Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
“Linger” is the sequel to “Shiver” and the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. This review may contain some spoilers for “Shiver.” If you haven’t read that book yet, you may want to read that review instead – and maybe you would like to enter the giveaway for both book at the bottom of the post.
Grace and Sam are thrilled to finally be together for good, without the pesky problem of Sam turning into a wolf and never again being human. You see, Sam was a werewolf, turning from wolf and back to human with the changes in temperature. Now, though, Grace and Sam’s biggest problem is the fact that her parents seem to dislike him more and more with every passing day. Until Grace finds a dead wolf in the woods. After that, she begins to get strange headaches, fevers, and nosebleeds. An illness that others pass off as simply a virus, but Grace knows is something more. After finding a way to stay together, are Grace and Sam going to lose each other yet again?
“Linger” took “Shiver” and made it ever so much better.
Don’t get me wrong, I really liked “Shiver,” but “Linger” was a much richer, fuller story. Many people complained about Grace’s parents absenteeism, but now they start to wake up and are actually somewhat present in Grace’s life. In addition, the relationship between Grace and Sam becomes more realistic. The reader sees both of them spending time doing things apart and with other people, instead of being together all of the time that Grace isn’t in school. They clearly care about one another, but they are still their own people – even Sam who hasn’t had that much opportunity to be a person. I also just thought that Cole and Isabella’s storyline was much better developed than Jack and Isabella’s storyline was in “Shiver.” I would have liked to see a little more with Olivia’s story, however.
If you were on the fence about the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, I think that “Linger” should tip you towards yes. If it is any indication of where Stiefvater is going with this series, I cannot wait for the last book in the trilogy. Highly recommended.