Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
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Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2)

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The astonishing #1 New York Times bestseller.

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 i...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Morgan F
It's about time I write this review.

I wasn't blown away by Shiver, but that doesn't mean I wasn't eagerly waiting for Linger. I seem to be in the minority here, but I liked Linger more than I did Shiver.

I still don't understand Sam though. I've decided not call him gay anymore, because he makes it abundantly clear that he loves Grace. So instead, I will just call him feminine. I mean this boy
1. bakes bread
2. reads German poetry
3. writes sappy love songs
4. cooks
5. folds paper
6. is sensitive (ak...more
Janina
Hm. When this book arrived, I wasn't so sure if I should read it right away or if it would be better to wait for the final book of the trilogy, Forever, to be available. In the end, I was simply too curious ;).
But a small warning: This book ends on a major cliffhanger.

Altogether, the book wasn't bad - rather slow, though - but it was one of those sequels that wouldn't really have been necessary in my opinion.
While I wasn't totally ecstatic about Shiver, I definitely would have remembered it as...more
Jasmin
Maggie Stiefvater has a divine way with words. She describes things in vivid detail that had the ability to enchant anyone. She concocts beautiful colloquies that leaves the reader in raptures.

I am a reader.

So why the hell am I giving the book Linger, which was written by an exceptionally talented Maggie Stiefvater, two stars if I'm all praises at her writing?

What the hell went wrong?

Well, I honestly don't know either, but despite the writing being lyrical as most goodread users put it, the book...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
5.5 stars

You know that feeling when you’re floating on water? All your senses are dampened, you are weightless, careless and completely relaxed. There aren’t any loud sounds, you are safe, perfectly happy and everything else seems a mile away... That’s EXACTLY how Maggie Stiefvater’s writing makes me feel. I want to hug this book and never ever let it out of my sight.

Grace and Sam are finally together, but they live in fear. They are constantly afraid that things will go back to the way they we...more
Kira
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Linda
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist

While reading Linger, I kept thinking, "Wow, I really like this. This is awesome. But I still like Shiver better..." And I kept that sentiment up until the last few chapters. Then it ended. And now, I have to say that I like both books EQUALLY. I agree, Linger's ending isn't entirely out of the blue, and I actually had my suspicions that the story *would* end "that way," but my reading experience was still enjoyable and engrossing.

I do think it's fair to say that the tones of Linger and Shiver a...more
Lora
In the second installment to the Wolves of Mercy Falls series: Sam is having trouble believing in his cure, Grace is acting strangely and feeling like she doesn't fit into her own skin anymore, and a new wolf is in Mercy Falls: Cole, the once lead singer of a popular rock band, NARKOTIKA, is dealing with the issues of straddling the line between man and wolf. But honestly? He'd rather stay a wolf than deal with the problems that come with being human.
Meanwhile, Isabel, the girl who had to deal w...more
Heather
Aug 19, 2010 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
Reading and reviewing Linger has made me empathize with Aron Rolston all the more (for those of you who don’t know Aron, he is a mountain climber who had to cut his own arm off while he was literally trapped between a rock and a hard place). As many of you who have read my reviews know, there is no love lost between Shiver and I, and one would presume that my extreme dislike, nay loathing, of said book would have prevented me from reading book two. But alas, my damnable curiosity got the better...more
Thomas
There are certain books that inspire me so tremendously, so irrevocably, that I know these books fuel the flames of my passion for reading and writing. Shiver, and now Linger, have joined these ranks.

Linger is the sequel to Shiver, and continues the bittersweet story of Sam and Grace, two lovers who fight for the right to be together. Sam stays sorrowful in the absence of Grace and desperately tries to avoid his past. Grace grows weak and frightful, while her hopes of a future with Sam dissipate...more
Miss Kim
This one barley made 4 stars for me...

Sadness. Despair. Hopelessness. Depression. Impending doom. This is the tone of the second book in Ms. Stievfater’s Mercy Falls series. I absolutely loved Shiver, but the tone of Linger just brought me down. I should have been able to read this in one or two days, but it took a week because I kept putting it down.

Sam and Grace are still the main focus in this story. Sam is no longer a wolf, and things should be great right? Wrong. Sam is conflicted about los...more
Tirzah Price
In the last weeks of winter, Sam has stayed human, much to Grace's joy, but the cold still haunts him. Grace is just happy to be with him, even though she knows that their problems are far from resolved. As spring approaches, the new wolves are changing back, even though one of them, Cole, would like nothing more than to lose himself in his wolf form, and Isabel's father is more than willing to help eradicate the wolves in the forest completely. And through it all, Grace is keeping a secret, som...more
Joyzi
Feb 20, 2011 Joyzi rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind plotless novels
Recommended to Joyzi by: Maggie Stiefvater
I can say that Maggie still showed her talent of writing beautifully in this novel, the way she wrote it was really really good that it made the book tolerable despite its flaws. The book for me was okay it could be amazing but my problem with the book was it's completely plotless, plotless, plotless, and it was also extremely slow in pace.

I think the last part of the book was the only one that makes sense that I thought finally that...okay, somehow it has a plot and probably I would still be re...more
Kay Fraser
How do you start the review of one of the best books you have ever read?
Do justice to it? I'll do my best.

Linger is the story of Sam, Grace, Isabel with the introduction of a new character to the mix Cole.

I don't believe in spoilers. I believe in telling people the reasons why this book is such a need for readers of the genre. Here it goes. Words describing what to expect.

