Publisher: Scholastic Press.
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.
Linger definitely satisfies as the second book in the coveted Wolves Of Mercy Falls series. It follows with the same amount of passion, intensity and gorgeous writing as Shiver, making it a second installment that I absolutely loved.
Compared to the first book, Grace and Sam’s romance is dropped a few levels. I think it took a backseat to unresolved conflict and the introduction of a new wolf, Cole, who turns out to be more than Sam bargained for. The action is scarce as well, but I didn’t mind it all the much. I feel like we got such a large dose of it in the first book, that this is a nice break, since you know the third and final book, Forever, will be crazy intense.
Grace’s slow transformation practically broke my heart. Her despair but curiosity for the entire ordeal literally seeped off the pages. I don’t think I’ve ever been so emotional about a sequel before, but Maggie did such a beautiful job with progressing the wolf inside of Grace right before our eyes.
I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel about the additional POVs of Cole and Isabel, considering I wasn’t too crazy about her character in Shiver. But I actually really enjoyed it. Their connection was a fresh break from Sam and Grace’s soft romance, but all four of the characters worked really well together.
Overall, I loved Linger. Though the romance and action is definitely toned down, this sequel will grab you and keep you hanging until the very, heartbreaking and tear-inducing, end. I definitely recommend this to any fans of the first book!