastical elements to the story. However, I was just as annoyed with her parents as Grace was. You can see my Shiver review here to see more on what I think of them. As much as I like them being present in the story, deciding to be parents now that Grace is four months away from 18 years old, and 1 1/2 years away from leaving home seemed absurd. They actually had no interest whatsoever in their child’s life, until she found someone who cared for her. Too little. Too late.
Cole, Cole, and Cole. I just don’t really like him. At first when this crazy rockstar turned wannabe werewolf popped up on the scene, I loathed him. So much so, that I almost decided to skip his chapters. He’s selfish, self-involved, egotistical, and a major asshat. I was not happy when it appeared he was getting his own romance, and like Sam wondered why he was even here. I will admit that I began to appreciate him more by the end of the book, but if Stiefvater had left his part on the “cutting room floor” (as they say), I wouldn’t have been sorry. If you, like me, read this and detest Cole, don’t worry. It gets better once you get past this book.
Sam and Grace not talking to each other was the worst. After everything that happened between them in the first book, this seemed a bit contrived to cause extra angst. Trust me, it wasn’t needed with everything else going on. I would have preferred for them to be a unified front against Grace’s parents, instead of Grace looking like a brat.
Do I Recommend?
Yes! Despite the things that irked me, I actually enjoyed this book more than the first. The danger of the wolves’ secret being discovered was heightened, along with the true nature of Sam and Grace’s relationship. I also liked Isabel getting a bigger role in the story.