LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]
Linger is the follow-up to Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, and it is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If, like me, you have only recently discovered Shiver and Linger, don’t worry, this is going to be a spoiler-free review. In Shiver (read my full review here), we meet Grace, a normal human girl, and Sam, a member of the local werewolf pack. In this mythology, the weres involuntarily transform into wolves when temperatures are cold, so they spend their winters as wolves and their summers as people. Sam desperately wants to stay human and have the opportunity to live a normal life with Grace, but the werewolf curse seems to keep getting in their way. Linger picks up where Shiver left off and continues the story of the Mercy Falls werewolf pack.
As much as I liked Shiver, I thought Linger was even better. There are a few new characters, and in addition to Sam and Grace’s points of view, we also hear from Isabel and Cole (a new werewolf). The changing narration took a little time to get used to, but each character has a distinctive voice, so I ended up enjoying it. Cole is a cool bad-boy type while Isabel is snarky and outspoken, which contrasted nicely with Grace and Sam. Maybe it’s because of the four different points of view, but Linger also seemed faster and more exciting than Shiver.
Overall, Shiver and Linger are wonderful books and examples of YA paranormal romance that can be enjoyed by both adults and teens. Since the two books have a lot of similarities to Twilight, it’s hard not to compare them to each other, but Stiefvater’s poetic writing sets her series apart. Like Twilight, romance is at the heart of Shiver and Linger, so I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a sweet love story.
Quotes from Linger:
This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.
I never knew there were so many ways to say good-bye.
You could write a book about things that you can’t find online.
I had this feeling that he and I, in this moment, were a car crash, and instead of putting on the brakes, I was hitting the accelerator.
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Scholastic Press | Pages: 368 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon