Thursday, July 22, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Aah, I can honestly say that Maggie Stiefvater didn't disappoint me. Linger, told through four POVs of Grace, Sam, Isabel, and newcomer Cole. Each voice was amazingly different, so unique and powerful. Every chapter was exciting and a thrill to read.

Grace and Sam had me crying with joy to be able to hear their story continue to unfold. The connection between them was unbelievably real, it's as if while you read you are there with them. That is how alive this novel became.

Isabel and Cole's voices were just as amazing, each unique and entertaining. I especially connected with Cole the second I read his first chapter. He was my favorite to read most besides Sam.

Aside from the wonderful story tellers, I found the twists and turns, and sweet and bad moments hitting me hard. Everything surprised me, which is extremely rare. I can usually guess what is bound to happen, but not with Linger. You will be blinded until the last chapter or so. I am still in awe over Linger, that I can't speak.

Maggie Stiefvater once again amazes me by writing such a powerful and breathtaking novel. I feel as if it is a gift to read her writing. That's how strongly I feel. And now thanks to her lovely sequel, I am left almost in tears at the realization that I have to wait another year until the Forever releases.

But I'm positive it will be worth the wait.

Rating: 10
Plot: 10
Characters: 10
Writing: 10
Originality: 10

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Pages: 368

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