Friday, 21 May 2010
ARC Review: Linger - Maggie Stiefvater
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.
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.
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:
Linger (July 2010)
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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 Forever! Maggie 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:
I'd So Rather Be Reading
What Book Is That?
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