Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Synopsis:SYNOPSIS HERE!!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.
My Thoughts: If you've read my review on Shiver, you already know I'm going to tell you how much I love this book. Shiver was incredibly wonderful, and Linger was even better! In Shiver the narrating was switching between Grace and Sam, which was so wonderful, to see events from two different minds! In Linger we get to add to more views and insights. We get a deeper peek into the mind and life of Isabelle, and a brand new character Cole. I absolutely love reading the story from all their perspectives, and getting to see inside every character's head, the characters easily become real people, and they slip right into your heart and yank at it!
Now, I really can't go into to much here without giving away anything, so this may be a short and sweet review. In Linger Grace and Sam think the finally have what they wanted, but life is constantly throwing obstacles in their way. Grace's parents find out just how serious their relationship is and they decide now is the time to start being parents. This results in strict rules, and even stopping her from seeing Sam. This literally broke my heart. Her parents going on and on about how she is only 17 and she doesn't know what love is blah blah blah, she'll survive. I hate that. I really really hate when people decide for you how capable you are of being in love. No one knows how you feel but you! Besides, it kinda hits a soft spot for me I was 16 when I started dating my now Husband. He even proposed to me, and we moved in together. Ya, I was still in high school, but when it's the one, you really just know. and Here we are now, married, with 3 kids, and even more in love than we were back then! I'm not saying everyone in love at a young age is in real love, but I'm saying it does happen! Me and Jenn both met our now Husbands in high school.
Anyway, enough of that rant =P. Aside from that, Sam now has to assume the role as leader of the pack. As Beck's adopted son, it's his place to start taking care of everyone now, and with a bunch of new wolves, that won't be so easy. Especially with one new wolf in particular, his name is Cole. Cole comes in with a whole lot of baggage and a very troubled past. All he wants is to just be a wolf full time and escape his life. That is until he meets Isabelle, she finds a way to get inside him like no one ever has, and just maybe, he can try to become the good person, that deep down inside, he really wants to be. It doesn't help though that he's carrying a secret that if discovered could expose the entire pack for what they are. Grace is also carrying her own little secret. Something is wrong with her, and getting worse all the time. She is trying to keep it secret because when her and Sam do get to see each other, she doesn't want to ruin their limited time together with her scared thoughts. But things just keep propelling downward, and she may not be able to keep it secret for much longer. Will Sam find out what's going on before the worst imaginable happens? If he does find out, will he be able to help her?
This book is so jam packed with emotional story line. My emotions were all over the radar! I could not put this book down! when reading the last 30% my husband was trying to talk to me, and I told him whatever he had to say was going to have to wait because there was no way I could stop now! So I stayed buried in my book until the end. Then I closed it, hugged it, and I cried. I sat there and cried, and then my husband teased me so I had to stop crying =P.
This is a love story you won't soon forget. These are books you are going to want to have on your shelf. They have easily made it into my top favorites. You'll want to own them not only because they are amazing, but they are so beautiful to! amazingly designed covers, and the font inside matches the color of the book! I got so excited when I opened Linger and found green font, how cool is that? I might be easily entertained, but I thought that was just awesome!
Without a doubt, I recommend this book, go read it. right now! Add it to your TBR so you don't forget! If it's already on there, make it your next read, you won't regret it, you may even thank me :). This series is going to have a special place in my heart, that's for sure.