Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Published: July 20th 2010 by Scholastic Press (first published July 2010)
Details: arc, 357 pages
Final Copy: Hardback, 368 pages
Synopsis: 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 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.
Thoughts: Wow, 357 pages of pure poetry. Much like Shiver, Linger does not offer a lot of action. The main characters don't go running around, killing all things supernatural. It's about raw emotions. The "what if" situations each character must face in order to survive.
The story takes place right where Shiver leaves off. It's been a couple days since Sam and Grace have reunited. While Sam has Beck's house all to himself, he much prefers the comfort of Grace's bed. During the day, Grace attends school while Sam works at The Crooked Shelf.
After they're both done with the day, they begin to discuss New Year's resolutions. Sam realizes he finally has a chance at a real future. A future for himself and a future with Grace. Unfortunately, fate has different plans from them.
One day, Grace and Isabel discover a dead wolf in the back of Isabel's house. The wolf is obviously a werewolf, but the blood marks on his/her face indicates something different. She/He wasn't attacked, but her/his death wasn't exactly normal. What neither Grace nor Isabel realize is from that moment on, everything will change.
From the very first sentence, the author draws the reader in and compells them to keep reading. "This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one." The reader will instantly question what the author means by this. What will happen to these characters we've grown to love? Only time will tell.
Linger offers the same key players (Grace and Sam), but it also intruduces two new voices. There's Isabel, who was originally introduced in Shiver as a secondary character. And you also have Cole, a newcomer and one of the wolves Beck recruited. When Isabel and Cole first meet, they're instantly drawn to one another. BUT, you also must remember that Isabel is still dealing with the death of her brother. It hasn't exactly been the best year for her. And you also begin to question Cole's motives. What kind of person would voluntarily choose to become a werewolf, knowing the circumstances? You got to love an extra bit of mystery.
Honestly, I could go on and on about Linger. Sadly, if I do, I might end up leaking spoilers, and I am not that kind of blogger. Just know everything is not exactly as it seems. Right when you think you know the outcome, Maggie Stiefvater throws in a twist or two. Linger will break your heart, mend it and break it all over again. In the end, you're left with a bit of loss and hope. Bittersweet, indeed.
Linger is the perfect middle book in a trilogy. It answers some questions, leaves others unanswered and has you craving for more. Dear sweet Maggie, please try to bump up the release date for Forever. My appetite for the Wolves of Mercy Falls has yet to be sated.
To all the fans of Shiver, you will not be disappointed. I might want to recommend a box of tissues though. The last 20 pages are a bit of a doozie.