Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

October 17, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Book Review: Linger by Maggie StiefvaterTitle: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by: Scholastic Press on July 13, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
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the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.
the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

Also in this series: Shiver
Also by this author: Shiver

I went into this thinking it would be slow-paced and dragging like the first book, but I was pleasantly proven wrong. Maggie did a great job writing this book and I found myself very interested and eager to see what would happen between Grace and Sam.

I think I enjoyed this book more than the first because there were more things going on. You got to see Sam and Grace together. Their relationship is so cute and so new, yet strong and intimate, you can’t help but hope they stay together forever. I also really loved the secondary characters like Isabelle and Cole. They’re both pretty snarky, stubborn, and messed up in their own ways, definitely interesting characters.

Throughout the book Sam battles with the fact that he won’t ever become a wolf again, while dealing with the new wolf in town, Cole. Cole isn’t your typical nice guy, he’s pretty messed up, and a rock star to boot! But his role in this book is crucial and he did add some lightness and humor to a rather serious book. I loved the interactions between him and Isabelle. Grace has to deal with her growing health and familial issues and then they all come to a grave realization about the fates of the wolves, each other, and themselves.

The ending was pretty awesome and I’m so ready to jump right into Forever, the 3rd and final book, I can’t wait! I wasn’t giving this series high hopes after reading the first book, but after this one, I might have to go back and read the first to see if I can get a new perspective on it. Definitely a good book to read.

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