Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

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, Linger is quite a change from Shiver in 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 Linger is 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 Forever and 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

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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.

Comments

  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.

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