Author: Maggie Stiefvater
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.
After reading the phenomenon that was Shiver, I had high expectations for Linger. I wasn't sure if I would like the new characters involved and the changed plot, but my doubts were erased as I read.
The romance between Sam and Grace is easy, wordless and deep. Maggie Stiefvater created a new type of romance with her unbelievable writing skills. The poetry in Sam's songs are amazing and emotional. There are bits of poetry from Roethke and Rilke too, I hadn't heard of them until I read Shiver and Linger, and I'm glad I did because now I'm their fan!
Note: The overall writing style is what I like about Maggie Stiefvater's books; her writing is unique. However, I felt that there wasn't that thick, rich love between Sam and Grace. It wasn't strong enough, the love, it was just there in space, floating around.
Beggining: An enticing prolouge, mysterious and haunting; poetic. Chapter 1 begins from Sam's point of view. I love how Stiefvater changes P.O.V's to other characters it's (sometimes) more enjoyable than just one person narrating the entire time.
The beginning almost instantly began with action, which is awesome, and there's no stop to the action.
Middle: I wasn't glued to the pages as I had been with Shiver, it wasn't that good, but the writing kept me going.
End: It was most definitely not my most favorite ending. I didn't like how things turned out, plot-wise. The ending left me hanging, and hungry for more.
Characters: I love Sam, his character is really sweet and loving, totally lovable. Sadly, he's too...depressing and emo-ish at times. (kind of spoiler in next sentence) He believes that he and Grace can never be together, and he doesn't fight it, you know?
Grace is pushy and bossy and strong, and not so much as Grace as she had been in Shiver. She lost a little glow, but she's still an admirable character.
Cole: strongly dislike. Too emo
Isabelle: strongly dislike. Too mean
Overall: Not as good as Shiver, but still a must-read after the hang-off ending Shiver left readers with.