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Book review: LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater

Kristin Briana Otts is a newly-initiated member of YA Highway. After battling her way through throngs of rabid moose, she acquired the holy grail of Adult Contributor and will be regularly adding her voice to the shenanigans of the YAH blog.

The longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

The loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being human.

The linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life is a constant struggle between two forces - wolf and human - with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

LINGER is the much-anticipated sequel to SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater - the story of a boy who spends his winters as a wolf and the girl who is falling in love with him.

SHIVER was mainly a story about love and werewolves. But LINGER is a story of love and humanity.

Not that there aren't wolves in the sequel as well. There are plenty of wolves - the most memorable being Cole, a newly-initiated werewolf and a completely engaging character. Damaged, stubborn, arrogant-but-vulnerable Cole, who made me simultaneously want to hug him and stab him with a dull butter knife (because even when I wanted to stab him, I really didn't want to hurt him too bad. I'm sure you understand.)

There's also Isabel, who is equally damaged, equally vulnerable, equally fascinating. While reading SHIVER, there was a small part of my brain (the part that wasn't wrapped up in Sam and Grace's romance) that wondered if maybe Isabel might turn out to be a total bad@$$. As a matter of fact, she is. She is also a heart-breakingly, gut-wrenchingly real teenage girl. Which somehow makes her even more of a bad@$$. (Forgive the censorship, but YA literature doesn't allow cussing. *insert-tongue-in-cheek*)

And, of course, there are Sam and Grace, the same two lovebirds that we remember from SHIVER...and yet not the same. Because Sam and Grace have new problems, new fears, and new dreams to face in this sequel. They are not stagnant; they leap off the page, and LINGER takes their character development to a whole new level.

When I found out that SHIVER was meant to be a trilogy, my greatest worry was that the sequels would never live up to the first; that they would never bring anything new to the table, and the novels would just keep going without any real additions to the plot or the setting or the cast of characters. I shouldn't have worried. Maggie Stiefvater does a fantastic job of keeping us firmly grounded in the world of SHIVER, while at the same time introducing us to a new conflict, new people, new story.

4 out of 5 stars!

LINGER will be available in stores July 20, 2010.

~Kristin O.
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  1. I have to say first, that I hate you a lil bit right now! LOL

    As all the YAH's know, I ADORED Shiver, won't stop talking about it and cannot wait to read Linger.

    I want to be Maggie when I "grow up." hehe (I'll even give bagpipes a go!)

    Great review KrJ!!

  2. Great review, Kristin! I'm definitely looking forward to this book.

  3. I really want to read this book! Awesome review :)

  4. Lovely! Must read this. (And, um...Shiver. Hey, I'm 38th in the library queue, it's not my fault!)


    I'm hoping if I keep voicing my need for this book around the internet, the universe will take pity on me.

    *looks around*


  6. Green with envy here. Lucky girl to read that book. I have already bought it and I eagerly sit by my mail box until July.

  7. I'm so excited to pick up this book that I am jealous that you got the chance to read it before everyone else! Thanks for the review.

  8. I can hardly wait and yes...I'm totally envious. :)

  9. I really want to read this book! Awesome review ...............
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  10. Wow, clearly, I am over a year behind on reviewing this book, lol!
    However, I loved your review of "Linger." I also loved the combined dynamic of Cole, Isabelle, Grace and Sam in the novel. I can't wait to read "Forever" and find out how their stories end!! :)
    - Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of "Linger" by Maggie Stiefvater


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