Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Book ReviewLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Also by this author: The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4), Sinner
Series: The Wolves Of Mercy Falls #2
Also in this series: Sinner
Published by Scholastic Inc. on 2011
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 362
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon

The astonishing #1 New York Times bestselling novel! the longing. 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. the loss. 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 a human. the linger. For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is 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?

Warning: Contains spoilers for Shiver. Don’t be a dumbass and read the review if you haven’t read Shiver then come crying that omfg I spoiled Shiver for you.

I am going to keep this review of Linger, the second in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater relatively short. Mainly because I read Linger super fast and didn’t exactly retain it, and also because I don’t have a whole lot to expound about.

Okay, so here’s the plot in a nutshell: Not all of Sam and Grace’s problems are solved by Sam becoming ‘cured’ at the end of Shiver. Sam is not accepted by Grace’s parents. Grace is becoming increasingly sick and feverish with no reason why or cure. Plus the wolves infected by Beck need guidance, which automatically falls on Sam. Cole, one of the new wolves, has a secret identity and he can’t control his change at all. Then there’s Isobel Culpepper, the mean girl from the first book who is dealing with the loss of her brother Jack, but learning to let people into her life, people like Grace. Isobel finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to Cole. (Also, I feel as though I need to say ‘As The World Turns’ because my summary sounds like a soap opera).

Well, Lingeris quite a change from Shiverin that we get Isobel and Cole’s perspectives. Both are relatively badass and infinitely more compelling as a couple than Sam and Grace. Their relationship actually logically develops instead of coming out of thin air. Also, they aren’t the perfect couple or anything. They aren’t boring. They verbally spar, which is fairly awesome. Plus there’s definite heat between them. Like, girl that chemistry wafts off the page.

The writing in Lingeris still lovely. It’s definitely the highlight of the book. In one word: scrumptious.

There’s a larger danger factor in Linger. Yay. Danger. I mean, with Grace being in trouble and growing a back bone, but also down with the sickness. There is actual urgency, which I like. It’s nice to feel tension while reading.

I look forward to reading Foreverand seeing where Stiefvater goes with the story and how it will all resolve in the end. Hopefully some of my questions involving the wolves and if there is a cure or not get answered.

Disclosure: Purchased copy.

Other reviews of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater:

Consumed By Books
Tahleen’s Mixed Up Files
Mindful Musings
The Story Siren

Purchase Linger by Maggie Stiefvater here.*FYI I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you buy things from Amazon after clicking link.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Agree 100% with all you’ve said, and I think you will enjoy Forever. I found it to be much more similar to Linger than Shiver. More Cole and Isobel, more tension, more danger… all good!

  2. I absolutely love your warning at the beggining, I think that just made my day 😀

    I really need to get around to reading Linger, I’ve had it since like last May or June and still haven’t gotten to it. I really should do so soon.


  1. […] You can read another audio review at Tahleen Reads or a regular book review at Good Books and Good Wine. […]

Leave a Comment


CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: