(Book 2 of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: 2010
Source: Bought on Amazon
Paperback : 416 pages
In 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 dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past ... and figuring out a way to survive the future. But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected...
If you haven't read Shiver, the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, you can read my review of it here.
When I read Shiver several months ago, I fell in love with the story, the general atmosphere of the book and the style of writing. I thought it might be a stand alone novel but I was thrilled and a bit weary to see that it was in fact a trilogy. When I picked up Linger, I had this mixed feeling of high anticipation and fear I wouldn't like it as much as I liked Shiver.
Well, a few pages into the book and my fears most entirely dissolved. I was again falling for the characters, the atmosphere and the style. I can spend hours describing how much I loved this book and why. But I won't since
Sam has become a man who won't be changing into a wolf anymore whereas Grace is feeling the call of the forest more acutely than ever before. But she can't change, can she? Sam comes to terms with being the new leader of the pack, but he finds it hard without Beck.
If you haven't read any Maggie Stiefvater books - Uh, are you even living on the same planet?!! - you should. She has a unique way of writing and she gives an incredibly interesting dimension to the werewolf myth. Her characters are irresistibly flawed, they have doubts and they are always real. If you have read Shiver, then fear not fellow reader, you won't be disappointed!
The book is told from the alternate point of view of lovers Sam and Grace as well as from the ice queen Isabel and the new member of the pack, Cole. Isabel was one of my favourite character in the first book and I loved to get into her head. Cole is an interesting choice for a narrator and it was fascinating to get to know him. Some parental figures play an important role in the book, that's quite interesting to read as well.
You will *love* the evolution of the werewolf thingy - I love when fantasy makes sense.
The book is perfect and it feels just right. It is one of those books you'll keep next to your bed to reread and rereread whenever you lay your eyes on it and feel again all those powerful emotions embottled in its paragraphs.
I love that book.