- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (July 13 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545123283
- ISBN-13: 978-0545123280
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Linger Hardcover – Jul 13 2010
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Praise for Linger
#1 New York Times Bestseller
"This sequel's poetic prose skillfully captures the four teens' longings for love, forgetting, remembering, righting wrongs and life itself. The riveting ending will leave readers panting for the next sequel." - Kirkus Reviews
"This riveting narrative, impossible to put down, is not only an excellent addition to the current fangs and fur craze, but is also a beautifully written romance that, along with Shiver, will have teens clamoring for the third and final entry." - Voice of Youth Advocates
"Leaves readers hanging in anticipation for the next installment." - Booklist
About the Author
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, and Forever. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.See all Product description
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Sam has returned to his human form, and he and Grace are trying to settle back into the normal rhythms of HUMAN life -- getting a job, thinking about college, and fending off a police investigation into Olivia's disappearance. In the meantime, Isabel has been secretly feeding the still-lupine werewolves, which is only endangering them more because of her father's hatred for them.
But the problems that Beck left the pack haven't vanished -- Cole is determined to lose his pain in his wolf form, until he inadvertently stumbles into Isabel's life, and she finds herself drawn to him. And Grace's happiness at having Sam back is overshadowed by a mysterious illness, which may draw her even closer to the world of the werewolves.
Rather than stick to just one character, Stiefvater cycles through four different narrators in her story (Grace, Isabel, Cole and Sam), who offer different perspectives on everything that happens in the story. Isabel sounds pricklier and more sarcastic, Cole is all raw emotion, Grace is "normal" and Sam sort of straddles the fence between humanity and wolfiness. Given how many werewolf/vampire tales are first-person, it's nice to have some variation.
Her prose has a bare, silvery elegance and a raw, restless quality, even when Grace is the one narrating; it's even more striking when one of the werewolves is doing it ("In the bright light of the moon, a flat, pale disc behind a tangle of leafless branches"). And the book is filled with the smells and sights of early springtime -- melting ice, the remnants of biting cold, warming sunlight and the first little crocus.
While the first third of the book is a pretty steady, even affair, Grace's nightmare about turning into a wolf suddenly revs up the plot in a big way -- suddenly Grace's family hates Sam, Grace is horribly ill, and Sam is struggling to deal with Cole's unpredictable behavior (such as trying to turn into a wolf ON PURPOSE). And without revealing too much, Stiefvater opens the door wide for a third book that returns to the most powerful themes of the series.
"Linger" is a solid sequel to Maggie Stiefvater's first werewolf book, and her exquisite prose and well-rounded characters put this head'n'shoulders above most urban fantasy. Powerful and lovely.
With new points of view from Isabel and a new character, Cole, LINGER is full of new complications and unexpected dangers.
With their future uncertain, Grace and Sam struggle to find a way to stay together. The new trouble brought by Cole isn't helping. To top it all off, something is terribly wrong with Grace. There's only one way to save her, but will Sam be strong enough to do it?
It's hard to write a review of this book without giving too much away. I adored SHIVER and didn't think I'd like LINGER as much. Happily, I was wrong. I love the new addition of Cole's character and the complications and situations he brings to the story. This story will LINGER in my mind as I wait for FOREVER.
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
Linger is full of ironic twists that make you love it! Maggie builds more on the characters giving Isabel more depth than thought possible! From Shiver one would feel that Isabel is the typical California girl who has been forced to live in a tiny town and she seems to be a right wench. Linger picks up right where shiver leaves off and it's wonderful.
I found the first book made me cry and this one made me so sad but it was a good sad. You feel the characters emotions and you grow to like the new characters because they grow on you. I really hated Cole at first but now I like him because of the way Maggie gives you many small glimpses into his world.
The one thing that I did not like about the book was the fact that I spent the entire book wondering about Olivia's whereabouts. Despite that the book was very well written. It made me want to read more but since was nowhere near a library I had to wait.
The ending of this book was incredible and it was crazy because there was a hospital, blood, wolves, and an escape through the window! It was the kind of ending that would leave a person open mouthed and needing to read the next book! I am happy to say that I now have Forever and I can’t wait to read it! Also, just like Grace, I too wish to have a red coffee pot but I'd use it for tea.
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But over all it was a great book!
In Linger the story expands to spend more time with Isabel, whose brother had become a wolf, and Cole, who choose to be a wolf rather than...Read more
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