Friday, 21 May 2010

ARC Review: Linger - Maggie Stiefvater

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?

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy:
Shiver
Linger (July 2010)
Forever (TBC)

Visit Maggie Stiefvater's website for more information

Review:
I was so excited when Lynsey offered to lend me her ARC of Linger but when I actually had it in my hands I was quite nervous about reading it.  I loved Shiver so much and I was worried that Linger might not be able to live up to my expectations but I was so relieved to find that I had been worrying needlessly.  I don't want to give any spoilers for Linger so I'm not going to go into any great detail about the plot, I'm just going to say that if you're a fan of Shiver then you don't want to miss this one!

I wasn't too sure how well it would work having 4 different narrators telling the story but it didn't take me long to get the hang of it and I didn't find myself getting confused about who was speaking.  We already know both Grace and Sam's voices well from Shiver but I enjoyed getting to know Isabel better - her sarcasm still makes me laugh out loud and it was fun watching her interaction with new pack member Cole.  I found Cole an intriguing character and I'm curious to find out what will happen to him in Forever.

I was a little surprised that we didn't get to see more of Olivia in this book, she is mentioned briefly at the beginning but we don't actually get to find out what has been happening with her which I found strange.  I can only assume that she will have a part to play in the final book in the trilogy. 

Overall I really enjoyed Linger (and I confess to having tears in my eyes at the end) but I can't believe I've got to wait a year for ForeverMaggie Stiefvater has done it again, capturing all of the romance of Shiver and wrapping it up with wonderful characters (both old and new) - this may be character driven rather than action packed but Linger is one young adult romance you really don't want to miss.

Source: This ARC was lent to me by Lynsey from Narratively Speaking - thank you so much Lynsey!!

Other reviews of this book:
Narratively Speaking
I'd So Rather Be Reading
What Book Is That?
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.

10 comments:

  1. Nice review! It makes me want to read the book even more. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

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  2. I loved it Christina :o) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  3. I think I'm a little worried about high expectations spoiling this book as well.. cannot wait to read it.

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  4. I havent read shiver yet but linger already?wow, i have to read this soon!

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  5. I'm even more excited for this now! Thanks for the review, Sarah!

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  6. Nice review Sarah! I got a copy of Linger yesterday and I'm having a hard time starting it. You summed it up nicely when you said you were nervous and not sure if it would live up to your expectations. I feel quite the same way! But I have hope now that you have said that you enjoyed reading it.

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  7. @ Clover - I was a little nervous but I definitely wasn't disappointed! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)

    @ Darlyn - Ooooh you're going to love Shiver!!! I can't wait to see what you think of it :o)

    @ So Many Books - You're going to love it Sophie, I don't know how Maggie does it but she surpassed my expectations with Linger!

    @ Serpentine Librarian - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I was worried beforehand because Shiver was so great & really could have been left as a stand alone book but I really enjoyed Linger. I can't wait to see what you think of it - I'll keep an eye out for your review :o)

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  8. @ Clover - I was a little nervous but I definitely wasn't disappointed! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)

    @ Darlyn - Ooooh you're going to love Shiver!!! I can't wait to see what you think of it :o)

    @ So Many Books - You're going to love it Sophie, I don't know how Maggie does it but she surpassed my expectations with Linger!

    @ Serpentine Librarian - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I was worried beforehand because Shiver was so great & really could have been left as a stand alone book but I really enjoyed Linger. I can't wait to see what you think of it - I'll keep an eye out for your review :o)

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  9. I am so jealous of you have an ARC!=) I will have to come back tyo your review. I just cant read it and not get more excited.

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  10. @ Chas - The ARC isn't actually mine but I was very lucky to be able to borrow it from a friend - I was so excited when she offered to lend it to me :o)

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