Thursday, September 23, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

(The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers from Shiver. If you don't want spoilers, please don't continue reading.

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 Isabel, 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.

My Review
It took me until Chapter 21 to realize that the text of this book was green. That's why I had such a tough time reading it, I think. Not because of the story itself, but because I don't like to read with glasses on and had to hold the book much closer to my face than usual in order to be able to focus on the page without squinting.

But getting to the point, Linger was a great story. I absolutely loved Shiver and was concerned that Linger wouldn't live up to its prequel, especially considering that Shiver ends on a rather positive note. But although Linger was not an easy read emotionally, it certainly was not a let-down. Throwing her characters through the wringer (again), Stiefvater brings a surprising amount of humanity to her not-quite-human characters that makes them deeply endearing. Sam's point of view as the now-fully-human teenage boy is suitably deep, and, as I read, his emotional scars became my own. Because he feels so deeply, he is able to draw the reader along with him into his world. And whereas Shiver was mostly about Sam and his problems, Grace is really showcased in Linger. She brought her personal problems to the table and, though not always rational, I was able to able to empathize with her choices. In addition to these two main characters, new point-of-view additions appeared in the forms of Isabel, a recurring character, and Cole, one of the new wolves.

At a certain point, the plot unfolds enough that one is able to guess at the remainder of the story; however, this does not detract from the reading. It does, however, make it a little more tragic when you have a good idea of what's going to happen, but you know the characters are either A) in denial or B) trying to hide it to save another character the pain of knowing. After the joy of Shiver's ending, it's hard to watch characters that you're attached to have to suffer anything, much less what awaits them at the end of this book. Linger ends on a cliffhanger - so if you're looking for a happy ending, you may want to wait until the last book of the trilogy is released so you can read them both in one sitting. But if I were you, I wouldn't wait. The agonizing delay between books - in which you wonder what the characters are going to do in the next novel and if everything will really work out in the end - is truly a part of the reading experience.

Forever, the last book in the trilogy, will be released July 2011.

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