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 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.
I’ve been waiting a while to read this one. I read the first book, Shiver several times back to back last fall. Do you ever get those books where you almost don’t want to read them, because you know they’ll be so good? Or you’re afraid they won’t be as amazing as you’re expecting? This was one of them.
Linger started a little haltingly for me. I think this was more due to the fact I haven’t read Shiver recently, and the prologue threw me off. The characterization is still strong. Some reviewers have said they didn’t care for Sam and Grace in this book, and identified more with Cole and Isabel. While the second couple had a really strong plot, I had no problems with Grace and Sam’s storyline. Struggling with maintaining a relationship, respecting parents who seem out of touch, and the grief Sam was struggling to master all felt emotionally real and valid.
Cole and Isabel dealt with more concrete or mature problems. Coming to grips with losing your brother and learning to face the consequences of your actions are important things teens deal with.
While I didn’t agree with some choices Grace made, I understand why she made them. When you’re a teen, and to an extent afterward, we run into situations where we feel like we have no choice.
I liked Stiefvater’s switch from a two person narrative into four. It worked for me, and I liked the way the different storylines merged and crossed. I’m curious to see what happens in Forever, and if we see Grace’s best friend Olivia again.