Book Review: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

April 15, 2012 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2012, YA 4 Comments

Book Review: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie StiefvaterLinger Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Press on July 13th 2010
Pages: 360
Genres: Fantasy, Werewolves
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

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 a 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?

The Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater {PurchaseMy Review}

‘This is a love story. I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.
I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.’

Grace has never been sick a day in her life since the wolves attacked her when she was a child. Lately, she’s been plagued by a constant headache and a fever that burns deep and has her fearing that this is much more than just the flu. Sam, now human despite the brutal Minnesota cold, still feels as if it’s too good to be true.

Cole is one of the new wolves that Beck turned before he changed for the last time. Cole was an interesting and multi-faceted character. An ex-rock star in his pre-wolf life that was a junkie on the road to disaster. When he was approached by Beck he agreed to the change seeking a respite from the life he had created for himself. Sam and Grace shared the stage with the introduction of the growing attraction between Isabelle and Cole. I found the two couples to be vastly different yet managed to complement each other in the story wonderfully.

Maggie’s writing remains vibrant and beautiful. There’s really no other way to explain it… simple yet not. She’s an amazing writer. I especially loved the small snippets we were given of Sam’s poetry/song writing abilities.

‘I’m an equation that only she solves/these X’s and Y’s by other names called/My way of dividing is desperately flawed/as I multiply days without her’

The ending of Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) left me with little doubt that I needed to start Forever immediately. I needed to know the ending to the story even though I have a distinct feeling that it’s going to break my heart. Here’s hoping I’m wrong. 🙂

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater”

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    New look, like it. I am trying to finish this, listening to it on audiobook and just haven’t had time to finish it. I know what you mean about Maggie’s writing, so amazing. I love listening to it.

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    • Bonnie Regan

      Thanks Heidi! I bet it would be awesome to listen to she’s such an amazing writer. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Flannery (The Readventurer)

    I came over to catch up on your posts that I’ve missed but I haven’t read the last two series (your latest posts:() so I didn’t want to spoil anything. I only read Shiver from this series and I’ve never felt totally intrigued enough to read Linger. I think I’ll read it eventually. If you 4-star liked it, I bet it is worth the time:)

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    • Bonnie Regan

      Yes, Linger was enjoyable but not nearly as much as Shiver. I actually thought it could have ended with Shiver, but oh well. I ended up reading them mainly because I found Forever to buy for $3. Can’t pass up a good deal like that. 🙂

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