**spoiler alert** Ugh. What can I even say about this book? It was fabulous. Just fantastic.
I went in it prepared to be a bit disappointed because I w**spoiler alert** Ugh. What can I even say about this book? It was fabulous. Just fantastic.
I went in it prepared to be a bit disappointed because I was quite certain it couldn't possibly top Shiver - how great that book was and the range of emotions it instilled in me. I was wrong. Linger was just as brilliant.
I was a bit hesitant about the addition of the new character, Cole, just because he was that love to hate bad-boy character with, seemingly, no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Up until about two hundred and fifty pages in I was wishing he'd get run over by an animal control truck or captured and introduced into a zoo. However, though it takes an age that hovers right on the edge of irritating, the character and some of his motivations suddenly become clearer and, god help me, I went from hating him and wishing nothing more than a wolf-fur throw rug for him to loving him and hoping we see much more, as I suspect we will, of him in the next installment.
Grace and Sam are possibly two of my favourite book characters that I've been introduced to in the past few years and there's so much I love about them that it would take an essay to get it all out. Linger was crammed full of angst, heart-melting moments and of course, the big, ugly-cry heart fail at the end.
I'm definitely highly anticipating the next installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and anxiously wondering how things are going to turn out. Will Sam (with, I assume, mad scientist jr. Cole's help) find a real cure for the shifting and, in doing so, be able to reunite Grace and Sam? And there's definitely an as yet unquantifiable something developing between Cole and Isabel that I'm definitely wondering about. Will we see any Olivia in the next one? And what about Beck? I certainly hope so.
Overall, I can't recommend this series enough. For everyone. Normally I'd give the "young adult lovers" and "paranormal romance fans" recommendations, but this series is so fantastic, that I think it transcends those and could be enjoyed by just about anyone. Go read it. You know you want to....more
**spoiler alert** A great first book in the series, Marked quickly grabbed my attention and I read it in one sitting. The characters were all well wri**spoiler alert** A great first book in the series, Marked quickly grabbed my attention and I read it in one sitting. The characters were all well written and the quirky, humorous writing style brought many a smile to my face as I sped through the book, willing my eyes to move faster.
Overall, an interesting story about Zoey, a human girl who is 'marked' as a fledgling vampyre and her introduction to her new home, the House of Night school, where she will develop into an adult vampyre, or die in the process.
Throughout the book, Zoey is basically the protagonist in a typical good versus evil, right versus wrong story, as she discovers her differences from the other fledgling vampyres at the school and starts to explore and learn to control her unique gifts, using them to do right, as she interprets it.
Of course, there is the mandatory enigmatic, gorgeous male vying for her attention. Erik Night, so far, seems a character of contradictions. Why is he a Dark Son, knowing the evil and hateful stance of the elite group he belongs to? Is there more to him that there seems to be? I know I can't wait to find out.
Well worth the read if you're into paranormal romance.
Rating: PG Mild violence and, mild language and sexual references, sexual themes and mild drug references...more