In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, 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.
If I thought the pain of Shiver was too much, I had imagined nothing. Sam and Grace’s story continues a few months later, in Linger, with him now being a human and them looking forward to a future that isn’t mandated by the seasons. But Grace has started to fall sick, and they don’t know what to do. Her absentee parents are waking up to their roles and disapproving of him, trying to keep them apart. Normally, it would have been angst-y but these two – they love each other so much, that it hurts, especially the hospital scene. Then there is also the fact that Sam is technically now the leader of the human pack, and he doesn’t know how to choose between duty and his heart. Add to that, Cole, one of the new werewolves, is a suicidal famous person, something that Sam doesn’t know how to deal with. Finally, Isabel is still trying to cope with the guilt of losing her brother. It was all such a brilliant and heart-breaking plot.
The best thing about Stiefvater’s writing is her characters. No matter what the paranormal situation is, she focuses on the character backstories and their individual struggles. Here in Linger, we get to know Cole and his despair, and Isabel seeing him and being reminded of what her brother died for. And let’s not even forget our adorable Grace and Sam, who have already started to dream a life together, away from insensitive parents and wolf troubles. But besides the romantic relationships, there is also the friendship that develops between the four of them. They all fit together so well, in this equation – they make a great team. I honestly loved this book, but it also made me cry so much. The first half was a bit slow and sad, and the second was mostly me crying, so there goes. Overall, a brilliant sequel, and game-changing in the series.
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