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Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
Purchased from National Bookstore Iloilo
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, inLinger, 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.
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. (Taken from Good Reads)
If Shiver wowed me, Linger took my breath away. It is a beautiful, breathtaking and an intense sequel. It possesses the same type of plot as the first book but there is a new sense of thrill because of rising tension and secrets that are kept. Stiefvater introduces new characters in the story, Cole and included him and Isabel as narrators. This allows readers to have an in-depth look not only on the love-story of Sam and Grace but most especially about the wolves and their way of living.
I like the growth of the narrating characters in the story. Sam is now quite stable in his human form and is getting used to it. He is in constant battle in dealing with the fact that Beck may never come back and he is the one in charge. Not to mention, he has problems dealing with the new wolf, Cole. Cole is dark, damaged and chose to be a wolf to escape his life. If Sam wants to be human permanently, Cole wanted the opposite. I like Cole and Isabel’s constant bantering, it gives lightness and humor in this book. Grace, on the other hand, deals with family and health issues, as her parents decided (at last) to take their roles. Lastly, Isabel deals with her guilt of her brother’s death. She tried to stay away from the wolves, but found herself drawn to Cole.
And of course, I still hate the absentee parents. Grace parents are more concerned of their daughter sleeping with Sam than the fact that she is sick. Can’t they even differentiate a healthy kid from not healthy? Isabel’s parents, Cole’s genius’ parents and including Sam’s adoptive father Beck. Can’t these kids, for once, have adults to turn to rather than themselves? It’s too many crappy parents for one single book.
Yes, the binding still sucks.
I’ll end this review saying that Linger is a very emotional, intense and heartbreaking story I read. The words are masterfully crafted and the plot was well thought of. It will keep you at the edge of your seat, preventing your arms to have the book placed down, and once you’re through – you will crave for the last book Forever.
Avoidance is a wonderful therapy