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Novel Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2

Teen ∴ Urban Fantasy > Werewolves ∴ Romance
Published July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Pres
Audiobook ∴ 360 pages, 10h 40m

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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 a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life 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?

I have to say I was quite frustrated with this book. The feelings of Twilight have gone for the most part, but I’ve never felt such anger toward adults since I was like 14. Anyway, the only emotion this book brought out in me was anger. I wasn’t nervous, sad, happy, nothing. The character development was slow or non existent, with the exception of Isabel. I am, however, invested in this series and in Maggie, so I’m determined to finish it.

So there’s lots of teenage angst in this book, more-so than I would’ve expected. I really think Shiver could’ve been a standalone and it would’ve been alright.

There’s very few details about how the wolves came about and no one seems concerned about it. As a matter of fact, there’s very little going on with the wolves in general in this book. I know it leads into Forever, but they seem forgotten, the plot was lost.

Now, Maggie had me in a rage about Grace’s incompetent parents. It’s scary how accurate she is with their ignorance and stupidity. I was thinking of a thousand different ways I would have dealt with the Brisbanes, and NONE OF THEM WERE IN IT! They were never corrected. They were just left to drink in their righteousness and then *poof*, they’re gone. Just so angry.

Any way, Linger leads into Forever better than Shiver did. There’s an idea about what’s going to happen in the final and/or third book (depending on how you view Sinner). I hope the ending gives some clarity and closure, because if not, I’m gonna be pissed. I’m lookin’ at you, Maggie.

**Fun fact: Maggie narrates her character, Shelby, in the audiobook of Forever. That’s cool, huh?

∴ 3.5 stars ∴

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