Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Original Publication Date: July 13, 2010
Overall Grade: 5 out of 5 stars (*****)
Under the barrage of werewolf/supernatural romance that is seen in the Young Adult genre today, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is a refreshing new package on an old thing. In Shiver, I was intrigued by the aesthetics of the book—the midnight blue ink on the pages, and the cut paper silhouette cover where the the wolf in the foreground was barely discernible from the blue leaves. Inside, at the beginning of each chapter, the author listed the temperature for each character’s point of view. It was something I had never seen before, so Shiver had to be read. An interesting, scientific take on the “werewolfism” disease…
Linger continues Sam and Grace’s storyline, with the interesting addition of Cole and Isabel. I felt in Linger, that Sam and Grace fell a little flat, except toward the end. Cole however was an amazing character. He was just the kind of person that sucked you into his world, and shut you out of it again when it got difficult for him. He was lifelike, and enthralling. Maggie Stiefvater did a fantastic job of giving him a believable personality, and with the link he has to suicide and the music industry paints a fairly accurate picture of the life of a musician—minus the werewolf bit.
It has been quite a long time since a book like that has pulled me so desperately into its world, and wouldn’t let me go until I was on the other side of the story. Linger was definitely more interesting than Shiver, in spite of the presence of Sam and Grace’s uneasy romance.