Monday, July 26, 2010

Book Review: Linger

Author:  Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 13, 2010)

Reading Level: Young Adult

Source: Advanced Reader's Copy

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Description from GoodReads:

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 Isabelle, 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.

I received a copy of Linger back in March and basically inhaled it in one sitting.  However, it was too early to write a review at that point.  Anyway, I am glad I saved my review though for now because I can do a back to back post.  First, a review of Linger and then follow it up with an Author Event post about Maggie's visit to Borders/Glendale.  Maybe even a contest for that ARC I have.

Back to my review of Linger.  Last year, I accidentally happened upon Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.  I was looking for a book to read and saw a display on release day and picked it up.  I read it straight through and fell in love with Grace and Sam.  Stiefvater's writing was lyrical, heart-warming, and moving.  There was something magical about it and I wasn't referring to the werewolves.  It was probably my favorite read of the summer of 2009, and I highly anticipated the release of Linger.

In March, I had a chance to finally find out what happened to Sam and Grace.  Linger picks up where Shiver left off.  (Please note there will definitely be spoilers for Shiver and I will attempt to keep this as spoiler free for Linger.) Sam has supposedly been cured and isn't shifting from boy to wolf based on temperature.  This should be an exciting time for Grace and Sam.  However, this is a book 2.  I say this because book 2 is always where the author takes her beloved characters and makes them struggle, suffer, go through really crappy things.  And Stiefvater does not disappoint.  These are the things that I *hate* about book 2, in any series. There were times while reading that I wanted to throw the book and other times when I wanted to scream at Stiefvater.  Yes, I get emotional when reading about my favorite characters.  And if the characters didn't struggle, the author wouldn't have done her job.  Without saying much more about some of those struggles, let me just say keep the tissue box close by.

Now that you know what I *hated* about Linger.  Here is what I loved about Linger?  I loved the addition of a new wolf, Cole.  Cole is charming, sexy, and definitely a bad boy.  You will love him.  He plays well off of Isabel's character and offers a bit of relief from the emotional rollercoaster that Sam and Grace are navigating.

What I am still up in the air about? Grace's parents have a much more prominent role in this book than they did in Shiver.  I have mixed feelings about the transition from book 1's lack of involvement to book 2's extreme involvement.  I'm still not sure about this, but you will have to see what you think about it.

Finally, the ending of the story, though the cliff-hanger, was somewhat predictable.  I am not certain if the ending was the most natural progression for the story or if it was just the easiest.  Despite though having a strong idea about how the book would end (not all of the details but the conflict), I still cried.

Linger may not win over any Shiver fence-sitters, but it will definitely be a book that passionate fans will be eager to read and devour.

If you post any comments, please keep them spoiler free.

Congratulations to Maggie Stiefvater for debuting at #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller List.  Now I wonder if I can hack into her computer and download Forever?

-Aly

17 comments:

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  2. Thanks Linsey for reading and commenting.

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  3. I pretty much agree with your review, except for the part about Cole. While he is definitely charming and sexy, I thought that, emotionally, his POV was just as hard to read as Grace's and Sam's were, especially after what happened with Victor. Despite, or possibly because of, Cole's hardships, he is officially my favorite character ever :)

    I found your blog through Bloggers Meetup, and hope to meet you at a future event, if you plan on attending any.

    Cade
    Braintasia Books

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  4. Cade - Thanks for reading the review and commenting. I hope to be at the August 4th meet-up. As for Cole and his story being equally hard as Sam/Grace, I think the whole book was emotionally hard. However, I think Cole's "snarkiness" (for lack of a better term) in dealing with everything was a good contrast to Sam (and also Grace). Sometimes it is hard to put everything into a review without revealing too much but love comments and happy to discuss more if I see you in person.

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  5. I can't wait to read linger!

    Awesome review this makes me want to read it more!

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  6. Ana Luisa Cunha NorteJuly 31, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    I just loved Shiver and I really want to read Linger.
    But now, after this review, I NEED to read Linger!!
    All the feelings now are back and stronger!!

    Beatiful review

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  7. After reading the review it's sort of teasing me because now I want to read it even more!!!!

    Great review!!

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  8. Great review! It really makes me want to read Linger. I'm not sure I like the sound of her parents' roles changing though.

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  9. Dana - It was interesting listening to Maggie talk about this part in her author event, as well as, talking with some friends about it. It makes more sense now. It will be fun to see what you think after finally reading Linger.

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  10. I like this book, I want to know what happens with characters and his love =)

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  11. So want to read it! Great review! :)

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  12. I am so looking forward to this sequel to Shiver.
    Thanks for a great review

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  13. I stopped reading the review when I came to the line saying that there are spoilers. I still have Shiver in my TBR pile and I don't want to spoil my reading experience with it. But of what I have read so far, I have a very pleasant read to look forward to :)

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  14. Hard to talk about Linger without spoiling Shiver some...no worries. And I responded on YALitReview that Maggie has done a tour in England so you may have a chance at some point to meet her. :-)

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  15. Lovely review. I'm salivating to read now.

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  16. I have not yet read linger but shiver was an amazing book and this review makes me want to read it even more!!!!!!!!

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