August 9, 2010 at 8:57 pm 1 comment

If you haven’t read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, stop right here!  You’ll enjoy the book’s sequel Linger so much more if you’ve read Shiver.  I don’t want to spoil anything, so you’ve been forewarned…

Sam and Grace finally found a cure for Sam’s werewolfism, and are trying to get on with their lives. But now that Sam is in charge of the pack, including new wolf Cole, he has to come to terms with the life and family he left behind in the woods.  Meanwhile, Grace is feeling the fevers and nausea of a new wolf but knows shifting is impossible for her.  Isn’t it?  Ever since she was bitten as a child, she’s never shifted, but what if it’s finally her time to join the pack?

My review: If you read my review of Shiver when it came out last year, you know that I straight-up loved that book, so Linger had a lot to live up to.  I liked it, but in a very different way then Shiver.

The first book was told from the perspectives of only Grace and Sam, and it was urgent and heartbreaking and you could feel their longing and fears and love.  Linger adds two narrators: Isabel, whose brother Jack was killed trying to cure his werewolfism, and Cole, a new member of the pack who wants the wolf side of him to take him over.  Because the book is told by all four of them, it’s simply different from Shiver and it took me a while to get used to that. 

After a few chapters, I started feeling like Isabel and Cole’s hardness, their brittle shells and defense mechanisms, made me wish for the voices of Sam and Grace even more.  When it was Sam or Grace’s turn to speak, I felt like sinking into their relationship was a comforting relief from Isabel and Cole’s sharp edges.  I love Sam and Grace and everything they’re willing to do for one another in order to stay together.

But beyond the relationships, I just love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing.  She has the ability to choose a perfectly striking word or phrase.  Like Grace’s impression of Sam’s paper cranes: “So many stories and memories folded up for safekeeping; how like Sam to hang them all above him while he slept.”  Or Sam’s thought, when looking at pictures of the members of the wolf pack as humans, that the pictures were full of “faces waiting to be reinhabited.” 

If you want a love story, you can’t do better, but you’ll have to get through a little heartbreak in book two in order to (hopefully) break through to the other side in the last book in the trilogy, Forever, which comes out next July. 

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater is now available at the library.



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