Review: "Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater

In 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.

Back in June, I was asked to run a contest to promo Maggie Stiefvater’s books, Shiver and Linger. As part of the promo I was to review both books. I immediate read and reviewed Shiver (which can be found here), but it took me a little longer to review Linger. I read in a shortly after reading Shiver, but for some reason I had trouble putting my thoughts about the book into writing. But here we go…

In Linger, Ms Stiefvater continues Sam and Grace’s love story. But she also throws in the new character of Cole and bumps up Isabel’s role, as she was a minor character in the first book. Throughout the book, she jumps point of view between these four characters. While, I like the idea of getting into each of these character’s heads, it got to be a little confusing if you aren’t paying attention.

The story takes an interesting turn in Linger. Sam and Grace’s relationship is growing. But Grace has a secret she is keeping from everyone. Then Cole is introduced and he is a dark, angry character, a perfect match to Isabel, who is still grieving for her brother. And all four characters lives are intertwined in so many levels.

This book is more complex than it’s predecessor. When it comes to plot, the story is richer and just sucks in the reader. But I feel it could have been better if the reader wasn’t jumping around in the heads of four different characters. That said, I am looking forward to the final book of the Mercy Falls trilogy.