Book Review: Linger – Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Linger
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
ISBN: 9780545123280
Pages: 368
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Teen/YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

After the events of Shiver (which this review may contain spoilers for), Grace and Sam have settled into a tentative existence and a consuming relationship.  Neither of them truly believe their troubles with the wolves are over, and that suspicion is confirmed when the new wolves that Beck turned begin to change.  Though they are both trying to live normal lives, Grace and Sam must come to terms with what the wolves mean to them, and the fact that they will always be connected to the pack.

Review:

I definitely didn’t love Shiver, but I appreciated its uniqueness and was glad I read it in the end.  When I heard that Linger was coming out, though, I really wanted to read it.  That might be surprising, considering my feelings about Shiver, but I always like reading sequels, even of books I didn’t completely enjoy.  Once the characters and main storyline are established, the author has a lot more room to be creative, and I felt that was exactly what happened with Linger.

I really liked where Stiefvater chose to take the narrative.  I was both shocked and surprised by how it ended.  Stiefvater really began to develop the mythology of and the science behind the wolves and I enjoyed reading about it.  I loved the complications she threw in and I thought the set up for the next book was excellent.  Stiefvater really took what she had and ran with it, leaving a suspenseful and exciting ending for the reader.

One of my main complaints with Shiver was Grace’s nonexistent parents, and boy did that change in Linger.  Grace’s parents decides to take an interest in her life now that she was dating Sam and definitely didn’t like what they saw.  They became intrusive and meddlesome.  While I found them incredibly annoying, I also thought their reactions were pretty realistic, given the circumstances.

Another issue I had with Shiver was Sam and Grace’s relationship, and I have to say that it continued in this book.  I understand they are in love, but they both act like they will die if they can’t sleep together for a night.  I disagree with Grace’s mom when she says that teenagers can’t be in love, and it must be lust, but at the same time, they are way too overdramatic.  If it really is love and it’s forever, a few nights apart won’t kill them!  But I say that, and then remember what they’ve been through and also that there is a sense of fear and foreboding hanging over this entire novel.  Deep down, they both know they don’t have long to be together, so every day, every second counts.  But still, the teenage drama/angst really doesn’t sit well with me.

Overall, I did enjoy Linger.  I thought it took the strong points of Shiver, and while it didn’t leave the negatives behind, it definitely either dealt with them head on or dialed them down.  I’m really glad I gave it a chance, despite not loving Shiver, and have no doubt I’ll pick up the next book in the series.

Comments

  1. I haven’t read Linger yet, but I have seen nothing but positive reviews of the book which makes me want to read it even more. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it improved on some of the issues you had with Shiver.

  2. I haven’t read Linger yet, but I have seen nothing but positive reviews of the book which makes me want to read it even more. I’m glad you enjoyed it and that it improved on some of the issues you had with Shiver.

  3. Excellent review. You brought up a lot of good points — the relationship (which I too thought was a bit obsessive) and the 180-degree turn on the parents. But I think Stiefvater has developed an interesting world and good characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it all ends.

  4. Excellent review. You brought up a lot of good points — the relationship (which I too thought was a bit obsessive) and the 180-degree turn on the parents. But I think Stiefvater has developed an interesting world and good characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it all ends.

  5. You know, I didn’t love Shiver either, and mostly for the reasons you did. Based on your review, I think perhaps I should read Linger after all – I think I might like it better.

  6. You know, I didn’t love Shiver either, and mostly for the reasons you did. Based on your review, I think perhaps I should read Linger after all – I think I might like it better.

  7. I have been thinking that these books would be perfect for my daughter, and I’d actually like to read them as well. I am glad to hear that you liked this second installment better. It sounds like even though there was a lot of angst, it was still a great book. Thanks for your insightful review!

  8. I have been thinking that these books would be perfect for my daughter, and I’d actually like to read them as well. I am glad to hear that you liked this second installment better. It sounds like even though there was a lot of angst, it was still a great book. Thanks for your insightful review!

  9. My daughter LOVED Shiver (I haven’t read it yet). I do alot of eye-rolling when I read about all that dramatic, teenage hysteria, but I understand that if I were 16, I’d probably love it. I suspect that I will have to buy her Linger soon…

  10. My daughter LOVED Shiver (I haven’t read it yet). I do alot of eye-rolling when I read about all that dramatic, teenage hysteria, but I understand that if I were 16, I’d probably love it. I suspect that I will have to buy her Linger soon…

  11. A lot of people have loved this series, but I’m hesitant to read it, for some reason. I think maybe I’m too old for it.

  12. A lot of people have loved this series, but I’m hesitant to read it, for some reason. I think maybe I’m too old for it.

  13. I am going to get to this very soon.

  14. I am going to get to this very soon.

  15. I agree with the issue about the parents. It was quite realistic to me that after virtually ignoring Grace in Shiver they would overcompensate in Linger. I liked book two better than book one!

  16. I agree with the issue about the parents. It was quite realistic to me that after virtually ignoring Grace in Shiver they would overcompensate in Linger. I liked book two better than book one!

  17. Great review, here. I’m glad that you brought up that point about how Grace and Sam were a little too dramatic about spending a few nights apart, and yet Grace’s mother is clearly over the line with her accusations about their relationship being just “lust.”
    For me, however, I found that incessant need for them to be together added to the believability to the story, since they are teenagers and are still prone to drama at times. But yes, at times it was a bit exasperating. 🙂
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater

  18. Great review, here. I’m glad that you brought up that point about how Grace and Sam were a little too dramatic about spending a few nights apart, and yet Grace’s mother is clearly over the line with her accusations about their relationship being just “lust.”
    For me, however, I found that incessant need for them to be together added to the believability to the story, since they are teenagers and are still prone to drama at times. But yes, at times it was a bit exasperating. 🙂
    – Alyssa of Redhead Heroines
    Book Review of “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater

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