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Friday, July 23, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Release: July 13, 2010

Others in the Series: Shiver

Source: Borrowed ARC/Purchased
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 Isabelle, 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.

With Linger comes the addition of two new narratives – Isabel and Cole. The former is not new to the world of Mercy Falls. As Jack’s sister, she played a key supporting role in Shiver. The latter, however, is a completely new character, unknown to readers. Both narratives offered a unique look at the characters. It was wonderful to get to see some of the events through Isabel’s eyes. In Shiver, she caught my attention as a highly complex character, who was hiding behind her popular girl fa├žade. After the death of her brother, I knew she’d grow ever more complicated, and it made her narrative all the more intriguing to read. Likewise, I greatly enjoyed Cole’s fresh voice. It was everything that Sam and Grace’s are not – edgy, sharp, quick to the point, and devil-may-care.

Not only was Cole’s narrative a great addition, his character in general brought a lot to the story. He was a great foil to Sam’s character, just as Isabel is to Grace. Through their interactions, more of Sam’s history is ascertained and you get to see a new side of him. Together, Isabel and Cole brought a lot to the story, peppering in witty banter and dark humor amidst the more serious events of the novel.

As for Sam and Grace, I think Stiefvater did an excellent job of continuing on their story. Even though I would’ve loved for it to have been all rainbows and puppies, she acknowledged a lot of the issues that still clouded or had the potential to cloud their relationship. The individual characters of both Sam and Grace are also more deeply explored. Shiver was very much about the two of them coming together to face their issues. In Linger, they have to deal with them separately, and it allows more breadth for the exploration of their individual characters and what made them who they are. It was wonderful to get to learn more about the two as individuals and see how they’d grown and changed since Shiver left off.

The ending to Shiver, as many may remember, was quite emotional. It was one of the few books that brought me to tears. In fact, I pretty much bawled for the last fifty pages. The ending to Linger was not quite as emotional. This time, I could see the ending coming upon completing the first hundred pages. This made me less surprised when it actually came. If anything, I was looking forward to seeing how it would pan out, what the logistics would be, and where Stiefvater would leave us. Even with my foresight of how it would end, I was still not happy with it one bit. Stiefvater has crafted yet another ending that will leave readers wanting more. Quite possibly with even more fervor that upon completing Shiver.

In the end, Linger was not quite up to par with Shiver. However, I still greatly enjoyed it. It was an overall wonderful novel that fans of the series will enjoy nonetheless. And like me, they will probably be waiting on pins and needles for Forever, the conclusion to this lovely trilogy.

5 stars!

2 comments:

  1. Excellent review! I haven't read Shiver yet. I'm a bit behind on the trends.

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