Note: This review assumes you’ve read Shiver, the first book in the trilogy. Other than that, it is spoiler-free.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Linger begins shortly after where Shiver leaves off. Sam is human. Him and Grace have their entire future together. Sam must take on Beck’s role and welcome the new wolves back as spring comes. Enter Cole, one of the new wolves with a less than pristine past and no desire to make this easy on Sam. Add a mysterious illness to the mix and Sam and Grace find their lives once again not really in their control.
When I put down Shiver this summer, I eagerly awaited my copy of Linger to come in at the library. Shiver left me wanting more. By the time I finally got my hands on a copy of Linger and the chance to read it, a few months had passed and my eagerness had subsided. Had I anxiously devoured Linger right after I finished Shiver, I think I may have enjoyed it more.
I liked Linger. I really did. But it didn’t grab my like Shiver did. It seemed to start off very slowly and I’m pretty sure I was 150 pages in before the I felt the story really started moving. And I’m not sure if my feeling that way is a direct result of the book or a result of my start and stop distracted reading this week. But whatever caused it, that’s what I felt.
I enjoyed the addition of Cole as a character. I liked that we got more Isabel (although I could do without the 700 references to her eye makeup). I think the way those two characters developed was great. And although I love Sam and Grace and I love Sam and Grace together, I’m glad that there was more than just them.
The writing is beautiful, just as it was in Shiver. I just wish the pacing and plot had been there, too.
I’m intrigued by the way Linger ended. It was much different than Shiver and I’m interested to see how it develops in the final book. I wish I didn’t have to wait for July to see how this trilogy concludes.
PS: Did I completely miss that the text in Shiver was blue? Really?