Grace: Changing, Unpredictable, Strong, stoic, beautiful as ever, In pain, loving, considerate, and for the first time extre...more
Riv
Originally posted at: rivreads.blogspot.com

I was a little tentative to start Linger because of the multiple points of view. As you know, instead of Shiver's two characters-Grace and Sam-we have four; the original two along with Isabel and Cole.

I felt like the plot buildup was a little slow. It started out awesome; I had high expectations. Then something happened that made me really excited, but then it died down again very quickly. The main problem was something wrong with Grace, and I felt like...more
Phoebe
Aug 24, 2010 Phoebe added it
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Sophie Riggsby
What can I say? Except I loved Shiver and truth be told, I always fret a little bit about sequels. I mean, can an author capture that feeling of my first infatuation with a book? That delicious little feeling of "Wow, I have to keep reading this?"

Well, I have to say that Maggie Stiefvater did. She did it all over again and I sit back amazed at her storytelling skills.

This time around it's not just about Sam and Grace. There's more...in fact there are four POVs represented in the book. And while...more
Arlene
Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy the book Linger … for the most part that is. Grace and Sam are definitely a likeable set of characters and the overall plot has a strong dose of intrigue to it. However, I found it a bit too slow paced for the first 300 pages or so as our main character suffered through headaches, fevers, bloody noses and fatigue waiting for the inevitable to occur.

The multiple POVs had me skeptical at first, and I think Stiefvater could...more
Nomes
Linger gets off to a slow start - which I didn’t mind b/c the prose is engaging and I liked the characters from last time - so it was nice to settle into the groove.

Problem is - the slow start lingers until halfway through the book.

200 pages of Not A Lot Happening.

At which point I check the blurb to try and figure out what the book is about anyways - because half way in and I had no idea.

sooo... after finishing it i’m still not sure what it is about? what were the stakes? what did the protags...more
Amber
May 03, 2010 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who's a Sucker for a Werewolf Teenage Romance Novel
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Lauren Wilson
I am not going to compare Linger with Shiver by saying it was better or worse because really, for me, that's like comparing snowflakes: very different but the same. Linger still had Sam, Grace, Isabel, the cold air, the sad feeling. But it also was different. New character, new point of views, new realizations.

As a Shiver fan, I was worried that these two new point of views (Isabel and Cole) would just be painful chapters while waiting for Sam and Grace to talk, but this was not the case. Part o...more
Jackie
This is the second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, and it is no less magical than the first. Sam is trying to adjust to being a full time human AND the leader of the pack of winter wolves as an early spring thaw occurs. Some of the new members are having problems, and a new theory of how the "changes" occur is formed out of desperation as wolves die and Grace seems to be suffering from the same sort of illness they are. The sense of the ticking clock is very prevalent in this book, and...more
Kim
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Krys
In a cover letter in the ARC of Shiver that I received a year ago Stiefvater said it best. “When I wrote Shiver, I committed the cardinal writerly sin of falling in love with my characters. My objectivity was toast.”

I’m afraid that has happened to me as well. Grace, stoic Grace, all hard angles and pragmatic - Sam, lovely Sam, all open wound and broken. When I closed my copy of Shiver I cried a little. It was such a beautiful ending I didn’t want to let them go. Now Stiefvater continues their me...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
Jul 11, 2010 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Readers who liked Shiver and are willing to continue the melancholy journey
Emotions shiver through wanting hearts and hopes linger even above the tragedies behind and ahead. . .

Maggie Stiefvater's Linger, the sequel to 2009's poetic Shiver, opens with possibilities now that winter is coming to a close and spring is on the horizon. Grace and Sam, lovers once torn apart by the seasons and changes that separated them, now find themselves on a road that is no longer forked. . .but joined. The question is: will they be able to keep their paths together even with all that ma...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Maggie Stiefvater’s (MS) writing calls to me. I have enjoyed every story I’ve read by her so far. A lot of it just has to do with the beautiful way she puts words together to paint pictures in my mind. Like Shiver, Linger is not full of action and suspense but it is a story about people and I’m drawn into it all the same wondering what will happen to these characters.

I liked Shiver because it was a love story about two people overcoming incredible odds and accepting each other for exactly who an...more
Crystal
I didn't love the first book, but liked it enough to continue on and unfortunately what I did like in the first is lost in this sequel.
The story takes off after Sam is "cured" and how life has developed for him and Grace. Also in this one the point of view shifts to Isabel, the girl who lost her brother, and Cole, one of the new werewolfs that Beck created. This shifting of views really started to confuse me by the middle of the book. The author would shift from Cole to Sam right in the middle o...more
Mari
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Lisa Smith
Mar 07, 2012 Lisa Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who loves supernatural werewolf comming of age love stories
Recommended to Lisa by: Books 4 Review Club
Maggie has done it again! This was one of those books that I couldn't stop reading. I should have been working, or cooking dinner, or cleaning, but instead I was reading. I loved it. I don't see how I am possibly going to wait for the last installment of this trilogy. This is one of those series that you become so involved with the characters that you feel like you really connect and get all of them. I have read books where the characters are just there to facilitate the story, but here the stor...more
Lina
Linger reminds me of Withering Heights and Romeo and Juliet in the sense that, melodrama, if written well, can seem like real poignant emotion. Linger is an improvement over Shiver, only because of the new POVs Isabel and Cole. Isabel is the best female character in the series and Cole is an artistic male lead who is not an irritant. Grace and Sam remain disgustingly in love, but I find myself hating Sam more than Grace. The thing about Grace is, she's not an idiot. At least not in the same leag...more
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All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech...more
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