Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Summary: 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.
Overall: 4.5 stars
Linger is a great installment to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series! Where we were left off in Shiver was quite the cliffhanger and Linger definitely lefts us off with that same feeling of mystery.
In Linger we alter from the pointed of view of Grace, Sam, Cole, and Isabel. I really enjoyed reading the book from different views because we got to see more of the story unfold instead of discovering out everything that’s been done behind the scenes. I sometimes found Isabel’s voice to be a little annoying at times, but I felt that having her say of things help develop her character.
It is now turning to spring and Sam is expecting his friends to be changing back to humans with the warm weather but he knows that the time for most of them is up and they won’t be turning back anymore. Cole, one of the new wolfs, is trying to get away from his old life and start a new one; one where it doesn’t require to think about a thing and to let yourself go. Grace is fighting with a terrible illness that may be more than it seems and Isabel is still getting over the hurt of losing jack and creating a friendship with Cole.
I enjoyed Linger more than I did Shiver and felt that I got to know the characters more. I loved the romance and feelings shared between Grace and Sam. And I really just loved Sam as a person so much! He’s so gentle at times and sensitive but that’s what makes him Sam and a likable character.
Over all, wonderful job! The writing was absolutely beautiful and flowed so nicely. The mystery continues and we are left to wonder if Sam and Grace will ever be together. Can’t wait for the Last and final installment of the series, Forever!