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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, book #2) by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

by Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-12328-0
Suggested Ages: 13-18 (Some slight mentions of sexuality, drugs & violence - very minor though)

Description: 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 Isabel, 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Her description of the landscape and the wolves is so breathtakingly lovely and realistic that you feel you could reach out and touch
  • All the dialogue that comes out of Isabel's mouth
  • The relationship between Grace and Isabel and the relationship between Grace and Rachel
  • Stiefvater really understands those on the cusp of being adults. The confusion, the angst and well just the heightened emotional stages of young adults
  • Fascinating storyline that keeps you wanting more and makes you impatient for book 3 to come out
  • Cole, interesting new character with a fascinating back story
  • The character development of Isabel

The Not so Good Stuff
  • The ending of this particular book you could see coming from almost the 4th or 5th chapter.  It was still a great ride, but you knew what was going to happen

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make do so many different things. I never knew there were so many different ways to say good-bye."

"My colleague informs me that I spoke too strongly. I am watching Grace make Italian Food."

"Hick allergy. Isabel said. Grease allergy. Where I used to live, we had real coffeehouses. When I say Panini here, everyone says bless you."

What I Learned
  • Being a wolf sounds pretty cool
  • Sucks to go from wolf to human and back again
  • Parents are almost always portrayed as selfish dufus' in YA, Than again when I was that age I thought my parents were dufus' too
  • I'm very impatient -- when the hell is the 3rd book coming out?

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Pretty good for anyone over the age of 13
  • Not for the emotionally sensitive
  • Fans of paranormal fiction

4.5 Deweys

I received from Scholastic in return for an honest review

Listen to Maggie read from Linger at Scholastic 

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