Monday, 1 October 2012

Review: Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Spoiler warning! This is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and so this review will contain spoilers from book one - Shiver. If you haven't read Shiver then look away or check out my review of Shiver instead, right here!

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Author: Maggie Stiefvater. Website|Twitter
Published:  21 July 2010 (Scholastic)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Amazon: paperback|Kindle
Waterstone's: paperback|e-book
Book Depository: paperback

Source: Bought

Plot Summary (from Book Depository):
Grace and Sam must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping dangerous secrets. For Sam, it means grappling with his werewolf past ...and figuring out a way to survive the future. But just when they manage to find happiness, Grace finds herself changing in ways she could never have expected...

My Review:
I was such a huge fan of Shiver that I've been dying to read the sequel! Linger is the second book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy and carries on the story of Grace and Sam.

The first thing to mention about this book is that whereas with Shiver the story was golf from Grace and Sam's perspective in mostly alternating chapters, in Linger we get chapters written from Isabel and Cole's POV as well. It was really great getting to know more about Isabel and get inside her head as I knew she has the potential to be a fascinating character. She had a lot more depth and I felt myself drawn to her in this book. Learning all about Cole made for interesting reading, too.

The writing is still what absolutely makes me love these books. It's just so beautiful and poetic and feels like writing you just want to savour every moment of!

A lot of the plot revolves around what is happening to Grace. It's clear early on that something isn't quite right and there's plenty of mystery and suspense as you wait to find our more. I was completely gripped and wrapped up in all the characters' individual journeys.

Sam is still one of my all time favourite fictional characters. He's just so different from the male leads in other YA series that I've read.

A fantastic sequel that most definitely lived up to expectations! I completely agree with the quote on the back that describes is as the perfect book to curl up with. The characters, writing and plot are all brilliantly captivating and the book held my attention all the way through, and the climax to the action was incredible. If you still haven't checked out these books yet then I highly recommend you do!

Rating: 5*
What to read next: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy
Books like this: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

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