Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
First published: July 13th 2010, Scholastic Press
Edition: ebook, 279 pages
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Age group: Young Adult
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 Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
I’m the one to usually finish the books I’m reading, because no matter the unappealing to me factors there’s always something in it worth reading till the end. I rarely abandon books, but in case of Linger I couldn’t find it in me to go past half of it.
I liked the first book Shiver. It was kind of a slow development, I actually read it before going to bed, it calmed me. But I liked the general plot and its setting, the way it was portrayed. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is really beautiful, she can draw a very magical picture. Plus the characters were nice and it was easy to relate to their emotions.
With Linger though, aside Maggie Stiefvater’s writing skills, I didn’t get anything to hold my interest. The story was boring and uneventful, I read to the half and still didn’t get the point of it. Yes, I got it that the story was about Grace turning into a wolf, because apparently she can’t escape her fate any longer. Seriously? Wasn’t there anything else to write about?
Personally, I was interested in Olivia’s story. The girl who actually wanted to be a wolf and how she manages her new life still having to shift to her human form. Or about Sam taking Beck’s place and helping the new wolves. Or Grace and Sam’s relationship. Or just anything that wouldn’t look so made up, so out of the blue. And suddenly Grace’s parents are these two totally different people who are crazy about Grace and Sam’s relationship, thinking that Sam spoils Grace. It really does feels like this line was added simply to spice up the story.
I also couldn’t care less about Isabel and Cole, it’s like the author desperately wanted to make them likable, to make the readers as engrossed into their love story as in Sam and Grace’s, but it was just plain boring and unnecessary.
So having read it for some time I discovered that I couldn’t care less about the continuation of the story. From now on it’s only one book about the wolves of Mercy Falls for me – Shiver. It really is good and it’s ending is amazing, and I feel like the story should have really ended there. Well for me it does.