by Maggie Stiefvater
pub: July 2010
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.
LINGER progresses Sam and Grace's story with Stiefvater’s evocative writing style that delivers intense emotion, complex characters and haunting drama.
The first book, SHIVER, alternated between Sam and Grace’s points of view and it worked. LINGER introduces two more POV’s – Cole and Isabelle - and I was skeptical about having four first person POV’s. But, gotta say, Stiefvater pulls it off. Sure, sometimes I was wishing to get back to Grace or Sam but I enjoyed Cole – mega rock star turned werewolf – exploring all his twisted emotional layers, watching him develop. And Isabelle is a good sassy match for their budding relationship.
Sam is still his sweet self, struggling to acclimate to his new situation and forge the bond between himself and Grace who has her own difficulties. Lots of secrets, tensions rising - I don’t want to say too much, especially if you haven’t read SHIVER – which you should before you delve into LINGER. More about the werewolf curse/disease is revealed. And while I found the story a bit slow at times - I had that same problem with SHIVER – the characters are once again engaging enough to keep me reading.
The ending? Dramatic. And leaves you hanging, with equal parts bittersweet and hopeful, and wondering if Sam and Grace will ever catch a permanent break. UGH! How long do I have to wait for the next one?
COVER: I've never loved these covers - as in, "WOW! Look at those covers!- but I really, really like them. They're simple, elegant and poetic.
BOTTOMLINE: Enjoy poetic writing and haunting romance - werewolf style? Read SHIVER. If you like it, read LINGER.
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