Friday, August 20, 2010

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

Their eyes, human eyes in wolf skulls,
remind me of water: the clear blue of
water reflecting the spring sky, the brown
of a brook churning with rainfall, the
green of the lake in summer as the algae
begins to bloom, the gray of a snow-choked
river. It used to be only Sam's yellow eyes
that watched me from between the rain-
soaked birches, but no, I feel the weight
of the entire pack's gaze. The weight of
things known, things unsaid.

Sam, who spent most of his life as a werewolf, has undergone an unlikely cure and no longer transitions between fur and skin as the temperature changes from cold to hot. This should be a happy time for Sam and true-love Grace, but just as he begins to trust his new human life, Grace feels her humanity slipping away. Sam's focus is split between worry for Grace and his role as caretaker of the werewolf pack, which for the first time in years includes new members.

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved Shiver, the first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I loved everything about it from beginning to end. In fact, it is one of my favorite books. I would have been fine if Shiver was a stand-alone book because the ending was perfect, in my opinion (You can read my review of Shiver here). That being said, I was a little weary when I first heard that there would be a sequel to Shiver, but I was still excited to see where Maggie Stiefvater was going to take the story.

Overall, Linger was a great story. I did not think it was as good as Shiver, but it was still pretty great, so I am glad I read it. I still love the way Maggie writes. It is beautiful to say the least. In addition to Sam and Grace, I definitely enjoyed Isabel and Cole as new narrators especially Isabel. I love the way she thinks and operates. The way that she speaks is just great. I love her sarcasm. Cole is pretty great too in a suffering soul type of way.

Sam and Grace were amazing as usual. I love the way they are together. They definitely face new hardships in this book. Things I would have never expected, and I do not know how they are going to overcome these new obstacles. After everything they went through, I could not help but feel sorry for them.

I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book, Forever. I wonder how Maggie is going to tie up everything. July 2011 seems like a long wait...

Rating: 4.5/5

Swords are for fighting,


  1. Hey!
    Like you, I loved LINGER but didn't think it was as good as SHIVER, which was absolutely phenomenal and emotionally addicting!

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  3. Great review! I loved Shiver and I'm looking forward to reading Linger soon!

  4. Even from the cover, I was amazed. The cover made me want to read the book, and when I did read the book I was doubly amazed. The author, to me, had an unusual way of writing, but overall it was great.