Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, July 13, 2010
Pages: Hardcover, 360
Series: #2 The Wolves of Mercy Falls
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
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.
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?
I am a huge fan of Shiver, the first in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but now I’m an even bigger fan of Linger. This is one of my favorite follow-ups in a long time. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is beautiful and sad at the same time, which made me feel for the characters and their predicaments even more this time around.
Sam and Grace are wonderful characters and they don’t disappoint, but Maggie added two more perspectives to the mix: a new character, Cole, and Isabel. I loved these characters and they couldn’t be more different from Sam and Grace, which provided a nice balance.
I like that Linger took a more scientific approach to explain the wolves — you don’t see that in most paranormal novels – and I think it worked. It wasn’t overly complex yet I found myself believing shifting could be possible and I like how Maggie makes this paranormal world seem completely normal. I think that’s what makes a great story.
For some reason I can’t explain how much I love this series in simple words. Once again I stayed up very late reading this book and considered starting Forever, the next in the series, right away because I couldn’t get enough but now I think I’ll try and pace myself and make the series last longer. I just don’t want it to be over!