Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Teen Fiction – Romance/Fantasy
Publication Date: July 2010
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 368 pages
Date Scoot Read: July 2010
Scoot's Rating: 10 – Amazing! Loved it. Read it now!
Synopsis (via 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.
Moving. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Poignant. So many different feelings come to mind when thinking of Linger. This was a wonderful book. Having loved Shiver, Linger’s predecessor, I was very excited to find out what happens next for Grace and Sam. Maggie Stiefvater did not disappoint. Throughout the novel you come to love Sam, with his paper cranes and poetry, even more than you did before (is that possible?). This story is so well written. Weaved within the intricate plot is imagery that makes even mundane things seem interesting; Like toe nail clippings. However heartrending the new story developments were they were written so well I couldn’t stop reading. I enjoyed the additional points of view of Isabelle and Cole. Isabelle was intriguing and you come to know her on an entirely different level while Cole is complex – you hate and love him. At times you just want to hit him, but then he does something unexpected and you can’t help but like him. Linger is the perfect continuation of Shiver and I can’t wait for Forever to arrive to complete the story. There is so much I still want to know! I highly recommend this book!
Random plug for the Audiobook: I listened to this story and it was amazing! The combined talents of Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner and Emma Galvin were incredible. They did a fabulous job and I really enjoyed it. The voice talent –makes or breaks- an audiobook, and they pulled it off. I know there is nothing like actually turning the pages yourself, but if you don’t have a lot of actual reading time this story is totally worth it if you are teetering on the edge of deciding.